Bored out of your mind today? Maybe you’re feeling trapped into doing nothing because you’re broke. You don’t need a ton of money to have fun. Here’s the secret to jazzing things up on a budget (no matter how much you make).
You can have fun without burning a hole in your pocket. Some of the most tried and true forms of entertainment are overlooked and left behind in the race for the next amazing sensation. Keep reading to learn some cheap and healthy ways to enjoy your spare time.
Throwing Away Money Is Boring, so Do This Instead.
A simple deck of playing cards could be the most cost-effective source of entertainment around. They provide no shortage of games to play whether you’re on your own or with a group of friends. Look into specialized card games to change it up, too. Exploding Kittens is appropriate for all ages, while Cards Against Humanity is a potential choice for an older and more adventurous audience.
Visit the Library
This might be the least appealing or most boring activity you could think of at first consideration. How can one have fun in a library? Reading is enjoyable under the right circumstance, even if you “don’t like books.” Pick a person you’re curious about, a genre of fiction you like or a period of history you’re interested in — there’s bound to be a book about it!
Research Topics You Enjoy
School is undoubtedly essential for growth and improvement, but too often you’re forced to learn about topics you have no interest in. That’s why self-guided research is one of the most meaningful and productive endeavors you can undertake.
Looking for a diet that works for you or want to learn a new skill? Find books and browse the internet to find the answers with no strings attached. Free up time for YOU to learn what YOU want.
Join a Community
Too often are we dissuaded from socializing with others. You spend all day commuting to and from your job, working your shift, running errands and keeping up with household chores. Where’s the time to make friends and have new experiences?
There are tons of local and online communities focused around something you’re interested in. You don’t need to do your crafting, dancing, fishing or cycling by yourself anymore. Pick something you enjoy, pick a community and go have some fun!
Go for a Walk
How often did your parents tell you to “go play outside” or “go take a talk” when you were bored? It’s a cliche, yet absolutely effective, response. Walking for only 15 minutes a day provides significant mental and physical health benefits. Plus, it’s always lovely to merely go outside for a change.
Listen to an Album
Concerts are great fun, especially with friends. They’re also typically more expensive than just buying the album. That’s not including the potential meal afterward, gas or any band merchandise you pick up.
Many people play music on the go as a filler to the monotonous hum of daily life. When was the last time you simply sat down with some headphones and listened to an album in full? It’s a vastly different experience when it’s just you, your thoughts, and the music in your ears. Try playing an entire album while doing nothing else the next time you feel like splurging on a concert.
Enjoying yourself is more than about spending money on activities and objects. New and exciting experiences are the source of fun. Money can only facilitate the pursuit of those experiences, but, in the end, you have to make your own fun.