16 Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money
Capitalism has fooled us into believing that the only way to have fun is to spend money on certain things or activities, and that the more money we spend, the more fun we can have. However, this is not quite true. There are countless things you can do instead of spending money and still get great value and have an excellent time. No matter where you live or what is your age, there are plenty of things to do for free that contribute to your happiness and well-being.
1. Read your favorite blogs or websites.
Fortunately, the Internet is a never-ending source of entertainment and knowledge. Whenever you’re looking for some effortless, yet thought-provoking past time it’s a good idea to search through the archives of your favorite blogs and websites, finding some hidden gems that you may have overlooked when you were busy.
2. Experiment in the kitchen.
Especially if you enjoy cooking, checking out some new recipes can be thrilling, and besides the fun of the actual process of cooking, you end with a delicious meal to reward yourself at the end. The challenge is to come up with meal ideas based only on the foods that you already have in the house. If you don’t feel creative enough, just make some cookies and you’ll still have a great time.
3. Have a movie marathon-themed night.
You surely have your favorite movies, actors, actresses, or directors. Running a movie marathon night is a great way to give all your attention to your favorites in the cinema. To make it even more exciting, you can choose a daring theme such as best horror movies or funniest movies of all time. The list of possibilities is endless.
4. There is certainly a periodic need to look around your home and organize things a little.
You can start by getting rid of old clothes, papers, devices, and arranging things on shelves and closets. A session of decluttering can make your home feel more welcoming and clean. Besides, it is fun to sort through things. Your devices could also use a decluttering. You can delete unnecessary files from your phone or clean up the hard drives of your computer. Make sure to check everywhere, including under the beds or in the basement.
5. Take a relaxing hot bath.
You don’t have to spend money on an expensive spa day when you can have a similar, perhaps even more comfortable experience at home. Turn on your favorite music and take a hot, scented bath. You can use homemade full body exfoliators, put on a face mask, and close your eyes while letting your body enjoy the experience.
6. Take pictures of your family and friends.
Try to snap some photos of your loved ones and put them in a family album. Capturing your family and friends with a camera might help you rediscover their charming peculiarities, but also the beauty of your common life in its most prosaic but meaningful moments. If you don’t have a fancy camera, just use your cell phone, which can do the job wonderfully.
7. This is a great use of your time as it can bring invaluable benefits to your life, from learning new skills to developing new and profound relationships.
Plus, volunteering is great for your confidence, self-esteem, and general well-being because you add value to a community or a cause, and your contribution can change things for the better.
8. Read a book.
There are some books you’ve always wanted to read but could never make time for them. Free up your schedule, make yourself cozy, and get immersed in your favorite fictional world. You can either read a book from your home shelves, that you’ve never touched before, or take a trip to the closest public library to get a handful of your favorite books for free. Try to finish a book in one sitting.
9. Go for a walk or a bike ride around your city.
It is not only free, but it is also good exercise. No matter where you live, you can find a new trail, route, or place that you haven’t explored yet. What better chance to burn up some calories and breath some fresh air than being outside, walking, riding a bike, and taking in the charm of new surroundings.
10. Spend quality time with friends.
Once you reach adulthood, the responsibilities accumulate and you find it difficult to get together with friends to talk and have fun. However, relationships require maintenance and if you care about your friends, you can use some of your free time to reconnect with them. The simplest thing you can do is to invite your friends over to your home, for a coffee, sleepover, karaoke night, or picnic. Just hanging out can do wonders for your relationships.
11. Put things up for sale.
While decluttering your home, you will surely find things you don’t need any more. Instead of having them lie around the house occupying space unnecessarily, you can put them for sale online. If you don’t want to bother with the Internet, just have a yard sale.
12. Taking some time to write is a perfect way to declutter your mind and to put some order in your thoughts.
You can write letters to your friends or family, a bucket list for inspiration, or you can keep a diary of the most significant moments of the day. Take your shot at writing the next great American novel, if you’re brave enough.
13. There is no better way to spend your time other than exercising.
It is an activity that makes you feel good, it helps you get healthy, and it teaches you discipline. You don’t need to go to the gym. Find a nice place outdoors but if it’s not possible, your living room will do just fine. Turn on the music for motivation.
14. Pick up a new hobby.
Try some things that always interested you but for which you never had enough time, such as fishing, yoga, learning a language, do-it-yourself projects, or gardening. Once you discover something you love, you will never be bored again and you’ll find infinite joy in improving and sharing your experience with others.
15. Explore the simple pleasures of life.
There are so many little things that have a huge impact on your well-being, yet they don’t receive enough praise. Listening to your favorite music, taking a nap, calling an old friend, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate are some of the simple, but immensely pleasurable things you can enjoy for free.
16. Attend free events.
Most cities have local museums where visits are free on certain days. Keeping an eye out for flyers and posters may reveal that there are many interesting free events in your community. You can surely find a concert, play, movie screening with free entrance.