Make the most of your staycation

Sticking close to home this year? Here’s how to enjoy every minute on the cheap

Do schedule something special every day, even if it’s just a trip to the new coffee shop in town. Other ideas: a hike through the woods, a museum visit or a leisurely lunch with a friend.

Don’t resolve to tackle a long home-repair to-do list. Unless DIY projects are your passion, you’re likely to end up resenting that you used your time off to do work around the house.

Do entertain with a film festival. Pick a genre, and rent a movie for every night of the week. Pop corn with a twist―you can find recipes for pizza-flavored and cinnamon-chocolate popcorn at allyou.com.

Do indulge in your local cuisine. You’re saving money by not travelling, so why not splurge―at least one night―on a nice restaurant in your area that you normally go to only on special occasions.

Do get the kids into the act. Have them pick a name for the family “hotel,” then get themto make a welcome sign. Kids can pick pretend jobs such as front-desk clerk (they can check in “guests”) and room-service waiter (help them serve breakfast in bed to family members).

Don’t check in with work. So you can truly feel away, avoid contact with your colleagues.

Do embark on a manageable project. Maybe you’ve been meaning to perfect your chocolate mousse recipe. Here’s your chance.