Too Many Ideas for Free Fun

Ryan and I have been on a tight budget.  That is not to say that we’re broke.  In fact, our giving is up, we’re making respectable contributions to our IRA and we’re paying down our debt in a responsible fashion.  But because we’re doing all these things, what’s left doesn’t leave much room for shopping sprees or reckless recreation.

So back in June I did a search of some blogs and discovered a few ideas for how to spend my time and not my money!  Here’s a few of my favourites:

Sally Parrott Ashbrook at Aprovechar suggests:

  • having a DVD exchange with your friends
  • visit your local farmers market (you don’t even have to buy anything to have fun!)
  • play a board game
  • picnic in a nearby park you’re always driving past
  • gather friends and have a creative painting party
  • host a tea party (surely you have tea!)
  • go berry picking (is it too late for that up north?)
  • go for a bike ride
  • volunteer
  • nap

Frugal Duchess in her post on WiseBread suggests (among other things):

  • listing to music
  • writing a letter
  • do a clothing purge
  • draw
  • nap

Rachel at Small Notebook suggests:

  • hosting an impromtu dance party!
  • watching the sunset (or sunrise, I might add)
  • people watch!
  • dress up formally and go eat fast food (I love this one!)
  • figure out the free day for your local museum and check it out
  • go fly a kite (and perhaps make it yourself too!)

Sarah at Simply Sunshine put together a list of 100 things, including:

  • climbing a tree
  • writing inspirational messages in chalk around your community
  • go to a fancy dress shop and try on pretty things
  • go antiquing
  • eat breakfast outside
  • host a potluck in your home
  • nap in the sunshine

Any more suggestions?


One Comment Add yours

  1. Here are a few more to add to your list from an active/outdoorsy perspective:

    – Hiking
    – Sledding
    – Running
    – Bike riding
    – Organize an outdoor game w/ friends (capture the flag, Frisbee football, etc.), you can even combine this with the potluck you mentioned

    For bonus points, try doing all of those barefoot! except maybe the sledding… 😉

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