Who wants to go spend a load of money just to enjoy ourselves and have fun? Not me – and I am sure you don’t care to do so either. Having fun and finding entertainment for yourself, your family, or a frugal date doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – and sometimes none at all.
Here are just a few frugal ways to have fun on a budget. You can use these ideas to provide frugal entertainment, or come up with a few of your own.
1. Go fly a kite – literally. It’s the perfect time of year to get those kites out and take a flight high up into the sky. You can make your own kite or get an inexpensive one and have a blast flying a kite. Who knows why it’s so enjoyable, but it is.
2. Have a picnic. This is another frugal fun thing to do that’s perfect for this time of year. Pack some yummies that everyone will enjoy, pick a destination, and head out.
3. Catch an outdoor concert – outside of the concert. The music is often loud enough that you can hear it at a distance, so use idea #2 for having a picnic and there you go – a lovely picnic with free music!
4. Hit up the movie matinee. Watching a movie during matinee time usually will save you a bundle watching the latest movie releases at the theater. Frankly, most movie theaters don’t like for you to take your own drinks or snacks, but if you have a fairly large handbag, you can sneak them in. (We did for years!!) This will save you a ton of money on their high priced snacks.
5. Take a trip to the beach (or lake). Again, use frugal idea #2 and pack a picnic, pick a beach, and head out. Remember the sun screen! Even if it’s not sunny out, those harmful rays still come through. There’s so much to at the beach (or lake) besides swimming. Take a metal detector and look for fabulous treasure finds. Collect shells or rocks. Take photos. Take a walk. Or you could even actually swim.
These are just a few frugal ideas to have fun on a budget. Have you noticed that the ongoing theme here is taking your own food and not buying it? That one thing can save you a load of money allowing you to get out more often without spending a lot of money to do so. There are plenty of other places to go and things to do – the park if you live in or near a large city, the museum, the zoo, the river, fishing, etc. Use your imagination and just be frugal!