In keeping with the idea of helping you all find fun free or cheap ways to entertain yourselves while sticking to your budget, I thought I’d share with you some of the activities we’ve found as ways to entertain ourselves.
Here are six more ideas for having fun without breaking the bank:
1. Go to a museum.
Ok, it might not sound like the most fun in the world and maybe it’s not your thing, but it is a way to kill an afternoon on the cheap and you might actually find it’s interesting. We recently went to the Wool museum here in Geelong on weekend when entry was free and we had a nice time. And while we mostly thought “Gee, how exciting can a wool museum be?” they actually had a really neat costume exhibit and a machine that made socks (way cooler than it sounds!).
2. Go for a picnic.
It’s getting a little chilly here to go for a picnic, but when the weather is warmer it is one of our favourite things to do on a weekend. If you’re really on a budget don’t even bring food. Just throw out a big blanket and lie around together in a pretty park on the grass and people watch.
Choose a place at random that you’ve never been that’s no more than 30 min from home (by car or foot or bus or whatever mode of transport you prefer) and go and check it out! We’ve got a handful of little towns and parks and landmarks all within half and hour of us and we’ve come to really enjoy a good day trip.
4. Cook something new.
My husband and I both enjoy cooking and trying new recipies. We like to watch cooking contest shows while we cook and then rate our dinner like they do on tv with serious faces and accents like the judges. (NO you’re the dork!)
5. Get off your devices!
For one month we did a tech cleanse. No computers, phones, or tv outside of work hours. So no cell phones first thing in the morning, no tv during dinner, and no computers on the weekends. We made exceptions during the work day because, well, it’s just not really feasible, but the rest of the time it forced us to get creative. We did a lot of gardening, board games, puzzles, cooking and chatting. I got back into my sewing and my husband started a model airplane I got him for Christmas. I’m thinking it might become something we do one day a week just to take a break from all the screens we’re always surrounded by.
6. Make time to chat with friends and family.
With our busy lives it’s so easy to forget to chat to the people we love. We like their status updates and photo posts, but when was the last time you actually had a chat to your best friends? Grandmother? That gal you hit it off with at an office lunch and thought you might want to have a coffee with outside of work? Take advantage of things like Skype which lets you chat for free to those you love who are far away and make time to sit face to face with people you enjoy, it’s good for your spirit!
Life is too short and days are too long not to go out and do fun things and enjoy it! Don’t let a pesky thing like not having much moolah get in the way of getting out and living the good life!
For more budgeting ideas, check out these posts:
- 6 Smart Ways To Save Money On Laundry Expenses
- Does A Garden Actually Save You Money?
- Falling Off The Budget Wagon