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Are you looking for fun and frugal things to?
If you are, you’re in the right place. Below you will find a list of 75 things to do instead of spend money.
No more wandering the mall, no more errand running. No more spending money.
Whether you are strapped for cash, running a tight budget or simply saving money for something big you can still have an amazing time.
Fun things to do
What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Do you like to sit back and relax ? Or put your boots on and go for a hike. Or is a scavenger hunt and rock climb more your thing?
Our family free time bucket list would include reading, baking, walking the dog, picnics in the park, boating, fishing or hitting the local trail.
no spend weekend
You can have an amazing day, weekend or afternoon on the cheap. In fact you can have one without spending any money.
A no spend weekend or no spend day is exactly that, a day of not spending any money. You use what you have, plan your day around what you need and save money.
example of a no spend day
A great example of a no spend day might be breakfast on the patio with your family. Taking the dog for a walk, baking fresh bread, having a picnic in the park followed by a game of Frisbee.
Or your no spend day could include gardening and getting things done around the house and having a family BBQ for dinner.
Your no spend day options are endless.
No spend days, weekends or months are great ways to save money. Essential because you aren’t spending. Yes, you may pay bills or go the grocery store to feed your family. But you aren’t going for dinner or spending crazy amounts of money on entertainment or going shopping for things.
You are taking care of your needs and saving money on your wants. No matter the time period of your no spend challenge you are guaranteed to save money.
cheap family activities
Whether you are planning a frugal weekend or keeping things on the cheap with a tight budget you can still have a great time with the family.
Some great examples of cheap family activities are a picnic in the park, a family bike ride, swimming at the lake, game night, star gazing, going for a walk or having a family BBQ. Below you will find a great list of cheap things to do.
cheap activities for kids
Entertaining kids on a budget is real easy to do. Take them to the park, get the baking supplies out or a jigsaw puzzle. Bubbles or water balloons are always a hit. Sidewalk chalk and art supplies are great ways to get the creativity flowing.
75 Things To Do Instead Of Spend Money:
- Have a scavenger hunt
- Plant flowers
- Have a picnic in the park
- Go for a hike
- Read a book
- Play a board game
- Go for a hike
- Take a bike ride
- Play hopscotch
- Blow bubbles
- Visit the beach and build a sand castle
- Go swimming
- Take in a free community show
- Visit your local museum
- Cup and conversation
- Play ground play time
- Camp out in the back yard
- Movie night
- Cook a themed dinner
- Campfire and marshmallow roast
- Go bird watching
- Play video games
- Play basketball
- Bake cookies
- Have a dance party
- Tackle the to do list
- Build a fort and hang out
- DIY pedicure and manicure
- Have a BBQ and family get together
- Paint night
- Art in the park
- Visit the library
- Learn a new skill online
- Visit family and friends
- Tour your local farms
- Go rock climbing
- Listen to the radio and relax
- Take a nap
- Go snow shoeing
- Bake muffins
- Meal plan your week – include the family
- Organize the cupboards
- Go skiing or sledding
- Collect things to sell
- Play with toys
- Build a lego city
- Go star gazing
- Old school picnic games – 3 legged race, egg in a spoon
- Craft night
- Nerf war
- Take photos
- Sew, knit or crochet
- Build something
- DIY Home Decor
- Go fly a kite
- Go fishing
- Play a musical instrument
- Have a fondue party or appetizer party
- Plan your next vacation
- Pick fruit or vegetables at a local farm
- Explore a new park or new area of your town
- Catch up on all your television shows
- Host a neighborhood potluck
- Learn a new language
- Get all dressed up and have a nice dinner in
- Cuddle on the couch and watch movies
- Yoga in the park
- Go on a free wine tour
- Enjoy a community gathering
- Watch a local college or high school sports game
- Game day dinner and appys at home with friends
- Relax and enjoy a few stress free moments
No matter what you do on a no spend day, week, month or in any amount of time. Do something you like doing. Do something your family enjoys doing.
instead of, do this
If you usually go out for breakfast on a Saturday morning and hit the farmer’s market for a walk through. Swap it up with a homemade breakfast on the patio. Cup and conversation followed by a backyard game of lawn bowling or a visit to the park.
If your usual Friday night is dinner, drinks and a movie at the theatre. You could save all that money by having dinner and drinks at home, cuddling on the couch, enjoying homemade desserts or popcorn and a movie.
family fun day
A great example of family fun day would be a picnic in the park, some playtime or a game of basketball, followed by maybe a walk around and a potluck dinner with friends.
Your options are limitless. You could start the day off with cup and conversation, strawberries and granola or eggs benedict on the patio and end with star-gazing and camping in the backyard.
Updated July 3, 2020