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.
- See a morning or matinee movie when ticket prices are lower. Rent a movie or find a dollar theater nearby.
- Cook at home with theme dinners or a variety of desserts.
- Go for a walk in the park and share your favorite memories and dreams for the future.
- Find wallet-friendly date ideas and marriage boosts on Pinterest.
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
- Find easy and safe science experiments on Pinterest for your children to try.
- Check out free museums, festivals, concerts, and stage plays.
- Take your family on a geocaching treasure hunt.
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.
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.