Inspired by an email I received from reader, Wendi, Here’s a post on Frugal Fun. After all, the weekend is coming!
Even in frosty February*, here is a list of 10 things you can enjoy when you want to be frugal but still have a great time. These may be especially useful to you, as half-term approaches.
Those of us who belong to what Juliet Schor** calls ‘The Voluntary Simplicity Movement’ will naturally tend towards activities that limit spending. This means taking the ‘slow’ route to activities that might otherwise be prohibitively expensive.
Here’s my list!
10 Frugal Fun ideas
Enjoy some fresh air, get some Vitamin D on board and get that heart pumping! Here in the UK, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy access to open country via public footpaths or public rights of way. Walking Britain has some fabulous walks. Check out the ones in your area.
Modern-day museums are streets ahead of the latter-day, stuffy homes of dusty relics!
Love to read? Start (or join) a reading group. Our local library lends sets of books for reading groups or you could borrow a book online to discuss with your group. The group could be physical or virtual. What about a virtual group for aspiring minimalists?!
In this era of Kindle, iPad and Amazon, it’s often that we forget about one of the last bastions of civility: the library. Take some time, stop and read, borrow some books to take home and discover new authors or topics. Libraries’ resources are often more plentiful than just books. What else can you borrow?
Meet up with a pal, or make new friends via local meet-up groups. Check out Meetup; some groups offer free classes or have activities you can attend for FREE.
Rediscover a love of music
There are times in our lives when music is a constant backdrop. I remember summer 1990 when I was living in London and Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U was topping the charts and street entertainers belted out the Stones’ Angie…
So, relive your youth by checking out Spotify or another digital music service. Better still, make your own music!
Baking or whipping up something special is a lovely thing to do. Even better, if you can get the kids involved, you’ll make something tasty and enjoy some time together. Don’t forget, it’s Pancake Day soon!
Adopt the role of tourist in your own area and enjoy a new perspective on familiar places. Check out Treasure Trails online for ideas.
Newly-released films are expensive to see at the cinema. Instead, why not establish a film club at home? Bring friends together, make some homemade popcorn and watch your favourite movie. My local second-hand bookshop runs films nights; these are a great way to enjoy a movie-night experience without the attendant costs of going to a movie-theatre.
Stay in bed
Whether a duvet-day for one, or a snuggle with your loved one, get the newspapers or your favourite book, enjoy some tea or whatever you fancy.
Whatever you’re doing, enjoy the weekend and check out my upcoming blog post in the #FrugalFebruary series: next up, we’ll be talking about habits.
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*If it’s sunny where you are, substitute any other (more pleasant) weather-related adjective for “frosty”
** Juliet Schor is an Academic and author of books including The Overspent American