Your first weekend without plans in ages doesn’t have to be all about back-to-work doom and eating leftover mince pies. No! It’s all about using your time brilliantly. Here are five free life hacks to help you get ready to take on 2014.

DOWNLOAD AN APP TO MAKE YOUR SKIN AMAZING 
If Christmas parties have taken their toll on your skin, it’s probably time for a detox. (Relax – we’re not talking beetroot juice.) iDrated is a handy new app that makes sure you’re drinking enough water, and gives you a little reminder if you’re not. 


SHOP THE SALES, SMARTLY
Red Laser is an app that turns you into a super-savy shopper by letting you scan an item before you buy it and comparing prices from loads of online stores and high-street shops, so you don’t spend more than you should.

WATCH NETFLIX FOR FREE WITH YOUR MATES
Netflix is offering a free month-long trial (hi there!) and have just added a heap of new films and TV programmes. Perfect excuse to stay in, non?

LEARN TO COOK USING YOUR LEFTOVERS
Save money and channel Nigella? 101 Sandwiches author Helen Graves' food blog has loads of ideas for using up leftovers to make yum-but-healthy treats. 

HAVE A DIY PROJECT SEXY
Make Sunday an at-home-salon day without spending a cent. Queen of the YouTube tutorial Michelle Phan’s olive oil and honey face mask takes about a minute to make, leaves winter skin revitalised and uses ingredients that are already in your cupboard.

GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER 
Use this weekend to get your life together, and make Monday morning angst disappear. Evernote is a super-cool website and app that allows you to make and share documents and keep all your notes in one place, so there’s no need to constantly email yourself/write on your hand. Honestly, you'll be the envy of the office.