Is it even possible for the two words frugal and fun to go together in the same sentence? Absolutely. It's a common misconception that people think that just because something is inexpensive or free, it means that it lacks in the fun area. Seriously? That couldn't be further from the truth.
There are so many discounted, frugal activities that can provide hours of fun! Think about the last time that you experienced something fun that cost next to nothing. The fun aspect has nothing to do with the cost. I've attended costly events that were less fun than the free festival that I visited in my hometown.
Combining frugal with fun is not only a great pairing, but it's also about the frame of mind that you approach it with. Get the thought out of your head that you can't have fun if it doesn't cost anything.
Is it gone? Good.
Now that you have a clear mind let's explore all the ways that the two can absolutely be combined!
Embrace all that nature has to offer.
Being in nature is one of the best ways to enjoy being frugal. Think about everything that you can do outside. Take a hike, go on a bike ride, go fishing, camping, glamping, or anything else that your heart desires. And the best part? Nature doesn't charge you an entry fee. Most activities that you can do in nature are 100% free, and fun.
Host a party at your house.
Not just any party – a potluck party. By having the party at your home, it's already lower in cost because you don't have to go anywhere or reserve anything.
Then, match that with a potluck where everyone brings a dish to share? Instant money saver for food items as well. Who doesn't love a party with a ton of great food? Sounds like a blast to me!
- Recipe: Savoury Bacon Pastry Cups
Have an impromptu outdoor movie night.
If you have a movie projector handy, why not put it to use? Set up an outdoor theatre area with blankets on the ground for sitting.
Then, invite your friends to join in the fun! Don't forget to pop the popcorn as well because we all know that it's a MUST for movies! (If you don't have a projector, ask your friends/family to borrow one.) It's a great frugal way to enjoy a fun movie with your friends. Best part? It won't break the bank, but it will bring on the fun!
Attend free concerts in your area.
If you love all things music, do you research in your local area to see if any free concerts or venues are coming up that you can attend.
Local bars and restaurants often have bands to come and play, and some don't charge a cover to be able to watch them. What better way to hear some great music, while also saving some serious dough?
Educate yourself on the events in your town.
There are SO many free events that go on in towns; it's a shame to not even know about them. A great place to check with is the Conventions Bureau or the City Library.
Both would have up-to-date knowledge of events happening that they would be more than happy to share with you. Sporting events, dollar days at the movies, upcoming festivals at the local parks, book signings at the local bookstores, free art classes to explore your creativity and cooking classes are all potential fun activities that could very well be going on in your town. Don't miss out on these fun events just because you aren't educated on them! Ask the questions to find out your options.
It's not difficult to find ways to save money while still having fun. See if anything is going on that you are interested in, and make plans to attend.
If you find that you are ready to branch out and try a few new things as well, then that is awesome, too! Opening up your idea of “fun” will also open up so many new fun and frugal activities for you to try. Don't limit yourself because of your perception of how things should be. Be open to trying new things and be prepared for all the fun you will have!
What are some fun things that you love to do that don't cost a lot of money? Give me your ideas in the comments below!