Soooo I'm in this weird transition period where I'm applying to jobs and saving up for when I get one and have to move. And since I diminished my savings paying for my car I'm living UNDER a shoestring budget.
Recently single, it's hard not to have any cash to go out and keep myself busy.
Ideas for ways to have fun that don't so much as include gas money?
I thought about inviting the girls over for a movie night but even that would mean at least some money for food (snacks/pizza/ something).
Any ideas for truly FREE ways to have fun?
Right now I read a lot and walk the dog o.O
Feb 24 13 08:36 am Link
Quebec, Quebec, Canada
creative hobbies ?
photography (if you have a digital camera)
knitting (some $$$ but you got things back)
or anything crafty that involved recycling
urban bird watching
learning a new language
getting all awww following my pictures on Google+
Feb 24 13 08:47 am Link
Scottsdale, Arizona, US
Public library in walking/biking distance?
Feb 24 13 08:51 am Link
Fayetteville, Arkansas, US
So invite the girls over for movies and ask them to bring their favorite snack. A sort of snacking potluck. Then you make a little something. That way, there's enough for everyone, and you're not stretching your finances too far.
Feb 24 13 09:19 am Link
Phoenix, Arizona, US
Feb 24 13 09:49 am Link
Almost, not quite. Though close enough the gas is *almost* negligible.
Feb 24 13 04:17 pm Link
We did a potluck a few weeks ago but it got expensive because my friends all have insane allergies. All of them. Put them all together in a room and feeding us becomes something you need a p.h.D to figure out how do!!
Feb 24 13 04:18 pm Link
I LOVE being crafty but most requires some investment of supplies since I have zilch
Feb 24 13 04:20 pm Link
New York, New York, US
Too bad that you are not in NYC... because then you could become a member of this group:
Feb 24 13 04:28 pm Link
Quebec, Quebec, Canada
I am not social, can you tell ?
Feb 24 13 04:40 pm Link
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Get a job in Indiana and I'll come hang out with you! Because I need to get out more, and just once meeting/hanging out with you was NOT ENOUGH!
Feb 25 13 05:23 am Link
Scottsdale, Arizona, US
Bonus. Most public libraries have DVDs available for loan nowadays, so for one trip to the library you can easily pick up enough books and DVDs to keep you entertained for a week or two.
Feb 25 13 05:56 am Link
Buffalo, New York, US
We play cards a couple of times a month. Different people depending on the evening.
well, don't know if it's your definition of fun... but how about charity work?
It will keep you busy, it doesn't cost anything (well, some do, but I'm sure you could find something that is somewhat close) and it makes you feel good about yourself. Plus, you get to help other ofcourse, and it might even be a nice extra to add to your resume.
I visit lonely eldery people for charity (among other things). a couple of hours a week I go there and just have a chat with them over a cup of coffee. And I've been thinking about taking a couple of hours a week to help out at the animal shelter, feed and walk the animals or something. Nothing big, but it keeps my mind occupied and I find it very fulfilling .
oh, do you like shopping? do your friends have the same size (approximately) as you?
Every now and then I like to clean out my closet, get together with a bunch of friends who did the same and then swap clothes . Gets you a couple of new outfits, it feels like shopping, and you didn't spend anything!
Feb 25 13 07:04 am Link
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Look up the lecture/event schedule at the local colleges. Many will have interesting lectures that are free to the public. Writers discuss their books, scientists discuss the latest findings, artists discuss their art. Etc etc. Some can be extremely enlightening. Go early, sit next to an interesting looking person and chat them up.
Look up the microbreweries in your area and see when they give tours. Sweetwater Brewery here in Atlanta does tours five days a week and they're free. You can also sample the beers for free (or pay $10 for the bottomless souvenir glass).
Museums often do a free-to-the-public day though that can sometimes be state residents only. The smaller ones, however, often just ask for some sort of donation when people come in. Could be $2 if that's what you have. Check into the gallery districts they're generally free all the time. Go for an exhibition opening; they usually have free food in addition to free admission. It's always good to meet people in the art community anyway.
These are all things I've done alone and in groups. Sometimes going alone is even better: make it a point to meet new people and make friends and if you take a friend there's kind of a prompt to not talk to others. I'm a talkative guy though and would do it anyway. I went to an anti-war rally back in '05 or '06 and chatted up this chick who was also there by herself. She said none of her friends would bother going with her. We spent the day together, ended up getting interviewed for a documentary of the event that was being filled and have remained close friends ever since. Turns out that we were from the same hometown and we later realized that my older brother had dated her older sister. Had I gone with someone else, I probably would have simple chatted with the person I brought with me.
Something to think about. I've made a lot of friends like that.
Feb 25 13 10:32 am Link
Portland, Oregon, US
collect rocks. shiny shiny rocks.
Feb 25 13 10:43 am Link
Jacksonville, Florida, US
Go fly a kite... literally, get a kite and go to an open area.
Get a checkerboard and go to a park. Make a sign that you will play with people. You get to meet new people as a plus.
Feb 25 13 02:15 pm Link
So far I can't get a job *anywhere* Wanna find someone to hire me?
Feb 25 13 03:57 pm Link
Anna Adrielle wrote:
I volunteer work for the Humane Society It's actually something I'm thinking I'll do more of since I found they are regularly at a Petsmart up the road from me!
Feb 25 13 03:58 pm Link
Kincaid Blackwood wrote:
This is good advice! I just wish I didn't live so far from the great places that I can think of- the sprawl in Tucson is ridiculous!!!!
Feb 25 13 04:00 pm Link
oh, that's great! well there you have it
Feb 26 13 12:09 am Link
Biloxi, Mississippi, US
Feb 26 13 12:24 pm Link
oh, and by the way... sorry to hear about your relationship ending . Must be difficult right now to be in a transation phase on top of that... I'm sure you'll be back to a kickass awesomesauce phase in no time though!!
Feb 26 13 12:47 pm Link