Being frugal doesn’t mean life has to be boring. There are many activities you can do for free, or very cheap!
So if you’re ready to get out the house this weekend, but you don’t want to spend money, here are 21 fun activities you can do with your family, and still, have a good time.
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21 Ways to Have Fun Without Spending Money
1. Paint with your kids
I love simple kid art projects. And you can hang it beautifully in your home.
2. Play board/card games
Boards games can turn a boring night into a fun little party fast. Just invite a few people over and get ready to have a ball!
3. Bake cookies from scratch
I love baking cookies from scratch. It’s a fun and frugal activity we enjoy doing as a family. And of course, the best part is when you finally get to taste the fruit of your labor! 😋
4. Go camping in your backyard
This is a wonderful way to reconnect with your loved ones. I mean, who can resist s’mores, right?! You can even make it a device-free night!
5. Do a scavenger hunt with the kids
Challenge your kids to a fun scavenger hunt and you’ll finally get them off those tablets.
6. Host a potluck with family & friends
Feeding a crowd can add up, so hosting a potluck will save you time AND money. Just choose a theme like Mexican fiesta, breakfast, seafood, or finger food for example, and have your guests bring a corresponding dish.
7. Host a water or nerf gun fight
It’s so much cheaper than renting a bunch of paintball guns. Besides, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a good nerf gun war! 🙂
8. Volunteer to feed to homeless or distribute items to the needy
You may not always have the money to donate, but sometimes donating your time is the next best thing. You’ll get to see firsthand how your efforts are benefiting your community.
9. Go fishing
Even if you’re a vegetarian or an animal lover you can still participate! Most people actually fish for recreation and not for eating.
10. Go to the beach
If you’re lucky enough to live near a fabulous beach, this is something you can do just about every weekend that won’t cost you a dime.
11. Take pictures of your kids
We’ll sometimes go to a state park to have a mini photo shoot, and my kids love it! They grow up fast, so I decided to buy a really good camera since it’s cheaper (and easier) than always needing a photographer.
12. Have a picnic
Pack up some food and take the family out to a local park. Spend a few hours playing and eating under the sun.
13. Attend a free music/movies day
During the summer months, there is all kind of free events going on. To make sure you’re not tempted to spend money at concession stands, feed the entire family before you even leave the house!
14. Go biking, hiking, or outdoor exploring
These are simple activities that are fun and healthy for the whole family.
15. Lay in the grass on a warm night and gaze at the stars
This is something I love to do with my husband on warm summer nights. After the kids are tucked in bed, we’ll sometimes go outside just to look up at the stars and use this time to reconnect. But it’s also fun to do this with the kids, too!
16. Get organized
Yes, you can get the whole family involved! Start with one room and slowly move onto the next.
17. Visit a free museum, art show, or art festival
Most museums will have a free admission day, typically on Sundays.
18. Explore your library
You can go see what new books, videos, and music they have. And if you don’t have internet at home, it’s free to surf the web at libraries.
19. Create a scrapbook – sort, print, and organize your photos
Instead of buying a bunch of photo albums, you can create your own. This little project will keep you busy all weekend.
20. Go car shopping when they’re closed
If you’re in the market for a new car, go to the car lot when they’re closed (typically on Sundays) and you may find some car doors still unlocked! This way you can shop around without being hassled.
21. Host a yard sale
If you’re getting ready to move or you just want to get rid of excess clutter, it may be time to plan a yard sale. But you can also sell your old belongings on eBay, Craigslist, or OfferUp.
My favorite go-to is definitely window shopping. Getting out the house to go walking around the mall helps to clear my mind. How about you?
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