Frugal Fun for the Financially Frazzled

By Max Webber
In August 17, 2010

If you find yourself in debt, you probably want to cut down on the spending.  However, limited funds mean limited fun, right?  And, now more than ever, you could use some fun.  Being in debt isn’t exactly the best feeling.  So, what do you do for fun when you can’t treat yourself to a fancy dinner in the city or a concert ticket to see your favorite band?  Well, believe it or not, you don’t need to spend money to have fun.  In fact, having that mentality can help you get out of debt, and stay out.  Frivolous spending is, obviously, a main cause of debt.

So, in order to kick start your frugal fun, here are a few suggestions for fun, and rewarding, activities you can do to help keep your spirits high and your pockets full.

  • Go for a swim.  Plunging into a body of water, or simply kicking back near a body of water, can be incredibly relaxing.  Regardless of where you live, you’re bound to have an ocean, lake, river, swimming hole, or a pool nearby.
  • While you’re down there, go fishing.  Well, maybe not if you’re at a pool.  But, if you’re by a natural body of water, fishing is an inexpensive hobby that you might find enjoyable.
  • Take a camping trip. Of course, try to stay close by, but, especially if you’re near a national park, you can find camp sites for close to nothing.
  • Staying with the nature trend, go for a hike or take a bike ride.  Take some time and soak up the beautiful landscape.
  • Head over to a local sporting event.  You don’t have to spend obscene amounts of money to see a good football game.  Support your local high school.
  • Organize a game of your own.  Kickball and dodgeball are games just about anyone can enjoy.
  • Borrow a couple books from your library.  There are books written on nearly every subject imaginable.  Certainly, you’ll find something that fits your fancy.
  • Start a blog. You don’t have to be a tech guru to operate Blogger or WordPress. Writing can be amazingly therapeutic.  Write about something you’re passionate about.  Have fun with it.
  • Volunteer.  Helping others is the definition of a win-win situation.  You’ll never feel better about yourself, and you’ll make a difference in someone else’s life.  Additionally, this might help put your problems in perspective.  Being in debt isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.