Saving money is not very fun. Especially when you have access to the money, and are very bored. Fortunately for you, there are a few things you can do to turn this boredom upside down!
1. Pick up a hobby
My favorite hobby that can be completely free is drawing. If you are a perfectionist, this is the perfect hobby that can swallow up boredom. Everyone can draw. Even those who claim they can only draw stick figures. Have you seen Cyanide and Happiness? They are just stick figures! And they are incredibly entertaining!
Drew this when I was bored a while back. Yes the hair sucks but look at the swirls! I just looked up swirls on google and just did a collage of so many different one.
2. Read a book
Books have the ability to fly us to different mental dimensions. They can take quite a while to finish reading, and if you have a library card, you don’t have to worry about clutter and paying any money. I think having a mandatory return date helps people read quicker. Just be careful for those late fees. My sister and I once raked up over $100 because we forgot the return date and returned it two days late (we are fast readers and had checked out over 20 fat books each).
3. Have a game night! And a potluck!
Saving money doesn’t have to ruin friendships. You could invite all of your people over for a game night and play something like Cards Against Humanity (only for adults, its such a deliciously awful game). You can also make it potluck! This way you don’t have to cook too much, and you may be left with leftovers. From my experience, the host usually keeps all of the food.
4. Go to a museum or gallery
You probably have a few museums or galleries within a few miles from your home. Take the day and go check them out. Maybe your town has some pretty great history. Maybe there is an amazing local painter in your town that is trying to be recognized but no one has seen their art. You will never know unless you go check. Here in Modesto, CA we have an art gallery that also makes giant murals throughout the town. They also hold some free art lessons, you may have something like this near you.
5. Watch a live show
This may be difficult to find, but look around. I am pretty sure there should be something online. During the summer, we have a freaking amazing band that plays every week for like 8-10 weeks. The crowd and the ambient is so exciting! Everyone is drinking beer, listening to awesome band (symphony with clarinets, flutes, trumpets, etc), and just having an awesome time. Maybe you can make some friends and if they like you, they will offer you some of their food/drinks.
Becoming financially free is important and very possible to accomplish. You just have to make a few changes to your lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean it has to kill your fun. Try one of these out and tell us about that experience! I can tell you I often draw, and I have recently picked up wood burning. That did cost me $15 because I did not have the tool but let me tell you it is very fun (gloves are very much encouraged)!
There are many more things that you can do that will take up quite a bit of time, and be pretty much free. If you have any other suggestions, or any cool free experiences regarding the above, don’t be afraid to leave a comment below!