Financial Friday: How We Stay Entertained for Free

When sticking to a tight budget, finding fun things to do that don’t cost money can be a challenge. Luckily for us, LD and I are fairly easy entertained. I was seriously tempted to put planning for the future on this list, but I think we are the only ones who find that fun. No matter who you are, though. There are definitely things to do for free when you get bored. I have compiled this list for you for some ideas:

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1. Free Kindle Books/Library

In our small town, the library is the social hub. I am not kidding. Last week when I took my exam there, it felt more like a coffee shop than a library. Anyway, the library is a great place to pick up some books to read or movies to borrow. If you don’t feel like trekking it to your local library, some also have ebooks to borrow and Amazon has several free kindle books as well in any topic you might be interested in.

2. Finish Abandoned Projects

In our house, once a project has been set aside for two months, it becomes an abandoned project. I am sure in most houses there are one or two of those lying around. In ours there seems to always be one lying around, especially with all of my crafting. Once a project becomes abandoned, you are pretty much eating whatever the cost was for the materials anyway. So, they become fair game for other projects or free entertainment purposes. This week we finished a pair of shorts for LD that we got as a sewing project over a year ago because he wanted to learn to sew. At this point, the shorts don’t fit, but we finished them. Now we might turn them into bright orange flannel jackets for the dogs.

3. Free Redbox Movies

If you are on the Redbox text deals list, they occassionally send out a code for a free movie even if you don’t rent movies often or only rent them with free codes. In fact, we have one for tonight and will probably rent some upbeat, quirky comedy. Those are always the best at the end of a long week, right? Anyway, the best thing about the free Redbox codes is that we aren’t constantly watching movies. We have to get more creative than that in order to entertain ourselves.

4. Board Games

I love Scrabble and LD loves Stratego. Yes, whenever we play we know which one of us is going to win, but it is great time spent together. We also always get competitive even if we know we are going to lose. I am sure one of these days, I will win Stratego and it will be glorious! However, we also have several other games we both love, such as Life, Cribbage, and Risk. The dogs even like to curl up next to us while we play games. They even pick a team!

5. Free Museums

Almost every town has a free museum to walk through. Often, the free museums have the most quirky and fun things! Be a tourist in your own town or drive within an hour or so to check out a nearby town. The drive can be a great chance to just talk.

6. Just Talking

When is the last time you just sat down with a spouse, family member, or friend and just talked about whatever came to your mind. I think those times are some of my best experiences with several different people. As an added bonus, time goes by in the blink of an eye and you feel closer to people. So, consider putting the technology away and really just hang out.

Do you have any other ideas for how to stay entertained for free? I could always use some more ideas!


About Danielle Beranek

Life can get away from you when being young, married, and still fairly fresh out of college. Taking on a pet, student loans, going back to school, and soon a new house is enough to leave ones head spinning. For me, life is crazy, but only on the outside.
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