Formerly, people used to have fun without spending money all the time, using whatever resources they had to get creative and manifest a memorable experience.
Today you may think it costs money to have fun, but if you use your head to think of neat new ways to play, you will find that homegrown happenings can be even more enjoyable than big splashy nights out and even has no cost attached to it. You should totally try some of these;
- Take a new walk in your neighborhood.Wander around your old digs, and try to see things from a fresh perspective. Take a path you have never taken before, walk a mile or more, and use all your senses to fully observe and enjoy your world. Don’t rush; the journey is the destination.
- Have a clothing swap for broke girls!Are all of your friends broke and unable to shop for cute new fashions? Get everyone together and tell them to bring all the clothes, shoes and accessories they are tired of, that don’t fit well, or that they never liked in the first place. Take turns choosing items, and if two girls want the same shirt, it goes to whoever it looks best on- take a group vote.
- Picnic in the park.Forget the pre-made salads and fancy cheeses; just do a fridge raid with an open mind and assemble an eclectic selection of sweet, savory and sour munchies. Find a local park you have never been to, snag a sweet spot and a cool friend and enjoy an afternoon picnic.
- Borrow a dog.Have a friend with a pooch? Explore the joys of dog ownership and pet sit for a day. Take him to the dog park, window shop at the pet store, and for a long walk around your neighborhood. Cuddle on the couch, and make macaroni together. Enjoy the pleasures of canine companionship.
- Host a potluck.Call up friends who are also low on cash but still hungry, and have everyone bring a dish. Specify a course for each guest (otherwise you might end up with ten desserts) and think of a fun theme like bacon, blue foods, or childhood favorites.
- Get crafty!You don’t have to go to a hobby store to get your art on. Look around your house and see what you can conspire to create. Old broken earrings could become charms on a new headband. Broken dishes? Make a mosaic. Search through your junk drawers, closet and storage boxes for inspiration.
- Revert to childhood.When you were a kid, you had fun all day long yet rarely had any money! Think about what you loved to do as a child and have a playful afternoon coloring, making mud pies, making collages from magazines, playing board games, or making daisy chains.
- Read a book–not a blog, not a magazine, not a newspaper and not an email. Rediscover how fun it can be to submerge yourself in someone else’s story for a while- your local library is full of them.