Sometimes, when you’re bored and money is tight, you feel like there is nothing to do that won’t cost you money. But there are a whole bunch of things that you can do for free.
1. Take a walk. For some people, taking a walk might not seem like your idea of fun. But after a long winter, it might become more appealing. Think about all the things that you can see when you take a walk around your city and your town. It’s good for your mood and your body and it is completely free.
2. Read a book. Most likely, you have a book (or two or one hundred), sitting around your house that you haven’t read yet. Why not pick it up? You can also always go to the library, and some ebooks can be accessed for free as well. Also, you can see what books your friends also have and read one at the same time so that you can talk about it.
3. Draw or paint. If you have a more artistic family, it is likely that you have some art supplies lying around that you didn’t pay for. Why not use them? If you don’t have that sort of thing, you probably have a pen and paper. Try to interpret a famous work of art. Or draw a caricature of a friend. Even a stick figure can be diverting in the right company.
4. Write. Writing is 100% free and it is fun! You can create fantastic stories, plan out a comedy series you and your friend are going to make, or write funny essays about your life. Even if you don’t have a computer, you can write in a public library on a drive, or just write long hand. Or you can make up funny stories with friends. Take turns writing the next sentence and see where it goes.
5. Play cards. While cards technically cost money, they are pretty darn cheap. And chances are, you either have a deck somewhere or know someone who does. There are tons of fun card games out there that you can play for hours, and cards are so cheap that even if you bought them, it eventually pays for itself. I’ve spent many a broke summer like this, and it was a blast.
6. Play a word game. So if you really don’t want to spend money on the cards, there is also the option of finding a pen and paper and a hat, and playing a guessing game like Celebrity. This is another way to spend the night with your friends that can turn into a blast, even if games like this might feel like an old-fashioned past time.
7. Dance. Not everybody likes to dance, when other people are around. But I have a theory that everyone likes to dance when they are alone. Whatever the case may be, putting on your favorite jam and shaking it out is good cardio, and is also free.
8. Counting/finding spare change. This may not be fun for some, but I love counting change. Especially after I’ve gone on a scavenger hunt for it. Get a friend and search both your houses/apartments for spare change. Then go to a coin star and split the cash. You can either keep it, or you can spend it on something fun together. A couple of beers, some squirt guns, an ice cream cake. It doesn’t matter. Yeah, you end up spending money, but it was money you didn’t know you had!
9. Bake. While anything involving food costs money, most of you probably have flour and sugar on hand. Why not put it to good use? It will feel free and it’s a whole lot cheaper than going out and buying a box of cookies.
10. Call a friend. This, obviously, depends on your phone plan. But if it’s free for you to talk on night’s and weekends, then talk on night’s and weekends. In addition to this, you can Skype them, or you can just say “hey, come over!” Then you and your friend can talk the night away for free.