So if you don’t have enough “expendable” income to do whatever you want – there are many things you can do that don’t cost much. Here is a list of 40 things you can do:
1. Go to the Park
You can take your family or go with a friend. I have lived in the same area for over 13 years and I just found this park that is absolutely gorgeous and on the water. It is quiet and peaceful. I go there now at least once a week to play my Pokemon Go game and reflect on all that I have going on in my life.
2. Watch the Sunset
Find a great spot in your community to catch the sunset. We are about 5 minutes away from the Intracoastal Waterway that has some great views.
3. Pack a Picnic Lunch
Throw a picnic lunch together and find a shady spot to enjoy the day with your loved ones.
4. Play Board Games
Bring out the old favorites like Monopoly or Scrabble, or find new board games to play.
5. Play Card Games
Invite a few friends over and have a card night.
6. Do a Road Rally With Friends
Get in the car or your motorcycle, or even your bicycle and go for a ride!
7. Go on a Digital Scavenger Hunt
Make it a digital scavenger hunt. Think of some creative, hilarious pictures you could take with people in the community, or check out this list for scavenger hunt ideas.
When creating the scavenger hunt lists, write things that each team needs to actually collect, and other things that can’t be collected and can be photographed with a digital camera phone and/or taped on video. Here are example scavenger hunt list ideas of things each team needs to collect during the scavenger hunt:
- A restaurant napkin
- A family recipe from a local resident
- A take-out menu from a chinese restaurant
- A copy of the front page of the local newspaper (can’t buy the newspaper!)
- A bag full of as much trash you can pick up (can’t take from trash cans!)
- A fortune cookie (extra points if the word “happy” appears in the the fortune cookie note)
- A change of address card from the post-office
- A “buy one, get one free” coupon
- A receipt for 30 cents worth of gas
- Catch a bus from ____ to ____ and bring back the ticket
- A business card of a lawyer (extra points if his first name is “John”)
- A disposable toilet seat cover
- A stranger’s autograph (extra points if his/her name is “Jordan”)
8. Throw a B.Y.O.E. Party
This stands of Bring Your Own Everything. Guests are encouraged to bring food and drinks to share. Or, check this post out for more frugal party ideas.
9. Have a Bonfire or Campfire in Your Backyard
Make s’mores and play campfire games.
10. Get Ice Cream
Hit up your local ice cream shop and indulge in your favorite dish!
11. Make a Romantic Dinner
Plan a romantic, candlelight dinner for your spouse or loved one.
12. Grill Something New
Try a new grilling recipe. There’s no better eye candy for your next paleo grilling project than a colorful skewer loaded up with sizzling meat, peppers, onion and pineapple.
13. Go to the Zoo
Many times a local museum will have free or discount days. Zoos are fairly inexpensive if you pack your own lunch and avoid the unnecessary extras.
14. Scan Your Old Photographs
Take the weekend to go through your old photos and scan them into a digital file. You can even create digital scrapbooks!
15. Pretend You’re a Tourist in Your Community
Most folks rarely visit their own city’s tourist attractions. Take a weekend be a tourist in your own town.
16. Organize a Neighborhood Cleanup
Get friends and neighbors together to go and clean up a city block.
17. Go to the Farmers Market
Communities will usually have farmers markets on the weekends where you can get locally grown produce. The food is fresh and delicious!
18. Pick Strawberries or Other Fruit
Find a “U-Pick” spot to gather some fresh strawberries, blueberries, or other fruit and then…
19. Bake a Pie
Use the freshly picked fruit to bake a homemade pie!
20. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen or Homeless Shelter
Organizations like these are always looking for volunteers. This will be one of the most rewarding things you could do this weekend and can possibly make a difference on your resume!
21. Invite Your Neighbors Over
With today’s busy pace, it seems harder to get to know our neighbors. Invite them over for dinner or dessert and make an effort to know more about them.
22. Go Fishing
Grab the poles, find a pond, and cast those lines!
23. Go to the Beach
Hit the sandy shores for a little rest and relaxation. Just don’t forget to protect your skin!
24. Go to the Library
There are many benefits your local library has to offer besides just books. You can rent movies, page through magazines, or surf the net.
25. Host a Classic Movie Marathon
Invite friends over for a movie marathon featuring all the classics you remember from when you were growing up. Or, host a money movie marathon!
26. Rearrange the Furniture in Your House
My wife and I did this last weekend. I love the new look and feel of our living room now! Rearranging furniture doesn’t cost anything and adds a new flair to your place.
27. Write Out Your Bucket List and Pick One to Do
28. Put Together a Jigsaw Puzzle
When is the last time you put together a puzzle? Find one you like and get to it.
29. Volunteer to Babysit for Someone Who “Needs a Break”
I know many parents who would love for someone to offer a chance to take a break from the busyness of life. Many single parents hardly ever get a chance to get out and unwind.
30. Clean Out Your Closet and Donate to a Thrift Store
Go through your closets and declutter. Find items you can donate to your local Goodwill or another thrift shop.
31. Watch for Shooting Stars
Go on a star-gazing adventure. Grab a blanket and head to a park to lay and watch the stars.
32. Go on a Bike Ride
Bike to a location you’ve never been to before. Or, bring your bike to a town or city you’re unfamiliar with and create your own bike tour. Just be safe on your bike!
33. Take a Free Online Class
There are plenty of free online classes you could take to improve your skills in a certain area. Try your hand at investment classes if that interests you!
34. Write Out Your Life Plan
This one will take some thought but will be well worth it. Wiki How has a great site to look at to help you.
35. Set Three New Goals for Yourself
Related to the life plan is setting three new goals you’d like to accomplish in the new six to twelve months…and write them down!
36. Find a Community Play to Attend
Many local communities offer inexpensive theater productions.
37. Help Someone in Need
Lend a helping hand to a neighbor, co-worker, or friend.
38. Buy Food for the Homeless and Listen to Their Stories
It’s not always wise to give money to a homeless person, but you can buy food. Listen to their stories, and if possible, direct them to an organization that can help.
39. Go Bowling
Get some friends together and have a blast at the lanes!
40. Visit A Museum
Big cities are known for their museums. Tourists find other attractions in places like New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco, but going to famous exhibit halls is often a major part of the itinerary for visitors to these metropolises. Click here for a great list