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How to Have Fun Without Spending Money

You can still have fun and keep within your budget — you just need to have some free fun! Look for fun activities that cost you nothing (or next to nothing):

  • Find fun in community resources. Before you plunk down your hard-earned money to join a gym or for various types of entertainment and activities, consider what your community has to offer — usually at little or no cost.

    • Community swimming pools

    • Gymnasium or exercise classes

    • Community center

    • Local parks or jogging trails

    • County libraries

    • Museums and galleries

    • Concerts

    • Festivals

  • Have fun in your own backyard and beyond: These activities are fun and cost next to nothing.

    • A meaningful field trip can be simple, like taking a leisurely walk down a local nature trail and watching a pair of red squirrels do aerial acrobatics. Even camping in your own backyard can be an adventure of sorts.

    • Board or card games can be enjoyed whenever you want some inexpensive entertainment and time together with friends or family. If you don't have a closet full of board games, you can acquire them inexpensively at garage sales and thrift stores. If someone asks what to get you for a gift at the holidays, suggest a board game.

  • Plan a movie night. Going out to a movie can be real treat — but, given the price of tickets nowadays, even matinees can break the bank. You don't have to forego the enjoyment of watching films. Rent a video, pop some corn, and have a movie night. Check out libraries, where you can often borrow movies for free. If you have cable television, you can record movies shown early in the week to watch on the weekends.


Comments (8)

Excellent suggestions!

Felicia A. May 2012 |

All good ideas!

Christine C. May 2012 |

We are fortunate in our so far affordable retirement community that it has pool, hot tub and gym facilities. My physical condition require I stay in my power wheel chair most of the time but I have a real great time doing "Senior Water Aerobics" in the pool. It is about the only real exercise that fits me.

Olin D. May 2012 |

my son has hundreds of dvds borrow one from a friend and have a family or friend over nite for a movie,split the price of snacks too. it might be a lot of fun.might keep your and spouse from always sitting in front of tube me i like my movies and my spoue likes his and we sit in different room too and this is not good for your marriage

Joyce C. May 2012 |

I like 2 swim,c movies, Ride my Bicycle, walk,& other things.Like 2 go camping.

Sylvia N. May 2012 |

Great ideas. Also, check in your local newspaper for upcoming community events, many are free! I love walking around farmer's markets (as long as you not tempted to spend too much money!).

Catherine F. Jun 2012 |

Great Ideas. We need to walk around the pond more!

Rosemarie D. Jun 2012 |

Thanks to my Humana Advantage Medicare policy, I have membership in my local Y, and do water aerobics and exercise classes weekly: I hope that benefit remains despite cutbacks ahead.
I usher at local concert/theatre centers and thus see great performances free, plus socialize w. the other senior ushers. University theatre depts put on great live theatre for low costs, esp on weeknight performances, and comm. college does theatre and music performances. I shop at upperclass-neighborhood church rummage sales(check craigslist ), for fine clothing/books/jewelry/household needs. Community College offers seniors to audit classes for very low costs: friends and I are in fun learning, ex.walk on campus, purchase outdated edition of class textbook on Museums have free days and fine events. We celebrate and share our frugal finds. They nicknamed me frugalista!!

Rosalie M. Sep 2012 |

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