For many people, money can be a tricky subject. Due to the economy, some people are barely getting by. They want to do things and enjoy life, but the money is tight. Did you know that there are tons of free things to do? In this post, I’ll be sharing 25 free activities that you can do.
25 Free Things to Do
Go to the Park
Going to the park is the first item on the list of free things to do. The park is always a nice place to visit. If you have kids, this is an excellent place to go. Depending on the size of your city, you may have a lot to choose from. You could bring a blanket and food and have a picnic out there. If you have allergies, make sure that you take your Claritin first. You don’t want to be out there sneezing the whole time. That would mess up the experience.
Visit the Library
The library is always free. Besides books, you can also check out movies and music. If you work at home, the library could be a change of place for you. It may even allow you to get your creative juices flowing.
This is the perfect weekend for you to clean your house. You should clean closets, drawers, cabinets, and your garage if you have one. Once you find things you no longer need, you donate or eliminate them.
Sell items on eBay or Craigslist
If some of the items you get rid of are in good condition, you can sell them on sites like eBay or Craigslist. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’ve been selling on eBay for a minute. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to contact me. You can make some money on your items.
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Learn a Foreign Language
Next up on the list of free things to do is to learn a foreign language. You can rent some books from the library in the language you are interested in. There are also websites such as Duolingo or even YouTube that can help you out.
Start a Photo Project
Most of us have a box of family pictures – here is a time to go through it and create an album. Once you begin this process, you’ll surely be hooked. If your photos are digital, upload the keepers to a website like Flickr. It is totally free and so cool. You can edit, organize, and crop them to make albums, then share them with loved ones. You can print some pictures and put them in the album below if you’re old school.
Take a Nap
Not just a regular nap, make it memorable with all your favorite stuff – a comfy blanket, open window, soft music, pillow, or secluded location outdoors. Or even better, turn off your phone, get engaged with a great book, and steal away for the whole afternoon.
Make a Playlist for Someone Special
Pick out some special music and make someone’s day. If you can not create a playlist, find tutorials on itunes.com or Microsoft.com. When you are done, you can burn a CD or load it onto the person’s cellphone or iPod.
It is not exactly a sporting event but an outdoor treasure-hunting game involving a GPS to hide and seek caches (containers). Typically, a cache is a small waterproof container containing treasure/ logbooks, usually trinkets, and little-value toys. Over 600,000 geocachers are registered on several websites do this pastime. Just with a GPS-enabled phone, you are good to go. Just visit geocaching.com and read how to get started. You will need to register, but it is free. When you are ready, input your zip code and start Geocaching.
Find Your Favorite Student (or Yourself) a Scholarship
If you have a few hours of free time, you can visit some websites like Fastweb to check out some scholarships and grants available for college students. On FastWeb, here are a lot of information and advice to help win more awards. You must register your student or yourself to help filter the type of award they qualify for. It takes a lot of work, but you can discover scholarships and grants ideal for your specific background.
You could take some time and do some volunteer work. Visit a hospital to ask if their pediatric ward needs a storyteller, help at a women’s shelter, or other places needing volunteers. Call your church to find out about projects that need someone to help out.
Take in a Local Event
Several cities host free live music concerts, picnics, and festivals, so find out from your newspapers, the website of local colleges, chambers of commerce, churches, etc. You can also google the name of your city with the keyword – tourist, and get ready for a pleasant surprise of the number of event attractions that you had either forgotten about or were not even aware of their existence. By doing that, you can support your community and have a ball simultaneously- killing two birds with a stone.
Go on a picnic
A picnic with close relatives is an excellent way to have fun without spending money. You can go to your preferred outdoor spot and use it as a chance to explore new places. Here is a strategy for you – pull up Google Maps and search for green patches near your home. Then google that name to see if it is a place you can go for a picnic.
Take a Hike
Hiking is one of the best ways to see nature while exercising the body. Find trails near you using channels like AllTrails, which gives you a detailed trail map, reviews, and pictures.
Read Some Books
Books are free to read and usually easily accessible. If you don’t have a book, you can easily find one at a local library or get a free eBook off the internet. It doesn’t have to be a novel, but it could also be a history or travel book. There is so much you can do by reading a book; it can be enjoyable once you indulge in it.
Plan Your Routine
Take some time to plan your routine for the next week. It might not be fun, but it’ll help you organize things and make the coming week less stressful. You could plan your meals for the week, the supplies you have to get and when to get them, and how much time you can spend on a task. This can be a beneficial way to spend some downtime and doesn’t cost you a dime.
Make a Dinner Date
Dinner dates aren’t as expensive as you think and could be free depending on the food that you have at home. Make a nice meal and invite some friends over for dinner. That way, you can strengthen the bond between you guys by having fun at the dinner table. On other days you could switch it up and go to their place for a dinner date. This could be an enjoyable time to spend with your loved ones. You could make some salad, or pasta or even a sauce.
Go out and Take Some Pictures
Sick and tired of staying indoors? Then you can opt for an outdoor photo session. It’s a beautiful world out there. Nowadays, most smartphones have great cameras, so you do not need to hire a photographer to take pictures. You could even take some friends with you and have a nice laugh taking pictures and walking around.
Visit the Museum
Another free thing to do is to visit a museum. Almost every city has a museum these days. You could go alone or take your friends and family with you. Visiting museums is an excellent way to learn about history and culture and see a lot of artifacts. You could even take some pictures at the museum for memory’s sake. There are a lot of free museums that have tons of exhibits. You could see prehistoric animals like dinosaurs, other exciting things, and even art galleries.
Connect With Friends and Family
In today’s society, many folks are too busy with work and other things to keep in touch with their friends or maintain a healthy family relationship. This has led to many relationship failures between friends and family, which is major because we do not make time to hang out with them or even call them.
This could be done whenever you have some free time. Your relationships do not have to suffer because of work. Call your friends and invite them over so you can do things together. Drive and say hi to your mom, dad, or sibling. It costs absolutely nothing and could be very helpful to you.
Treat Yourself to a Homemade Spa Night
One way to relieve stress is a hot bath and some relaxation. If you don’t want to spend all that money on a spa, why not create a mini spa in your home? Prep your bathroom for spa night by adding some scented candles, roses, body oil, and scenting soap. Put on some relaxing music and let the music play as you lay in the tub, soaking up that heat. It will do your body some good and help you relax.
This is another fun activity I love to do on the weekends. I call it “Netflix and Chill.” Throughout the week, we are probably so bothered with meeting submission deadlines or getting the job done that we need more time to catch up with some of our beloved series or movies. Over the weekends, I get a nice hot meal and a little bottle of wine, turn on the TV, and watch movies.
Movies are exciting ways to pass the time and have fun. You could invite friends and make it a movie night where you all agree on a particular movie. Movie nights on the weekend are great for bonding, and they almost cost nothing.
Another fun free activity is a game night. If you love to play games, the game night will do great for you. It doesn’t matter the type of game. It could be a PlayStation, an Xbox, or simple board games like Scrabble or chess. It doesn’t matter. Games are fun and free ways to pass the time. It also has the habit of bringing friends closer through healthy competition and fun.
Chase Your Passion
Thanks to the stress of working a 9 to 5 or running a business, we barely have the time to follow our passions or hobbies. Weekends are great times to do that. If your passion is to learn the guitar or take singing lessons, you could do that over the weekend without spending a dime. Thanks to Youtube lessons. You could take time from your weekend to chase that passion or learn something new. Maybe a new language or sport does not matter.
Here’s something you can do over the weekend. The yard sale is gold, not only because you do not spend money but because you can make money from it. Whether we like it or not, there will always be something that we don’t need, but we keep it anyway. Well, it’s time to empty that basement or closet and start a yard sale.
Yard sales are fantastic because they can help you meet new people in your neighborhood and make some money.
Hopefully, you find something on this list of free things to do that excites you. You shouldn’t have to have a boring weeknight or weekend just because you don’t want to spend some money.
Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel, and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University with his BA in Marketing. Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia.