Things cost money. Many articles across the web – including on this site – talk about wise ways to spend money. Sometimes, we refer to getting the most “bang for your buck.”
But what if you don’t have a buck? Or, what if you just don’t want to spend any money? In our world of technology, it’s easy to just get sucked into “vegging out.” That’s okay every so often, but there are so many other things to do that are productive and fun, and they don’t have to cost anything.
40 Ways to Enjoy an Evening with No Money
So, instead of dropping a bunch of money to head out to the movies (again), here’s a list of things you can do this evening for some enjoyment that don’t have to cost a dime. You will notice that some of these assume you are married and/or have children, but not all of them do. You can use your existing resources to have a good time without spending anything more. Anyone can do most of the things on this list. Pick one and enjoy a fun and free evening!
1. Take a walk through the neighborhood.
2. Download a free Kindle reader and free Kindle book, and read a classic.
3. Play a board game you already own.
4. Cook supper together with ingredients you already have.
5. Re-read a few favorite magazine articles.
6. Go window ‘shopping’ (no, not for windows, but looking in the windows of some favorite stores). You don’t have to spend money to have fun looking around.
7. Clean out a closet and donate some of the items.
8. Make next month’s budget. Yes, this can be fun!
9. Go visit a neighbor you haven’t seen in a little while.
10. Create a Facebook page, Twitter account, or Pinterest board for a club or organization you are passionate about.
11. “Roughhouse” with the kids.
12. Dig deep into your DVD collection and watch a movie you haven’t seen in awhile.
13. Make a milkshake.
14. Spend some time visiting at a nursing home.
15. Skip rocks on a nearby creek or lake.
16. Make up a family play or story.
17. Read a favorite passage from the Bible.
18. Pray as a family.
19. Create a monthly checklist of household to-dos (change air filters, check air in car tires, etc.).
20. Spend some time in quiet thought and reflection.
21. Go watch little kids play baseball (or soccer, basketball, etc.).
22. Skype or FaceTime with a college friend.
23. Call your mother!
24. Play hide-and-seek with your kids (and let them find you!).
25. Read to your children.
26. Visit the local library.
27. Drive through a neighborhood where you’ll never be able to afford to live and get some ideas.
28. Drive through a neighborhood with less than you have to be reminded of your blessings.
29. Draw, paint, or sculpt something . . . even if you aren’t an artist.
30. Eat supper on the back patio (or on the floor, or even in your pajamas on the couch).
31. Visit a hospital (evenings are often very lonely there).
32. Turn in early (sleep is not a bad thing).
33. Plan a major house project (planting the garden, redecorating a room, buying a new couch, etc.). Remember, planning doesn’t cost anything.
34. Have a neighbor family over for coffee or lemonade on the porch.
35. Sing hymns as a family.
36. Pick up an old hobby and see if you’ve still “got it” (playing guitar, for example). Even if you don’t, it’ll be fun to find out.
37. Do a long-neglected project.
39. Take a walking tour of a historical neighborhood, family-friendly farm, or other nearby site.
40. Have a face-to-face conversation with your family.
There are some things you can do with basically no planning and no money. Now, instead of just flipping on the TV and channel surfing, why not do something that is truly fun or even productive?
What would you add? What are some fun and productive things that you have done for no money? Leave a comment!