Frugal fun things can be inexpensive without being boring! Being frugal does not mean you have to do nothing! If you deny yourself everything, you will eventually blow your budget. It is similar to a really strict diet; you cannot stay on one forever. The best way to remain frugal and still have fun is a little creativity. Frugal means living simply and economically. Here are some fun things and remain frugal!
10 fun things to do
- Go to the beach! – You may live near a beach even if you on not on the coast. There are lakes, rivers, streams etc. that are used for recreation. I remember living about thirty (30) minutes fro the shore in New Jersey, but just five (5) minutes from a local beach club. Membership was $10 for the season. In many cases, it is free or nominal cost.
- Museums, architectural homes, galleries, parks or gardens – I have often visited these venues when they were free. They since have started to charge fees, but generally have a free weekday admission. In Los Angles, one (LACMA) of the art museums has free concerts. Of course, you can just walk around a park or have a picnic. Every weekend, I ride (20 miles) my bicycle around a regional park. In California, there are free summer concerts in the park We have toured a Frank Lloyd Wright and Gamble house.
- Shopping centers or malls – My wife and I have walked in malls during the winter before the stores open. It is the ultimate window shopping! It is sort of a social event with other walkers. You meet and get to know the other walkers too. Malls are not just for shopping and walking is free!
- Local monuments, buildings and sculptures – You live in a city a long time and never visit many points of interest unless someone comes to visit. We started to tour our own city ten (10) or twenty (20) years ago to see some of these local sights. Some are free such as the Watts Towers, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Sign or reasonably priced such as the Nethercutt (car) Museum and Petersen Automobile Museum.
- Game night – When I was a child I would play cards or games with friends or family. Turn off the television and play games. It is a great way to have a conversation while playing a game. You can use it to talk about what you did as a child. My children would love playing games on a Saturday afternoon because they got all my attention.
- Reading, hobbies, cooking, crafts – Family participation in any of these is good for the moment and long term. Children learn much more from their parents by participating with them. Even if everyone is doing these activities individually, you can make it a family activity by sharing or enlisting other family members in the activity. We included our children in cooking, baking or just food preparation. They learned and had fun too.
- Play and watch sports – Staying active is important and involving your children in daily activity is very important. As a family, we walked, played sports and watched sports together. We even rode our bikes as a family. This is more than just a fun thing to do, it is important for longevity and healthy living.
- Picnics, camping or anything outdoors – Having a picnic can be romantic or just a nice change on a warm evening. It is a great way to travel to somewhere new to see something different. You can go to another park or take a hike with a picnic. We sometimes do this on a road trip. We have not camped in a long time, but it was a fun inexpensive way of getting away.
- Go to a bookstore – Imagine going to a bookstore without buying any books or magazines! I do it once a month. It is similar to visiting a library or the ultimate window shopping. I find it relaxing and a free activity. I do spend a little money on a drink and cookie though.
- Movie night – You can actually go to the movie theater or just watch a movie at home. I bought group discount (half price) movie tickets or you can download a movie. Another choice may be just watching a free movie on TV, but make a big deal out of i. You can make popcorn and make it an event! It is up o you!
I only picked ten (10) things to stimulate your creativity. There are literally hundreds of things you can do, but it is your choice. One of my favorite fun frugal things to do is to go to the beach and grab lunch from a grocery store. If I wanted or needed to save more money, I could pack a lunch or have a picnic. Just spending a few hours at the beach, watching the waves is very relaxing. Another choice is getting dessert locally at a yogurt or ice cream store. What frugal fun things do you do?
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