50 Cheap but Creative Ways to Have Fun ...


50 Cheap but Creative Ways to Have Fun  ...
50 Cheap but Creative Ways to Have Fun  ...

You shouldn’t ever let being on a tight budget keep you from having fun. Back in the day when I was younger; as I don’t consider 50 being old, I knew better than to ask my parents for money in order to do things. My siblings and I found cheap and creative ways to get rid of boredom without spending any money.

We would get together with our cousins that lived close and turned old plastic into an impromptu slip and slide. We used empty toilet paper rolls, paper towels rolls, and soda bottles filled with beans and rice for instruments. We found plants to use as “food” along with homemade mud pies and we entertained ourselves for hours. We might have driven our parents crazy, but we had fun.

We didn’t wait for vacation times before having fun. We had fun every day and it really didn’t matter what we did. We had fun because we were together and we enjoyed our times together.

I don’t think I would enjoy spending my Saturdays now shaking a homemade maraca or beating a coffee can drum, but there’s nothing stopping me from being creative during my downtime. I don’t spend my days looking at a tablet or computer screen or totally immersed in chores. I like to find a new cross-stitch pattern that I haven’t done or pull out my jewelry makings supplies and let my creative juices flow.
Here are some cheap but creative ways to get out and enjoy your weekend.

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Take a Flip the Penny Hike. Assign Each Member as Either Left or Right. when You Get to a Fork in the Road, You Flip the Penny to See What Direction You Will Go in. Make Sure to Keep Track of Where You Are in Order Not to Get Lost


Use Technology and Have a Scavenger Hunt


Ask Everybody to Cook Something and Meet in the Park for a Picnic


Design and Create a Kite and Go to the Park to Fly It


Learn to Urban Forage. This is Picking Fresh Vegetables, Fruit and Other Edible Plants around Your Town, if Allowed


Begin Collecting Natural Things like Heart-shaped Shells or Rocks and Take an Entire Day to Get It Started


Start Your Own Vegetable or Flower Garden


Find a Free Bicycle App for Your Smartphone and Explore an Area of Your City You’ve Never Been


Go to a Flea Market and Look for Vintage Items from Your Childhood. See if You Can Find Your Favorite Toys or Memorabilia


Learn to Geocache. This is a High-tech Treasure Hunt Game That is Played All over the Entire World


Have a Recipe Swap with Friends and Make the Other’s Recipes to Enjoy Together


Create a Gift Jar for Someone’s Birthday. Find a Beautiful Jar, Decorate It if You Want to, and then Fill It with Brownie, Cookie, or Hot Chocolate Ingredients


Host a Cookie Party. Everybody Makes a Dozen of Cookies and then Swaps with Each Other. Just Make Sure Everyone Takes a Dozen Different Cookies Home with Them


Host Dinners with Friends and Take Turns. This is Not as Expensive as Going out to Eat and Everybody Gets a Turn to Be Hostess


Have Potluck Dinners with Different Food Themes. Everybody Will Bring a Different Cultural Cuisine like Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Etc


Food Art Parties: Have Everybody Bring a Food That is Creative and Edible


Hold a Food Contest on a Budget. Everybody Must Cook a Dish but Spend Less than $5 on It. Try Everyone’s and Vote on the Best


Hold a Julie and Julia Project. Find a Cookbook That Interests You and Begin Going through It. Remember to Blog as You Go


Create Your Own Recipe Book about Your Favorite Dishes and Give It to Someone Special


Hold an Ugly Cake Contest. All Your Friends Need to Make an Ugly Cake. Vote for the Ugliest and then Enjoy All of Them


Hold a Karaoke Night and Theme It to a Certain Decade


Check Your Local Craigslist to Find Free Concerts Happening near You


Host a Movie Marathon Where Everybody Brings Their Favorite Movie


Host an Independent-film Marathon and Watch Free Indie Movies Online


Take a Day and Look for Free Street Performers in a Nearby Large City. during the Summer You Should Be Able to Find a Ton


Host an Open Mic Night. Invite Your Friends Who Consider Themselves Poets, Comedians, or Musicians and Have Fun


Host a Cultural Day and Find Museums That Offer a Free Day. on the Way There You Can Listen to Classical Music. Later on in the Evening, You Could Watch a Classic Movie


Contact Your Local Theatre and See if They Use Volunteer Ushers. Some Theatres Will Give Free Tickets to Volunteers Who Either Clean up after the Movie or Help Seat Guests


If You Are a Parent and Have Friends Who Also Are Parents, Host a Barbecue That Allows the Adults to Catch up on All the Latest Gossip While the Children Create a Show to Perform Later That Evening


Utilize Social Media to Create a Flash Mob. You Are Going to Need a Large Number of People and This is Going to Require Some Work but It is a Lot of Fun to do. Check out Some Flash Mob Videos on YouTube to Inspire You


Have a Clothes Swapping Day. Everybody Will Bring Accessories or Clothes They Don’t Wear Anymore and Everybody Leaves with a New Outfit


Change Homes for the Evening. Staying at a New House Can Be Freeing of Sorts. You Don’t Have to Worry about Anything Just Sit Back and Relax in a New Environment


Trade Hobbies. Lend a Friend Your Bicycle and You Figure out How to Rollerblade


Exchange Books with Friends. after Everyone Has Read Their Books, Host a Book Party and Discuss the Best Parts of the Book


Host a Board Game Night. Have Everybody Bring Their Favorite Game and Have Fun


Barter Your Expertise to Someone else in Exchange for Theirs. Help a Friend Get Their New Website up and Running in Exchange for Them Teaching You How to Cook


Have a Garage Sale Where You Don’t Accept Money, but Instead Barter Your Goods. List Everything You Have for Sale on Social Media and Make a List of Things You Are Looking for. You Will Be Surprised at All the “new” Stuff You Will Find


Exchange Ideas. Ask Friends and Family How They Spend Their Days off and You Tell Them Yours. You Can Try Each Other’s out and Let the Others Know How Well They Went


Trade Videos with a Family Who Lives in a Different State. Each Family Plans a Fun Day and Videos It then Sends the Other Family the Video at the End of the Day


Exchange Blogs. You Let Your Friend Host Your Blog While You Host Theirs Especially if the Blogs Are about Different Things. This Allows Each of You to Be Creative about Something New


Make a Digital Product about Things You like but Donate the Proceeds to Your Favorite Charity


Create a Video Blog and Share Things You Are Passionate about


Go to Your Local Animal Shelter and Volunteer to Be a Dog Walker. You Could Also Help Them Create Fundraising Events, Help with Grooming, or Just General Care


If Your Local Hospital Has a Children’s Wing, Call to See if You Can Come Entertain the Children with a Sing-along or Dress up as a Clown


Volunteer at Your Local Zoo. Some Might Require You to Volunteer for Specific Times Others Might Allow You to Come when You Can


Be a Volunteer at a Park for a Day. You Can Clean up Litter in between Relaxing and Reading


Google Your Local Charities and Find One That Interests You and Go Volunteer for a Day


If You Have Elderly Neighbors, Go See if They Could Use Some Help with Housework or Cleaning up outside


Create a Midnight Run and All Proceeds Go to Help the Homeless


Host a Bake Sale in Your Neighborhood and Donate All Proceeds Go to Your Favorite Charity

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