Are you living on a budget, and feeling the pinch on Saturday night? It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are six ways you can have fun on this International Frugal Fun Day without spending a lot of money.
1. Put romance back into your life. Sure, it’s fun to go to a rock concert or an expensive restaurant or night-clubbing with your sweetie. But it’s even more fun to put together a romantic date that you’ll remember. Pack a picnic and take a trip into the mountains to see the leaves changing. Be sure to include a special bottle of wine or dessert, and of course, a red rose. Even better: write a love letter and read it to your honey – open up the conversation and see where it leads. You won’t be disappointed.
2. Have fun on your own. Going out with friends is fun, but when is the last time you went out on your own? Find a street fair and wander about, talking to people you encounter. Or go to an amateur sporting event and cheer on the team. Open up to the possibilities of connection, and you’ll find yourself bonding with people you’d never meet if you were with a friend.
3. Do a good deed. Think back to when you helped someone in need or volunteered for a charity event. Remember that warm glow? It’s time to capture it again. Volunteer at a charity run or a food pantry, help deliver meals to shut-ins, or call your local charity and ask what you can do. You’ll meet some wonderful like-minded people and have fun working with them toward a common goal.
4. Learn something new. Many of us associating learning with the drudgery of school, but that’s not what education is about. Remember the excitement you felt as a kid when you learned a new skill, or something new about how the world worked? Capture that excitement again by taking a one-day class to learn a new subject, sport or skill. Archery, anyone?
5. Impress your kids. If you don’t have kids, impress someone else’s. How the heck do you do that? By mastering a flashy skill that resonates with them. Go to the magic shop and find a simple but showy trick you can do. Watch a video to learn how to create balloon animals. Learn a silly song that kids will love to sing with you. Not only will you make a child happy, you’ll end up feeling like a kid again yourself.
6. Connect with your past. As you’ve traveled through life, you’ve made a lot of friends along the way that you’ve lost touch with. This is a great time to reconnect. Remember that third-grade teacher that you loved? Send her a letter telling her what a difference she made to you. That friend from high school that you spent every spare minute with? Look him up on the internet and find out what he’s up to. Even if you don’t rekindle a friendship, by reaching out you’ll enrich their lives and your own.