There’s a common misconception that you need to spend money to have fun. If you buy into this misconception too much, you’ll easily amuse yourself broke. Fortunately, there are many ways to relax, have fun and enjoy a day or afternoon off for little or no money.
1. Parks and Trails
Most cities spend a significant amount of money providing and maintaining public parks and trails. On nice days, these are great places to enjoy fresh air, exercise and family time. Fly a kite, go for a run, ride a bike or just hang out!
2. Board Games
On days that aren’t so pleasant to hang outside, board games can provide hours of indoor fun. Spend an evening as a family playing or get together with friends. Enjoy classics like Monopoly or Scrabble, or some of the latest hits like Scythe or Sea Fall. One warning tho: buying board games can be a great investment in family fun, especially if you buy games that you’ll play over and over again. However, there is the potential to go overboard and buy every new game that catches your eye, leaving you with a basement full of games you never play and a wallet empty of cash. So buy selectively!
3. Pick-up Basketball (or Soccer, Football, etc)
Get a bunch of friends together, or just show up somewhere with ball in hand and start playing. Exercise, fresh air, and fun, all for free!
4. Visit the Library
Even if you’re in a smaller town, you probably have a decent library. Find books to read and movies to watch. Many libraries also host a variety of activities for people of all ages!
5. Gaze the Stars
My Dad is a walking encyclopedia of constellations. I think I can pick out 2 (maybe 3 at the most). But it’s still fun to go out on a clear night where there isn’t a lot of light pollution and be amazed at all that is out there. You can probably also find a constellation guide at the library (see number 4). Even better if you know someone with a telescope.
6. Build or Make Something
Be productive and get creative. Take a shot at woodworking or sewing or any other craft. You can find plans or patterns all over the internet, including these woodworking plans.
Geocaching is what happens when geeks go outside. If you’ve never heard of geocaching before, it’s basically a giant, worldwide treasure hunt. For more, check out this site.
8. Attend Free Lectures and Speeches
For some people, this is too reminiscent of school and isn’t fun at all. But if you like being introduced to new ideas, listening to an expert on any given subject might be just your cup of tea. Often local colleges and universities will host lectures. And every 4 years, political campaign season is ripe with candidates dying for an audience!
Give back to the community by volunteering. Visit a nursing home, help out at a non-profit, participate in a political campaign, and the list could go on. Find something you’re passionate about and do it for free!
Being a blogger, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include writing. Writing can be fun and therapeutic. You’ll be developing a valuable skill while you’re at it. It doesn’t have to be a blog (but check out The Blogpress if you want to start one). Write short stories, journal, share your opinions with your newspaper.
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