We all go broke once in a while and during those times, we often can’t think what’s left to do if money isn’t part of the equation. It helps to keep a positive outlook on things, even when your wallet begs to differ. At such a time, sayings like “the best things in life are free” come to mind. You appreciate the little things even more, and if you keep an open mind, you can have much more fun than you would expect. Here are a few ways you can spice up those broke, on-a-budget days that are begging for a little inventive spark:
Learn something new
If there was ever a time to learn a new skill, or pick up a hobby, it would be now. Learning new skills can be fun, and with the Internet at your disposal, there is no way you can’t come across something you’ll like. Some new skills might help you make money, and others will get your creative juices flowing. Try gardening, painting, taking up a new sport or language. Taking online courses is a great place to start. Be wary though of sites that ask for a lot of personal information upfront, as they might sell that information to third parties or send you spam email. If you are going to sign up for any free courses, set up a separate email account for that purpose.
Going outside and enjoying the fresh air, sights, and sounds is the perfect antidote to indoor fever. Take a camera and take shots of the views outside. Take some friends and go for bird watching. Borrow your kids’ telescope and look up the stars and learn some constellations. Try organized team activities like a sport. Meet up with friends for bike rides and hikes, and camp out for the night in a safe spot. Many parks will reduce park entry fees during special times of the year, or in an effort to increase attendance. Take advantage of these offers to see wildlife you have never seen before.
Much closer to home, try and explore your neighborhood. It might seem corny, but you will be surprised at what you come across once you start paying attention to what’s around you. How many times have you walked past that building with the strange looking doors and walls– walk in and solve the mystery today.
Take a trip to the library
Modern libraries have grown with the times, and now embrace technology whole-heartedly. You can borrow DVDs and CDs and free internet in most cases. In fact, many libraries will have free courses you can sign up for, which can make an otherwise dull afternoon completely worthwhile.
Find free entertainment
The library is a good place to start for free entertainment, such as workshops, screenings, and arts performances. Likewise, you can take a stroll around town for book signings, concerts and other local events. You may be in luck and see your favorite author. You might even discover a band that’s about to make it big and be able to say you “knew them when….” Look out for movie screenings, free museum days, and open mic performances.
There are tons of ways to keep busy and have fun on a budget. You don’t have to be doomed to boredom just because you don’t have the cash to go out the way you used to. Source ideas from the internet, and invite friends and family take part as well. In the end, not only will you have fun, but you will be more appreciative of the money you make.