If you have been on a budget for any amount of time, there is one thing that you begin to realize almost immediately: it takes money to do stuff. Weekends, date nights, and hanging out with friends become more of a brainstorming challenge to avoid spending money than a fun night with friends.
Since hubby and I have been on a budget for a while, I have kept a mental list of “free fun” for those boring nights and weekends where we are itching to do something.
Luckily, the activities below make for great fun, entertainment, and awesome social engagements regardless if you’re spending the day inside or hanging outside. It hardly feels like your on a budget.
#1 City Events
Free city events can include anything from festivals to parades and much more. You will usually find that many of these are around certain times like St. Patrick’s day, Mardi Gras, Christmas, 4th of July and such. Some cities even have strawberry festivals and watermelon festivals – I’ve been in both! (Thanks, Mom!)
Invite some friends over for comforting food and good conversation. Have everyone bring one dish and you supply one dish as well. This can easily be done once a month with a change in location, friends, and meals.
#3 Game Night
Enjoy a night of laughter and have a game night at home. Family and friends can easily join in and the endless supply of games ensures no one gets bored. Games like Monopoly: The Classic Edition, The Game of Life, Electronic Battleship game and Jenga Classic game are always in rotation at our house.
Grab a fishing pole and head on out to the lake. This is a wonderful activity for the entire family. The husband and I go with my sister and her husband. It’s a great way to spend time with family on a Saturday morning.
For those of you who want to do good with the time you have, then consider local volunteering opportunities. Soup kitchens, shelters, Boys and Girls clubs, sitting with the elderly and Habitat for Humanity are a few of the things you can do for free while making an impact in someone’s life and helping others. It’s a win-win!
#6 Movie Night
Do you enjoy movies? Comedy, action, romantic…and a ton of other genres can turn a regular night into a great one. Grab some snacks and drinks to make a Saturday night worth staying in for.
Museums are usually free to visit. There are a variety of museums to choose from such as historic, art, and agricultural.
Spend some time in the garden. There are many options to choose from such as planting flowers or planting food. Trust me, you can spend hours working in a garden.
A good book sure makes the time go by. Stop by the library and curl up with a good book for a few hours.
#10 Book Club
Upgrade from a quiet time at the library and join a full-fledged book club. The meetings typically range from weekly to once a month. Enjoy great conversation and other points of view on the topic. Related: 16 Health & Fitness Books To Inspire Your Journey
The park is an awesome place to go and have a good time. Besides hanging out under a shaded tree, activities such as walking, running, biking, and Frisbee are popular. If you do not want to work up a sweat, other options such as feeding the ducks or having a relaxing picnic can be a great way to get out and get fresh air.
A good summer activity for kids and adults alike is to take a dip in the pool on a hot summer day. Not only is it refreshing but it is a great workout as well.
Bring out your inner child and grab some paint! This is a great activity that can be done alone, as couples, or with the entire family. Gather everyone outside on the back porch so that you don’t have to worry about paint dripping on the carpet. If you want to find out more about the paint set I use, click here.
#14 Yard Sale
Throw out the old and get paid to do so! Get the whole family involved in some spring cleaning and have a money-making yard sale. Benefits include making extra cash and getting rid of the kid’s old toys and clothes.
#15 Home Depot Workshops
We can all stand to fix up the house. Get up early Saturday morning and spend some time attending the Home Depot workshop. Workshops are created for anyone including women and children specific workshops.
How do you have fun without spending money?