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:
- 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.
- 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
- Go to a museum, the aquarium or the zoo
Many aquariums, museums and zoos waive admission fees on certain days.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
- 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.
- Invite your friends over for board games
Have everyone bring a snack to share and their favorite game.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go garage-saling
Same as above.
- Go camping
Probably not by yourself, but grab a friend for a cheap weekend of entertainment.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go to the park
Take a picnic and play on the swings. Why not?
- Find free tours
Find free tours at your local museum, winery or draft houses.
- 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.
- Window shop at the mall
When was the last time you went to the mall? You don’t HAVE TO buy anything.
- Sit out in the sun on your deck, patio or balcony
Watch the time and use your SPF, if necessary.
- Swap mani-pedis with a friend
Super fun and FREE. Don’t forget the wine!
- Do an art project
Isn’t there something you’ve wanted to try? The Bob Ross method, maybe?
- Research your city
You may find cool places and spots you didn’t know about.
- Play with your pet
They need your attention and the exercise.
- Go for a drive
Go somewhere you’ve never been or haven’t been in a while. Bonus points if it’s scenic.
- Write a bucket list
Of free and cheap things you want to do! 🙂
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