Fun things to do on a budget

Going to the library or attending a book store event is a fun thing to do on a budget.
June 25, 2019 | Katie 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.

16. Volunteer

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

Katie Pins is a marketer fascinated with finance. Whether the topic is about the psychology of money, investment strategies or simply how to spend better, Katie enjoys diving in and sharing all the details with family, friends and Money Mentor readers. Money management needs to be simplified and Katie hopes she accomplishes that for our readers. The saying goes, "Knowledge is Power", and she hopes you feel empowered after reading Money Mentor.

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