Sometimes you have a friend who needs to feel supported – but you can’t spend any money or be there for them as much as you would like. We’ve been there, so here are some easy ways to support a friend while you’re on a budget.
1. Free downloads
If you have a home printer, then you have everything you need to support your friend. There are plenty of free printables online, just check out our Pinterest Board dedicated entirely to supporting your friend. Or one of our many free downloads. Send something via mail or text and let them know that you’re thinking of them.
2. Go back in time to your kindergarten craft hour
Break out the glitter, glue, and construction paper and hand make a few cards to send to your friend, even if they live in the same town! Even though we get postcards delivered monthly, we still love creating our own. It allows us to get crafty and prep several cards at once. Then it’s easy to mail out a card every few days.
3. Pick flowers for them or buy them from a TJ’s or Farmer’s Market
Fresh flowers can really brighten someone’s day. We love picking wildflowers if you’re able, but if not, Trader Joes and a local farmers market will have some gorgeous options at an affordable price. Pick up a few bouquets and mix and match them in a mason jar. Then you can take some to your friend and still have some for your own home!
4. Host a self care night
Stay in, turn on some great music, drink tea, and pull out all of your favorite facial products. Taking care of yourself can be hard when you’re struggling, so hosting a night for your friend leaves self care a no brainer.
5. Comment on their latest post
It may seem silly, but one of the easiest ways to support a friend for free is to just go and leave a heartfelt message on their latest Instagram or Facebook post. Let them know you’re thinking of them and really care about them. If it’s a private matter and they’ve confided in you, send them a DM, referring back to that post.
6. Text them an encouraging background for their phone
When they’re going through a hard time, something as simple as a “pretty background” can really brighten a friend’s day. We have curated some of our favorite gorgeous phone backgrounds so you don’t have to! Check out our Phone Wallpaper board on Pinterest.
7. Make them a home cooked meal and leave it on their porch
When someone is going through something, sometimes the best thing you can do is give them space. Let them know you respect this boundaries but are supportive by dropping off a small cooler of food on their porch. Maybe it’s dinner, maybe it’s some snacks from Trader Joes, or maybe it’s just a six pack of their favorite beer. Whatever you leave, they will appreciate the effort and respect of their space.
8. Send them messages
This part is important: be consistent. You’re looking for free or budget friendly ways to support a friend, so you can afford to stay on top of these messages. Put a reminder on your phone, leave a post it up on your front door, or prep things ahead of time. It doesn’t have to be much, but you really want to send the message that you’re there. A simple gif, thoughtful image, or selfie can go a long way.
9. Venmo $3 for a coffee
Or splurge and send $5! But either way, let them know that their coffee is on you this morning. Who doesn’t love starting off their day with an extra treat?
10. Invite them on a walk
Who doesn’t love to get outside? Sometimes it’s easier than others, and for someone who is hurting, it may not be easy at all. So invite them to get out. Meet them at the nearest park and enjoy a walk. The prettier the scenery, the better. It’s often easier to open up when you’re walking next to someone – they don’t have to look at you while they share what’s bothering them.
11. Send them something you’re loving in the moment
Have a face mask you’re crushing on? A favorite seasoning? A yummy wine? Share it! No matter how small, it’s the thought that counts. Send it or hand it over to them with a handwritten card and let them know that you just wanted to share something that brightens your day and you hope it brightens theirs.
12. Invite them over for a movie night
Pjs and popcorn highly encouraged. Movies are great because if they’re not up for talking, they don’t have to. But it’s just as easy to forgo the movie and enjoy some wine if they’re ready to open up.
No matter what you do, the most important thing of all is to follow up. If your friend lets you know that they’re struggling, don’t forget it. Be consistent in reaching out to them. Not just for a week or a month, but for a while. Set an alarm on your phone to do something twice a week or twice a month and stay consistent with checking in.