26 Fun Things to Do When on a Budget

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This month I have to pay my car insurance (6 months worth) & the registration for my car so I’m on a pretty tight budget. Rather than dwelling on it I wanted to make a list of all the fun cheap or free things to do while I’m saving money. Plus it helps me from stressing the F out. I think it is really important to find time as an adult to HAVE FUN! The work grind can be pretty taxing especially if you feel like you aren’t getting paid enough so it is important to maintain your self care so you don’t burn out. What do you do when you are on a budget but still want to go out and have a good time?

  1. Get Culture Passes (In AZ there is a program where if you get a library card at any PHX Library you can “rent” passes for free for a ton of different things i.e. Science Centers, Museums, Japanese Friendship Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, & much more -check your local library to see if they offer something similar)
  2. Picnic in the park w/ Frisbee & other sports + bringing your pup & putting them on a lead that digs into the ground. Looks like this!
  3. Home movie marathon- get set up with popcorn, homemade snacks, & your favorite beverage
  4. Video Games (my bf & I’s favorites are Worms & Halo for the Xbox 360- yes I know, I’m outdated)
  5. Board & Card Games (Cards Against Humanity, Clue, Monopoly, Yahtzee, Pass the Pigs, etc)
  6. Pool day + BBQ (we buy meat in bulk to freeze for days like this & you save a ton of money)
  7. Truth or Dare Phone App w/ friends + adult drinks 😉
  8. Find art festivals or free events to wander around (dtphx.org is great for finding events & I’m sure most cities have similar sites to post events on)
  9. Go hiking or camping
  10. Paint & Wine Night
  11. DIY project
  12. Take Buzzfeed quizzes but take turns with your partner & compare results!
  13. Take personality tests w/ your partner or a friend to get to know each other better (myers-briggs, Enneagram, Love Language, etc)
  14. Do a puzzle
  15. Print out some adult coloring sheets
  16. Go rollerblading, biking, or skateboarding
  17. Read a book or a magazine
  18. Find a new hobby to learn or perfect an old hobby
  19. Knit or sew something
  20. Check out volunteermatch.org to find a volunteer opportunity to give back to your community (soup kitchen, animal shelter, assisting the elderly w/ getting groceries, etc)
  21. Watch an episode of Jeopardy w/ a friend & actively participate to try to win!
  22. Go to a local lake or pond (paddle board & kayak rentals are pretty cheap-you can even find groupons for them too!)
  23. Treat yourself to an at home spa day w/ products you already have or make your own! (Pinterest is great for finding homemade spa item recipes)
  24. Take your camera out and pretend to be a photographer for a day & see if you can capture any cool moments
  25. Find a scavenger hunt online & do it around your city
  26. Find a local coffee shop that offers live music & grab a cup of joe

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