If you’ve decided to make 2019 your year to get your finances back on track, you may not be off to a very fun start. Most spenders have a tendency to deplete funds on leisure good and activities.
Yet, there is plenty to do for little to no cost that might even turn out to be more fun. Here are just a few.
1. Have a rotating potluck night
Hosting can be expensive, but it doesn’t need to be! Arrange to trade off hosting a potluck night with your friends. You’ll spend less while getting a fuller meal with friends!
2. Buy a deck of cards
A standard deck of cards usually costs less than $3. Use it to play card games with friends or even learn magic tricks on your own. This inexpensive resource can go a long way in giving you something fun to do.
3. Volunteer at your local shelter
Most animal shelter organizations welcome volunteers to walk the dogs and play with the animals. Doing this can be a fun, free way to de-stress and give back.
4. Look for a free video game
If you already have a console or a PC, you can search on Steam for a free game to download. While the quality of every game may not be especially promising, you may find a diamond in the rough.
5. Read fiction
You knew this was coming. While it’s a lot easier to passively watch content online or in a movie, reading is a way to actively take part in what you’re doing. This makes the activity more enjoyable and leaves you with a clear mind. Many books can be downloaded for free online. However, the cost of a book is typically low.
6. Get active
You don’t need to spend money on a gym membership or fancy equipment to get active. Going for a hike or a jog outside is a simple, free way to spend your time that will leave you feeling good once you get into the routine of it.
This activity can also be done with friends, pets or solo! However, you may need to acquire running shoes or athletic wear.
7. Do a puzzle
Another relatively low-cost, time-consuming activity to do is a puzzle! Pick out the most challenging one and invite a friend to help you figure it out.
8. Paint, color or draw
Painting, coloring or drawing can be reasonably inexpensive and doesn’t necessarily require artistic skill. Using a coloring book, doodling or following a Bob Ross paint tutorial are all easy ways to try your hand at artistry.
9. Knit, crochet or macramé
This activity will require some tools to start. But, depending on your project, the expense may go a long way in saving you money. Look online to learn how to start.
10. Learn a new skill
Anything that requires learning a new skill is time-consuming, as long as you stick to it. This could make the cost of an instrument or language classes worth it.
However, if you are struggling with money, you should not buy any high-ticket items that you aren’t 100 percent sure you can dedicate yourself to.
Clear your debt
If you’re finding that your financial situation doesn’t allow you to spend money on basic necessities without getting deeper into debt, it’s time to reassess your options.
Even the strictest budgets may not be enough to pull some out of debt. If this is the case for you, a lawyer may be able to help you clear your debt with bankruptcy. Consult with an attorney to learn more about your options.