So many people think you have to spend a lot of money, to do something fun or entertaining.
That is not true at all. I guess it depends on what you call fun - but I was reading a local paper, and found all kinds of neat things to do in our area for little or no money. I bet you can too.
Of course I get entertained just in my back yard! I love watching the squirrels and birds and the cats. During the summer, of course I have my flowers and garden. Yes that is also work, but in my book it is the best entertainment around.
I love to read as well as do crafts. I have tons of books I haven't read - and well, there is the library just up the road! Libraries can provide you with hours of FREE entertainment. Books, magazines, movies, computers, etc.
Our library often has book discussions and reading groups. Mix with others and have a snack or two all for FREE.
There are craft classes and reading groups for the kids - FREE
Our local colleges often put on art shows of the talented students. FREE. Area schools sometimes have FREE choral concerts or plays (yeah, they are kids - but it is entertaining as heck).
Area churches have dances for various reasons. Recently there was a prom for handicapped folks at a local church. There are sometimes singles meetings/dances. Senior dances and get acquainted nights.
Churches often have FREE dinners for anyone in the community. One just had a chili cook-off contest - cost nothing to participate in the contest and anyone could buy dinner (all you could eat) for $3!
There are many area churches that have great bands come in once a month to play.
Area produce stores gives FREE workshops on eating healthy - demonstrations, samples, and cooking ideas.
There are nutrition and wellness events at area Earth Fare stores twice a month. They have drawings, give out gift bags of goodies and give many demonstrations and cooking classes.
The conservatory at the park is a great way to spend a winter day, enjoying the beautiful plants in the greenhouse. $3 - and you can spend hours in there. They often have special programs for holidays. At Christmas they did a poinsettia/train show and they do a spring flowering bulb show - all for no money.
Check any local greenhouses to see if you can spend an afternoon touring or even volunteering in some way.
Senior centers often offer exercise classes or fun things like Wii bowling for FREE.
Check your area extension service to see if there are any garden clubs in your area. That is always fun - you can share with others and get lots of fun ideas.
IF NOT - start one. Start a gardening group or a seed exchange - I bet you would find a lot of people who would also enjoy it.
We have a German park and club in the vicinity that is open to the public. They have great dance nights - for anyone FREE. You can purchase dinner or have drinks - but the dancing is FREE
Volunteer at any number of places. Many small galleries/historical sites need volunteers, area children hospitals, women's shelters, churches, animal shelters, etc..
Our local park has FREE concerts every Friday night during the summer months. Could be anything from the orchestra to hip-hop to country.
They all have FREE outdoor movie night once a month during nice weather
Many area VFW's, Moose Lodges, Eagles Lodges, etc. have great entertainment. Might charge cover fee, but you can have an evening of good music and socializing.
Do family research. Much can be found at area libraries, and there is a lot that can be found for FREE on-line. I have found that when we do short stints at a pay site - we split the cost with someone else (family) doing research and we both use the same password and can both benefit from the materials.
Don't forget the good old standbys like hiking, bird watching, mushroom hunting, scenic drives, picnics, game nights, movie nights, etc.
Take pictures. I am a huge picture taker. I love photographing flowers, nature of any sort, angel statuaries (yes from the cemetery) and even strange/odd headstones (and those of ancestors). I know I am kind of strange, but I find those things interesting.
In the summer I totally enjoy going to flea markets and yard sales and farm markets - don't have to buy a thing - it's just fun talking to others and viewing the sites. Of course I love people watching - I get that from my Dad. He used to love to just sit back and observe - it truly can be entertaining!!!!!!
So there you have it - a few frugal ideas for fun entertainment. There is just no limit to what can be fun and FREE.
What do you do, that doesn't cost a fortune?