“What do you want to do this weekend?”
* Shoulder shrug *
“I do not know what you want to do?”
* Shoulder shrug and sigh *
“I do not know, there’s nothing to do around here.
I have had conversations like this many times in the past, but not anymore. I am learning to appreciate the little things in life and enjoy living in the moment more. Too often when we think of “fun” things, we think of expensive options like taking a ball game, going on vacation, or going to a concert.
This is a list to help you get rid of boredom without emptying your wallet this weekend.
1. Go to the Park
You can take your family or go with a friend. Swing on the swings like when you were a kid.
2. Watching the sunset
Find a great spot in your community to take in the sunset. We have a lake in our house that offers great views!
3. Pack a picnic lunch
Throw a picnic lunch together and find a shady spot to enjoy the day with your loved ones.
4. Play table games
Bring in the old favorites like Monopoly or Scrabble, or find new board games to play with. (See also: Board games that make you think)
5. Card Games
Invite some friends and have a card night.
6. Have a road meeting with friends
Get some friends together and go on a mobile treasure hunt. The first one back with all the things on the list wins! Losers have to buy dessert.
7. Go on a Scavenger Digital Search
Do a digital treasure hunt. Think of some creative, hilarious photos you could take with people in the community, or check out this list of treasure hunt ideas.
8. Launch a B.Y.O.E. Party
This stands for Bring Your Own Whole. Guests are invited to bring food and drinks to share. Or, check this post out for the frugal party ideas.
9. Have a campfire or bonfire in your backyard
Make s’mores and play bonfire games.
10. Get Ice Cream
Access your local ice cream shop and enjoy your favorite dish! Our local Dairy Queen is located right on the lake, which ties in perfect with # 2!
(Sage selection of bread: Lello Gelato Ice cream maker Junior on Amazon)
11. Make a romantic dinner
Plan a romantic dinner by candlelight for your spouse or loved one. Romance does not have to be expensive! (See also: Romance on a dime)
12. Grill Something New
Try a new roast recipe. I recently tried the chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese, mozzarella, basil and tomatoes! MMM!
13. Go to the Museum or Zoo
Many times a local museum will have days off or discount. Zoos are pretty cheap if you pack your own lunch and avoid unnecessary extras.
14. Scan your old photos
Take advantage of the weekend to review your old photos and scan them into a digital archive. You can even create digital scrapbooks! (See also: Saving Memories with Cloud Computing)
15. Imagine you are a tourist in your community
Most people rarely visit the tourist attractions of their own city. Take a weekend to be a tourist in your own city.
16. Organize a neighborhood cleanup
Get friends and neighbors together to go and clean a block in the city. Here are six steps to organizing your own neighborhood cleanup.
17. Go to the Farmers Market
Communities will usually have farmers markets on the weekends where you can get locally grown produce. Food is fresh and delicious! Here is an expert guide to farmers’ markets.
18. Choose strawberries or other fruit
Find a “U-Pick” place to pick up some fresh strawberries, blueberries or other fruit and then …
19. Bake a cake
Use the freshly picked fruit to bake a homemade cake! (Do you need help with the pie crust?)
20. Volunteer in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
Organizations like these always look for volunteers. This will be one of the most rewarding things you could do this weekend and possibly can make a difference in your resume! (See also: Translating volunteer experiences to workplace credentials)
21. Invite your neighbors more
With today’s busy pace, it seems harder to meet our neighbors. Invite them to dinner or dessert and make an effort to know more about them.
22. Go fishing
Grab the poles, find a pond, and cast those lines!
23. Go to the beach
Enjoy the sand coasts for some relaxation and relaxation. Just do not forget to protect your skin! (See also: Ways to protect your skin during the summer)
24. Go to the Library
There are many benefits your local library has to offer besides books. You can rent movies, pages through magazines, or surf the net.
25. Organize a Classic Movie Marathon
Invite your friends to a marathon of movies with all the classics you remember when you were big. Or, get a marathon from the money movie!
26. Reorganize furniture in your home
My wife and I did this last weekend. I love the new look of our living room now! Rearranging the furniture costs nothing and adds a new style to your place.
27. Write your bucket list and choose one to do
Brainstorm all the things you want to do in life, and choose one to do this weekend.
28. Join a puzzle
When is the last time you put together a puzzle? Find one you like and get to it.
29. Volunteer to Babysit for someone who “needs a break”
I know many parents who would love to have someone give them the opportunity to take a break from life activity. Many single parents almost never have the opportunity to go out and relax.
30. Clean your closet and donate to a second-hand store.
Go through your closets and declutter. Find items you can donate to your local goodwill or other thrift store.
31. Watch the shooting stars
Go on a star-gazing adventure. Take a blanket and head to a park to lay and see the stars. Here is a meteor shower calendar to help.
32. Go on a bike ride
Bike to a place you’ve never been before. Or, take your bike to a city or city you are unfamiliar with and create your own bike tour. Just be safe on your bike! (See also: Safety of the bicycle in the city)
33. Take a free online class
There are plenty of free online classes you could take to improve your skills in a certain area. Try your hand at investment classes if that interests you!
34. Write your life plan
This will take a little thought, but it will be well worth it. Here’s a great Michael Hyatt resource to help you think through your life plan.
35. Establish three new goals for you
Related to the life plan is setting three new goals you would like to achieve in the new six to twelve months … and write them down!
36. Find a community game to attend
Many local communities offer low-cost theater productions.
37. Help someone in need
Assist a neighbor, co-worker, or friend.
38. Buy food for the homeless and listen to their stories
It is not always wise to give money to a homeless person, but you can buy food. Listen to their stories, and if possible, lead an organization that can help.
39. Go bowling
Get some friends together and have a bang on the rails!
40. Visit garage sales and find deals
Take a friend or two, have breakfast, and then hit the local garage sales to look for deals.
41. Visit the Fire Station or Local Police Station and thank them for their service
A simple gesture can mean a lot to the men and women who serve us daily!
42. Visiting a local nursing home and engaging with residents
Many older people have great stories to tell. Listen to their stories and see what you can learn from them.
43. Planting a garden
You can make a garden box or even an herb garden if you do not have a lot of space. (See also: Small Space Garden Ideas)
44. Go dancing
Grab a few friends, put on dancing shoes and hit the local club.
45. Walk through the craft shop and start an art project
Take your spouse or a loved one to a craft store and each purchase some crafts for a creative project. Or start a pine cone project!
46. Host a “Minute to Win It”
Invite some friends and challenge each other with some creative games based on the hit TV show.
47. Write a letter to a family member who has not spoken in a while
When was the last time you sat down and wrote a letter? There is something magical and nostalgic about the word written on paper. Send a letter to someone you have not talked to in a while and tell them how much you love them.
Hopefully these ideas are enough to start a fun, cheap and rewarding weekend!
What cheap and fun things do you plan to do this weekend?