8 Creative Ways to Have Fun on a Budget

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Many of us believe it requires significant money to make our free time more enjoyable.

While it might be true for some people, several activities could make the day exciting without spending too much. You have to unleash your childlike imagination.

That said, we’re going to have a look at some of these wallet-friendly activities. So without further ado, here are eight creative ways to have fun on a budget. 

Dust off Your Old Console Games

Remember the time you spent with your childhood friends playing video games many years ago? If you’re thinking of doing something fun and nostalgic, you better start dusting off your old console games.

Call your friends, for old times’ sake, and start bashing those controller buttons with them. 

Take the fun a step further by having a contest with your mates. Choose a game, then compete against each other. The losing player has to award the winner a prize, such as a treat to a nearby cafe. 

Camping in the Backyard With Your Kids

According to research, around 44% of holidays in September 2020 alone were spent by Aussies camping and caravanning. It goes to show how fun and exciting this activity is. However, let’s face it; it requires a budget for petrol which could be expensive. 

Turning your backyard into a campsite is the way to go if you’re on a budget but want to spend the night camping with your kids. You can have a tent pitched, build a campfire, and grill dinner there. You can also play the guitar, sing songs, or share campsite stories with your children.

Have a Spa Day at Home

After a long week at work, having a spa day with friends would make your Saturday more fun. The good thing is you don’t have to go and spend money on expensive spas and beauty salons. Instead, you can do it in the comfort of your home. 

So, invite your friends to come over. Set the mood by playing your favourite relaxation songs and lighting some scented candles. Treat your face and skin with home ingredients such as cocoa and applesauce. You could also prepare refreshing drinks for you and your friends.

Have a Budget Cook-off With Your Friends

Having a cook-off with your friends is another way to have fun that wouldn’t require a huge budget. Talk to your mates about it and then agree on the type of food to prepare for this challenge.

However, ensure that each contestant spends only a set amount of dollars on the ingredients.

Set a date and a venue by deciding who among the participants will host the event. On the day of the contest, take turns in preparing the food. When everyone is done cooking, taste the food, have a mini party and vote on the best wallet-friendly dish.        

Create a Family Time Capsule

Creating a time capsule allows the whole family to bond and have fun together. Furthermore, it only costs a little to make one. 

Ask your spouse and children to hand over personal belongings such as photographs, pens, lipsticks, wallets, handkerchiefs, and jewellery. You may add newspaper clippings and a list of each family member’s favourite songs, books, and movies.

So, grab a reliable container, set a date on when to open it, and then tuck it away in a safe place. You could either keep it somewhere in the house or bury it in the garden. Just make sure that you take note of the spot. 

Photoshoot With a Mate

If you’re sick of taking selfies alone, perhaps it’s about time to have a photoshoot with a friend. No, you don’t need expensive digital cameras to do this. Your mobile phone cam will do as long as you choose the right location and the time of day. 

Think of a nearby place. Have a summer-inspired photoshoot if you and your mate live near the beach. If you love sports, capture some images while hitting the court. 

An hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset is the perfect time for taking great photos because of the light they provide.

Leave Inspiring Notes in Public Places

Leaving notes with inspiring messages in public places won’t only give you hours of fun but could also make anyone who finds it smile.

Imagine how a message written on a small piece of paper can turn an unhappy person’s day around. Statements like “that one will pass” or “you are loved” can make a big difference. 

That said, begin writing quotes on those yellow sticky notes and then leave them on car windshields, restaurant tables, and park benches. 

If you’re feeling bold, you may want to look for a stranger who you believe needs your message. Approach the person without saying a word, hand them the note and then quietly leave.    

Play Cards Differently 

As long as you have cards sitting in your drawer, playing them is an excellent way to have fun without spending a dollar. While a card game like Five Hundred is exciting in and of itself, you can make it more entertaining by adding truth or dare to the rules. 

This means that the player who wins the game can ask the losing players to choose between truth and dare. If the player decides on “truth,” he has to answer the question the winner’s asking. If he chooses “dare,” the winner dares him to do something challenging.

Final Thoughts

We’ve just seen eight creative ways to have fun on a budget.

We learned that we don’t need to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars to have fun. Our creativity could make a relatively simple activity into something very engaging.

Who would have thought that a forgotten video game or backyard camping could be a source of amusement nowadays? 

So, be imaginative. Reinvent and have fun!

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