Recently I’ve talked about some of the less than fun things about keeping a budget together like cleaning, making your own detergent, or the perils of spending too much, but today I’d like to talk about the flip side of that: having fun on a budget!
I pride myself on being a creative person and I like to have a good time as much as the next gal, but finding fun things to do while sticking to a budget requires extra imagination and I often find myself scouring the internet for ideas of fun things to do that are either cheap or free.
I decided it would be fun if my husband and I had something to do each week that would make us better in some way. So I filled a mason jar with about a hundred ideas I grabbed off the internet for things that we could do that would either be fun, get us healthier, happier, or relax. Every week we pick a slip of paper out of the jar and make time to do the thing on the paper that week. It’s not always something super fun, but it’s always something that makes us a stronger couple because we are doing things together.
Here is a sampling of 10 of the things we’ve got in our jar to give you a little inspiration.
10 Ways To Have Fun On A Budget
- Give someone an unexpected gift. (Nothing over $5, it’s the thought that counts!)
- Get up early and watch the sunrise. (Romantic but chilly, bring a blanket and something hot to drink)
- Tell someone you love them every day this week. (Try not to make it the same person each day!)
- Offer to babysit for friends. (They’ll appreciate the break and a few hours with someone else’s little ones can be fun!)
- Clean out something you’ve been meaning to organize. (Could be your car, spare room, junk drawer etc. It might not be the most fun activity but it’ll make you feel good to get it done).
- Get a cheap loaf of bread or a stale one you have around the house and go feed some ducks. (We could get a loaf for 85 cents and it’s kinda fun watching the little feathered fellas run amuck!)
- “Christen” every room in the house. (You might not get to each room but by golly you’ll have fun trying!)
- Get a cheap set of water guns, or better yet a bag of water balloons, and have a water fight! (This was sooooooooo much fun!)
- Go through all of your photos that you have on your phone, computer, Facebook etc. and make a selection of pictures you actually want to print and have in your house in a frame or album. Get some of them printed if you have the funds or just take the time to organize which ones you want to print later, and budget the money to print them when you can. (With everything digital these days it would be easy to lose all your photo memories, plus it’s just fun to have on a wall.)
- Take a photo together every day this week. (This was exciting and ended up with us taking some strange pics when we remembered to do it each day.)
This is just a few ideas to get you started. You can fill the jar up with ideas of things you’d like to do, but nothing on the list should cost more than $5 so that you can stick to a budget. We’ve got nearly 2 years worth of fun and interesting things to look forward to coming out of that jar each week. Priceless!