How to Enjoy Life on a Limited Budget team • 2 minutes

A good time doesn’t depend on how much you spend. There are several ways to enjoy life on a limited budget. It’s about diving into creativity and having fun exploring these new adventures with friends and family. Anyone can do that. With some effort, the fun will be big, but the spending will be small.

Date ideas

Fun for the family

  • Rake up your leaves and play in a pile of them. Roast marshmallows over a fire, or play flag football or Frisbee with the family.
  • Find some used bikes at yard sales or on classifieds and start riding!
  • Decorate cookies together. Buy some sugar cookie mix at the store along with sweet toppings such as icing, candies, and sprinkles.
  • Check out classic films from the library and have a movie marathon at home.
  • Find more family-friendly crafts to do with your kids.

When you have kiddos

If you’re single

  • Make a map of fun places to visit within driving distance from your home.
  • Take advantage of public spots, like exploring local trails or visiting the beach.
  • Pack your lunch and have a picnic in the park. Bring a favorite book to catch up on.

It’s okay to set aside some time and money for yourself each month.

And one more tip. It’s okay to set aside some time and money for yourself each month. A small indulgence can help you stick with your goal of living on less. A few extra dollars for fun money keeps you sane as you make tough sacrifices daily. Spend it however you want, whenever you want. Your fun money is not overdraft protection for life’s unexpected expenses. Protect it—or you’ll find a thousand non-fun ways to spend it.