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Y’all know how much I hate to spend money. Saving more money has given us the freedom to pay off debt rapidly and have financial peace of mind. Buuuut that doesn’t mean that we’re un-fun hermits who stay cooped up in the house all the time. Saving money is important, but having fun is important, too!

Here are 79 ways to have fun for (almost) free. Add your own in the comments!

79 Ways to have fun for (almost) free

    • Rent books and movies from the library
    • Sign up to pick produce at any nearby farms. Many farms offer “Pick Your Own” options so you can get farm-fresh produce on the cheap. If you’re feelin philanthropic, some farms also let volunteers glean their crops after harvesting. The crops are then donated to the food bank.
    • Go window shopping
    • Make paper dolls from old magazines and newspapers. This was a favorite childhood activity I used to do with my great-grandma. She said this was how they made their toys during The Great Depression. It’s something I enjoyed nonetheless!
    • DIY home decor. Ain’t no shame in jazzing up your house with DIY decor. I like these decorative string balls and turning wood pallets into end tables.
    • Have a water balloon fight or play in the sprinklers.
    • At-home spa day. Paint your nails and take a long bath. Ahhhhh.
    • Host a scavenger hunt in your back yard
  • Go to a local nursery. See what plants are for sale and plan out your ideal lawn or garden plans. Bonus points if you plan a food forest. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Visit your local museum on a “free night”
    • Bake cookies, cupcakes, or even a full-blown cake
    • Go dumpster diving! I love seeing what people put out on the curb during bulk trash pickup. See if you can score some free items by dumptster diving.
    • Make Play-Doh from scratch. Here’s a recipe for non-edible Play-Doh. I like to make an edible version from peanut butter and powdered sugar. Just combine the powdered sugar until the mixture has the consistency you’re looking for. You can add food dye to the edible Play-Doh, too.
    • Create a crossword puzzle for free. Here’s a free crossword puzzle maker.ย 
    • Use a borrowed metal detector to find treasure.
    • Visit your local park and go for a walk
    • Make a homemadeย facial mask. Here are 9 recipes to try out. Why buy a face mask when you can make one?
    • Journaling. Write down your daily thoughts or start a gratitude journal.
    • Learn a new skill on YouTube. I’ve used YouTube to learn how to crochet and sew. Mr. Picky Pincher has also used it to change his brakes and change his oil.
    • Play The Floor Is Lava
    • Set up a tent in your living room and tell scary stories with flashlights
    • Volunteer. I know, I know. Volunteering doesn’t sound very sexy. But it’s honestly a really good time and you make the world a little less horrible. Try volunteering for a cause that’s dear to you. You can also volunteer to offer your professional skills if you don’t feel like leaving the house. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    • Host a Chopped competition to use up pantry ingredients
    • Start a blog. Here’s my quick guide on starting a blog.ย A love of writing is all it takes. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Climb a tree
    • Take a nap. As an adult, there are few other more thrilling activities than taking a nap.
    • Try yoga and meditation. Here’s my favorite guided meditation playlist if you want to check it out. It’s super relaxing and much-needed on busy days.
    • Ask your insurance company for discounts. This isn’t necessarily “fun,” but finding new ways to save gobs of money is pretty fun to me. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Draw caricatures of your friends
    • Visit an animal shelter. There’s nothing like seeing little fuzzy creatures to put a smile on your face. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Fill in Mad Libs solo or with a buddy. Here are some printable Mad Libs to check out fo’ free.ย 
    • Play a board game. You can get these pretty cheaply at thrift stores.
    • Call your mom or write her a letter. C’mon, you know you don’t call your mom as often as you should. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    • Make a milkshake
    • Make a time capsule
    • Craft your own holiday cards to have on hand. Store bought cards are freakin’ expensive. Make your own birthday and holiday cards with on-hand craft supplies. Build up a supply to have ย your own cards on hand for any occasion–for zero dollars.
    • Declutter and donate
    • Build a blanket fort
    • Collect bugs in your yard
    • Try cutting your own hair
    • Go to a free community event
    • Host a cookie swap
    • Let a friend or significant other put makeup on you. Laughs for hours, my friends.
    • Bake bread. Here’s my recipe for easy white bread.ย 
    • Grill or smoke a good cut of meat. ribs, brisket. freeze extra.
    • Do some freezer cooking
    • Throw a crafting party
    • Thank somebody. Put together a thank you card or gift for a friend, family member, coworker, or even your local fire department. It feels great to thank people and spread some goodness.
    • Write your bucket list
    • Practice a foreign language. I’m awful at German, but I made sure to learn all of the swear words first. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Watch cat videos
    • Go to a dollar movie. Buy your own movie theater candy from Dollar Tree and take it with you.
    • Check out a religious service. Whether this is a religious service for a religion you follow, or a religion you don’t subscribe to, it’s worth checking out. I had the great opportunity to visit a Hindu temple and it was amazing. Connect with people who believe differently from you and learn a little more about the world.
    • Go to your local farmer’s market
    • Offer to babysit. Kids say the darndest things. If you know someone with kiddos who could use a break, offer to babysit. You get some funny kid time and the parents get a much-needed rest. Everyone wins!
    • Cook a mug cake. Here’s my recipe for the chocolate PMS mug cake.ย 
    • Practice creative new hair styles. Mainly for the ladies. Here’s a Buzzfeed article I like with different work hairstyles.ย 
    • Visit art galleriesand art openings. I’ve gone to a few of these and they usually have free booze!
    • Make up new constellations while star gazing
    • Press and dry flowers and leaves
    • Brewery and vineyard tour. These are usually free or cost about $10 per person.
    • People watching. It’s exhilarating to watch old men yelling at pigeons in the park. Get out of the house and watch people being people.
    • Read a banned book. How risque! Here’s the list of banned books if you feel like reading something provocative.ย 
    • Host a potluck dinner with friends and family
    • Have a Netflix binge
    • Try your hand at karaoke
    • Be a guerrilla gardener. Make your own seed bombs and throw them into empty lots. Bonus points if your seeds are for native plants!

  • Sell stuff on Craigslist. What’s more fun than emptying out your house and making some extra cash?
  • Check out local Meetups. has plenty of free group meetings in your town to check out.
  • Make yourself a toga and drink wine. Just like Caesar. Toga! Toga! Toga!
  • Blare an old song from your teenage years and dance like a goofball. My personal favorite is “What’s My Age Again?” from Blink-182.
  • Sign up for free trials. Many gyms, dance studios, and online services offer free trials. Sign up for these to try out a fun new activity.
  • Learn how to play the card game “Bull Shiz.” Here are the rules.ย 
  • Make a castle out of cardboard boxes and markers
  • Dance the night away.ย Go to a swing dance club or a salsa dancing club. You usually don’t even need a partner.
  • Upcycle junk around the house. Turn a ย wine bottle to pen holder, make a nice art piece out of old cutlery, and more. Check out Pinterest to get some good ideas for upcycling junk.
  • Have a legit tea party. Serve tea and bake homemade scones to serve with jam.
  • Peruse Groupon for deals
  • Learn how to extreme coupon

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