Having fun doesn’t always have to cost money. Whether you are saving more to pay off your debts, build your emergency savings or want to start investing you don’t have to miss out on the fun while you save.
Here is a list of things to do that are completely free.
1. Get a library card. Find books on a topic that interest you. If the library doesn’t have what you are looking for you can always request it.
2. Borrow a book and get lost in another world and new information.
3. Rent a movie from the library. Movies and tv shows don’t have to cost a thing.
4. Listen to a podcast. Podcasts are free and they come in plenty of different types to suit anyone’s taste. My favourites are Fabulositea, The Fizzle Show, and The Simple Sophisticate. I like going for a walk whilst listening to podcasts as I find it very calming.
5. Take some free classes at the library. There are free classes and talks at libraries. You can even request your library to host talks that interest you ( I know amazing right?)
6. Go to the market. Observe all the different characters at the market and make up stories about their lives. Or learn about different types of foods. Take photos. Smell the flowers at the flower shop. Markets are good when you want to observe the world and people watch.
7. Go to your nearest park that’s walking distance to you. If you have to use the public transport it might cost a little bit more.
8. Enjoy the park features. The slide and swings don’t discriminate against adults. Although, I suggest going when the park is quiet, we don’t want to be competing with the kids.
9. Visit your local beach. I understand not everyone can do this, trust me I used to live in a landlocked country, but if you live in a place that has beaches that’s just a tram ride away it can be a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
10. Go for a run/walk/skate around your neighbourhood. Get acquainted with where you live. Almost every time I go for a leisurely walk I always find new and interesting places in my neighbourhood.
11. Have a spa experience in your own home. Having a nice leisurely bath is one of the easiest ways to get some rest and relaxation into your day. Draw a bath and just relax. For an extra nice touch add some Epsom salts, plus a drop of lavender essential oil to your bath.
12. Have a potluck dinner. Just because you are saving up doesn’t mean you can’t be social. Cook one meal and invite people and assign them to bring either an appetiser, a main, a dessert or drinks. There’ll plenty of food and who know someone may bring a dish that you have never tried.
P.S The assigning is important because you can end up with 10 serves dessert without it.
13.Have people over for tea. This is something I would do because I already have an array of different teas and all I need is boiled water. Being social doesn’t have to go on for hours and hours. People catch up over coffee why not for tea at the comfort your own homes I say.
14. Dance. If you have the privacy of your own room and a source of music then play your favourite music and do some crazy dancing. Alone or with company, your choice.
15. Make money by selling your stuff that you don’t use. Have old tech gadgets, books, kitchen stuff you haven’t used for awhile sell them. You’ll make space and make money. This can be fun in itself if you enjoy clearing out your stuff, if not you can spend the money on fun experiences once you have the money
16. Make a mixtape/playlist on Spotify/ Soundcloud. Make a soundtrack to start/ end your day right. Sometimes having the right music to start your day right is all it takes to have a good day.
17. Get free guided meditation apps. I loved guided meditations and there are so many free options available. It’s perfect for relaxing and getting back into a calm mindset.
18. Learn how to cook. Challenging yourself to learn something new is inherently not boring ( unless you find learning new things anxiety-inducing, in that case sorry). You don’t even need food to start learning how to cook. All you need is a cookbook, or cooking show, or Youtube channel to start learning. Once you feel comfortable move on to working with actual produce.
19. Go for a bike ride if you have a bike and it’s nice weather. New scenery and the exercise will do you good.
20. Enjoy free parts of a museums and art exhibit. There’s always a free part to museums and exhibitions. The bonus with this tip is you won’t have to spend a whole day at the place, a couple of hours tops.
21. Volunteer somewhere fun. I went to slumber party once to a museum to sleep underneath the dinosaurs when I volunteered for a camp! Everything was free. If you have the holidays to spare there are plenty of fun charities and organisations that need volunteers for camping trips.
22. Go to improv nights. Improv nights are usually free. You can participate and improve your skills or you can watch free comedy and cheer on the brave souls who do improv.
P.S. Other comedy places have almost free shows on days like Mondays and Tuesdays.
23. Go to MeetUps. You’ll meet people and learn something new. Most MeetUps are free and some ask for donations.
24. Go to a university campus when they have bands playing for free. Enjoy the bad/good music and reminisce the times when you were their age.
25. Practice your own music. Do you play an instrument? Do you sing? I find it fun to just dawdle around the house singing. If you want a more social activity start a band, it’s social and you get to be musical.
26. Create something. Create a song, a short story, a blog post, a play whatever strikes your fancy. When you are creating something it’s almost impossible to be bored.
27. Tell everyone it’s your birthday, throw a party, and get people to buy you stuff. Just kidding, don’t do that.
Knowing that you don’t have to rely on money in order to have fun is a freedom like no other, so please let me know if you have any fun things that I have missed in the list above! What do you do to have fun without spending any money ( or very little amount of money)? Let me know in the comments section below.
With love and simplicity,