Ryan and I have been on a tight budget. That is not to say that we’re broke. In fact, our giving is up, we’re making respectable contributions to our IRA and we’re paying down our debt in a responsible fashion. But because we’re doing all these things, what’s left doesn’t leave much room for shopping sprees or reckless recreation.
So back in June I did a search of some blogs and discovered a few ideas for how to spend my time and not my money! Here’s a few of my favourites:
Sally Parrott Ashbrook at Aprovechar suggests:
- having a DVD exchange with your friends
- visit your local farmers market (you don’t even have to buy anything to have fun!)
- play a board game
- picnic in a nearby park you’re always driving past
- gather friends and have a creative painting party
- host a tea party (surely you have tea!)
- go berry picking (is it too late for that up north?)
- go for a bike ride
Frugal Duchess in her post on WiseBread suggests (among other things):
- listing to music
- writing a letter
- do a clothing purge
Rachel at Small Notebook suggests:
- hosting an impromtu dance party!
- watching the sunset (or sunrise, I might add)
- people watch!
- dress up formally and go eat fast food (I love this one!)
- figure out the free day for your local museum and check it out
- go fly a kite (and perhaps make it yourself too!)
Sarah at Simply Sunshine put together a list of 100 things, including:
- climbing a tree
- writing inspirational messages in chalk around your community
- go to a fancy dress shop and try on pretty things
- go antiquing
- eat breakfast outside
- host a potluck in your home
- nap in the sunshine
Any more suggestions?