Spending money is something that we all assume is a given these days when it comes to having a good time. The cost of the cinema, local attractions, going out for meals or meeting friends at the pub can be high, particularly in the centre of a city. If you’re on a New Year budget then it doesn’t mean that you have to be a hermit, as there are plenty of ways to get out and have fun without spending a lot of money – here are a few suggestions for cheap fun activities.
Our Top 8 Cheap Fun Activities:
1. Walk. Whether you live in the country or in the middle of a city you can explore your local area and get some great exercise by planning a walking itinerary. Include the most interesting local sights and some scheduled stops for good coffee or a cheap snack.
2. Bake a cake. Rather than going out for an expensive lunch or dinner why not simply invite your friends over and bake a cake? Butter, eggs, flour and sugar are some of the cheapest ingredients you’ll find and the creations you can make with them can be quite spectacular. If you have kids then teaching them to bake (even if it’s cornflake cakes) can be a great way to spend an afternoon.
3. Organise a team sport – or join in a community activity. Local parks and playing fields are the perfect places for free fun. Just take some friends, a ball and jumpers for goal and enjoy healthy outdoor exercise and team bonding for no cost at all.
4. Do some yoga or pilates. We all know yoga and pilates classes are expensive but with the increased popularity of YouTube you can take lessons at home virtually for free. Simply search for a good YouTube channel and you’ll find full sessions available for free that you can do at times that suit you.
5. Have a yard sale. If you’ve got some spare time on your hands and you want to raise money, rather than spend it, then try having a yard sale. All you need to do is go through your old belongings/have a look in the attic/see what you could get rid of and then choose a date and set up some tables in your garden or yard with items to sell. Publicise it through friends and neighbours, or even via social media, and see if you can raise some cash to boost your budget.
6. Play some games. All you need for this is a few friends and some old school board games, from Monopoly through to a simple pack of cards. Bring out the competitive spirit in everyone and introduce matchstick wagers to give your gamers more motivation.
7. Volunteer. It’s free and a great way of meeting people, plus there’s something about giving your time and energy to help other people and causes that makes you feel much better than spending on yourself or going out drinking. Make this the year that you start to give something back.
8. Create. There’s no sense of satisfaction quite like that which you get from making something yourself – plus it’s always cheaper than buying. Whether you choose to knit a scarf, repaint your bedroom or have people over and create something together, like a patchwork quilt, there’s a lot of fun to be had from making things yourself and you don’t have to spend much to enjoy it.