31 Low or No Cost Activities for Singles

Things you can do on your own or with others.

Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to spend a significant amount of your free time sitting at home alone doing nothing. And if you’re on a budget you don’t have to miss out on life, either. There are so many things you can do either on your own or with a friend that cost little or no money, and they get you out there experiencing life. Here’s my list of 31:

  1. Take a bubble bath

Sinking into those bubbles for a long, relaxing soak is one of the most rejuvenating things you can do for yourself.  Put on some soft music that you love, light some candles, pour your fave glass of wine, and simply enjoy your aloneness.

  1. Watch a movie

Use your library card to check out a DVD, stream a free movie, or check out the film selection on a streaming service you already subscribe to, such as Netflix. You can also go to the movies inexpensively by going to a matinee or checking out the dollar theaters

  1. Go to a museum, the aquarium or the zoo

Many aquariums, museums and zoos waive admission fees on certain days.

  1. Go for a walk, hike, run, bike ride

How many podcast episodes do you have stacked up waiting for a listen? Even if you don’t like to have headphones in outside, stepping out for a stroll is a great way to pass the time and get your body moving.

  1. Read a book

Dive into a new book or revisit an old favorite. If nothing on your bookshelf strikes your fancy, take a trip to the library or check out a used bookstore. You can also download many ebooks for free.

  1. Cook or bake something

Try a new recipe or make an old fave you haven’t made in forever. Just see what you can create!

  1. Volunteer

Do something good for someone else, or for the earth, or for oil-slicked sea fowl, and you’ll be doing something good for your own soul, as well. Bonus: It’s free.

  1. Take a day trip

Travel can be expensive. But putting together a few ideas from this list and making a day of it can be cheap or even free.

  1. Invite your friends over for board games

Have everyone bring a snack to share and their favorite game.

  1. Play a game outside

Play a pickup game of volleyball at the park, join a recreational sports league in your community — some are free, others cost a team registration fee — or attend as a spectator at your local park.

  1. Visit the farmer’s market

Despite the expensive reputation, you can sometimes find locally grown fruits and vegetables for less, or in larger quantities, than you would at the grocery store. Stroll through the stalls, talk with vendors and sample the offerings.

  1. Go to a thrift shop or flea market

How many times have you wanted to do this and never done it? You may just uncover some hidden gems.

  1. Go garage-saling

Same as above.

  1. Go camping

Probably not by yourself, but grab a friend for a cheap weekend of entertainment.

  1. Make something

Start a crafty DIY project, create a photo album or write a short story. You might have most, if not all, of the materials you need on hand already.

  1. Learn a new skill

You can find free tutorials for just about anything online. Choose something new you would like to learn. For example, study a foreign language, take up knitting or learn to do minor home repairs yourself.

  1. Host a potluck

Organize a casual get-together with friends or neighbors, where everyone brings a signature dish, snack or beverage. That’ll ease the financial burden on you and everyone else.

  1. Do something productive

Be serious, you know there’s something you’re putting off doing. Set aside time to clean the house, finish a project or get your affairs in order. That could mean creating your will, building a budget, planning a vacation or polishing your resume.

  1. Engage with your community

Search for local events in your city or town and you’ll likely turn up a calendar of free community gatherings. A concert in the park, a talk at the library, or a free seminar on estate planning.

  1. Go to the library

Many public libraries have great views. Pick a comfy chair in front of a sunny window and grab a fun magazine to dive into.

  1. Go to the park

Take a picnic and play on the swings. Why not?

  1. Find free tours

Find free tours at your local museum, winery or draft houses.

  1. Find a good Happy Hour

Going out can be expensive, but do some research online and find a happy hour with cheap drinks and apps.

  1. Window shop at the mall

When was the last time you went to the mall? You don’t HAVE TO buy anything.

  1. Sit out in the sun on your deck, patio or balcony

Watch the time and use your SPF, if necessary.

  1. Swap mani-pedis with a friend

Super fun and FREE. Don’t forget the wine!

  1. Do an art project

Isn’t there something you’ve wanted to try? The Bob Ross method, maybe?

  1. Research your city

You may find cool places and spots you didn’t know about.

  1. Play with your pet

They need your attention and the exercise.

  1. Go for a drive

Go somewhere you’ve never been or haven’t been in a while. Bonus points if it’s scenic.

  1. Write a bucket list

Of free and cheap things you want to do! 🙂

Leslie Kaz, coach for single women

I help single women get from where they are to where they want to be by overcoming their sadness and starting to live their best lives through mindset and lifestyle changes. Contact me to learn how it’s possible to live a single, blissful life.

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