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By Kathryn Pins
Many of us have long-term financial goals, such as saving for a house or paying off student loans. Achieving those goals requires hard work and sacrifice, but we also want to live in the present and enjoy ourselves now. Finding a balance can be difficult, so we brainstormed some fun things to do on a budget and came up with a pretty lengthy list. Hopefully, this list will get you thinking of what else you can incorporate into your life on the cheap. So, enjoy yourself guilt-free while getting closer to accomplishing your financial goals!
1. Set up a picnic
This can either be a quiet relaxing afternoon with a book, a snack and some sunshine, or you could invite others for yard games and conversation.
2. Go on a hike
Head to a National Park and discover a new spot while challenging yourself.
3. Map out a fun bike ride
Pick a destination or a path you’ve wanted to try out and make it an adventure.
4. Check out a street fest
Street fests are great because they often have free entertainment and you can learn about local businesses in your community.
5. Visit an animal shelter and walk a dog
Spend some time with a furry friend and make a difference in your community.
6. Go on a free walking tour
Many cities have free walking tours. Check one out and be a tourist in your own city.
7. Have a bonfire
Grab the s'mores and enjoy the outdoors.
8. Head to the park or beach
Let the kids burn off some energy and make it a fun day.
9. Visit the library
The library has a ton of community events and classes. Attend one of those or grab a book from your reading list.
10. Start a book club
Get to know your friends even better with a discussion around a popular book.
11. Play board games
Invite some people over for a game night! Ask them to bring one of their favorites.
12. Visit a museum
Most museums have free days. Look up those days online and learn something new.
13. Host a potluck
You could even combine a game night with a potluck and try a new dish.
14. Attend an art opening
Chances are that there are some very talented people in your neighborhood. Relax and enjoy the art.
15. Attend a reading at a bookstore
Discover a new author or escape into a favorite genre at a reading.
Pick an organization or activity you enjoy and give back by volunteering your time.
17. Attend a park event
Parks departments offer tons of events, including movies, yoga, dance lessons and ice skating.
Want to get out of town on the cheap? Check out these blog articles:
6 of the best cheap road trips in the U.S.
How to save money on your next summer road trip
Kathryn Pins is a marketing content specialist at Alliant. She’s passionate about finding and communicating meaningful financial information with Money Mentor readers. Kathryn is a saver who gets more excited about certificates and her Roth IRA than shopping. When she does spend her earnings, it’s on furthering her education, travel, unique experiences, and loved ones.