13 ways to have fun without spending money

Looking for fun things to do that don’t cost money on the weekend or throughout the week? Explore these 13 ideas that are both fun and free.

If you’re looking to spend less money, one way to do it is to cut back on your entertainment costs.

According to a survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spent an average of $2,912 on entertainment in 2020. So, if you have room to cut back, you’re not alone. Luckily, trimming your entertainment budget doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the good times. In fact, having a social life on a budget is completely possible.

Maybe you’re facing a thin wallet this Friday night and you need to cut your entertainment expenses. Maybe you’re saving up for a down payment on a house. Or, maybe you just need some staycation ideas to fill the kids’ summer or winter school breaks. Whatever your situation, here are 13 fun things to do that don’t cost money with friends and family:

1. Go on a picnic

Emma Healey, founder of a money-saving blog for moms, has a specific strategy. She’ll pull up her maps app on her phone and look for green patches around where she lives. Then, she’ll search the name of the area to see if it’s a place she can take her kids.

2. Give geocaching a try

As you’re searching for things to do that don’t cost money, consider geocaching. If you have a smartphone, chances are you already have all the equipment you need for this hobby.

3. Leverage your chamber of commerce

Many towns and cities offer no-cost festivals, music nights, and other events.





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