Trying to save money but also want to have some fun? Check out these 6 ways to have fun on a budget. The whole family will love these ideas!
Are you trying to pay off debt or save up for a big expense? That means a lot of tightening of your budget which can often leave you feeling like you are missing out on all the fun.
That can leave you feeling resentful or even make you give up. It’s important to keep finding fun things you can do because we all need a break and we need fun in our lives.
Have Fun on a Budget
There are a lot of things you can do that are a lot of fun but won’t break the bank. Even if you aren’t on a really tight budget right now you will enjoy these activities.
1. Go to a museum.
This is something my husband and I love to do. Many museums have free days and most are affordable for the rest of the time. There is an art museum near us that we love to go to, especially during the hot months of the year.
It’s nice to just walk around looking at the art and there are always new exhibits to check out. The museum is free but does accept donations. We do donate each time but even with that, it’s a very cheap activity. We also love that it’s a cultural activity.
2. Visit a National Park.
During nice weather, it’s fun to visit National Parks. There are many activities available at the many National Parks around the country and it’s great to do something active and outdoors.
There are free days for National Parks or if you want to visit a lot of parks the annual pass is affordable. And some parks have no entrance fees. We have one near us that is free. They also have a nature center that is always fun to visit, especially if you want to cool off while exploring the park in the warmer months.
3. Find a new hobby.
You need to be careful with this one because hobbies can get expensive but there are some good ones that are affordable or free. First, look around your house and see if you already have supplies for some hobbies. That is the cheapest way to take up a new hobby.
Cooking can also be a great hobby if you don’t try and buy too many expensive ingredients or gadgets. Make it part of your homemaking and your whole family can enjoy the benefits of this new hobby.
Even something as simple as doing puzzles can be a fun and affordable hobby. Get the family involved when possible to also connect while building your hobby.
4. Go on a picnic.
I love picnics. My husband doesn’t really care about them so it’s not something I do often. My mom and I actually were talking recently about how we need to pick a cool day and go to the local National Park to have a picnic together.
You can even have a picnic in your own backyard or your neighborhood park. It can make a simple meal a fun activity.
5. Enjoy your town.
I’m always surprised when people in my small town say there is nothing to do. They seem to not really be looking because it seems like there is always something going on.
My family started a non-profit a few years ago that promotes the arts and they are always involved in activities and most of them are free to the public.
Many towns, even small ones, have fun activities throughout the year that are free or very inexpensive. Get on Google and Facebook and look around for these, you are sure to find more than you expected.
6. Connect with friends and family.
One of my husband and my favorite things to do on a weekend when we want to stay home and save a bit of money is to invite family or friends over.
We love hosting people and it’s so much cheaper than going out with friends. Sometimes we will pick up a pizza or grill. Other times we will just get together later in the evening to play games and will just provide some snacks.
Either way, we always have a lot of fun and don’t spend much money. Just remember hosting guest doesn’t have to be fancy. One night we went to a friend’s house and they provided some snacks and we brought over a couple of Aldi’s frozen pizzas. Neither of us spent much but we had a ton of fun.
Even just having a friend over for a cup of tea in the afternoon can bring a lot of joy to your day. Don’t get caught up on being perfect, just invite people over and enjoy each other.
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