Things To Do With No Money
If you’re looking for fun things to do with no money, then you’re in the right place!
Sometimes you may be low on money or just don’t feel like spending money, but that doesn’t mean the entertainment should stop. You can still have fun without money.
Why would I pay to watch the stars if I could go stand on my porch and do it for free?
Why would I pay to camp in the middle of trees with no view, when I could go camp on a beach for free! (Yes, that’s a thing).
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I too have fallen victim to being bored when I had no money to spend, but today we are going to make sure the fun never stops again.
So, let’s get started!
What do you do when you have no money?
Before we start thinking too hard, let’s see what we can do around the house, or nearby, to remain entertained without spending a dime. Whether you want things to do with no money at night or things to do with no money with friends, you’re sure to find something to pass the time while having fun.
1 Call a friend: No, we’re not in high school anymore, but boy did I have fun talking to my friends on the phone when it seemed like there was nothing left to do. Even if you don’t like gossiping, call up a friend and the conversation will probably end up in reminiscing and laughter.
2. Indoor games: There are tons of indoor games that are highly undervalued. Card games, Monopoly, Candy Land, Uno, Pictionary, and Twister are great family fun games. Other great board games my family loves include Catan, Clue, and Scrabble. Some can keep you entertained even when the family isn’t home.
3. Throw a get-together: Having friends over doesn’t mean you have to be expensive. Make it like a pot luck so everyone has to bring a food or drink item! Next thing you know, you’ll have a mini party at your house (and you can still play those indoor games with everyone).
4. Scavenger hunt: You don’t have to be a kid to like scavenger hunts. There are tons of scavenger hunt ideas online that can get you going, or you can make your own and go through it with family.
5. Put together a puzzle: Honestly, when was the last time you sat and put together a puzzle? Puzzles are great for working those brain muscles that we stopped using when we left school. If you don’t have one, I’m sure one of your friends has one you can borrow.
6. Have a picnic: Enjoying a picnic with family and friends doesn’t need to be expensive. If everyone brings food and drinks to share, or just for themselves, then a picnic can quickly become a refreshing outdoor success.
7. Find a meetup group: Have any special interests that you wouldn’t mind sharing with others? Meetup is a website where you can find other groups of people with similar interests, like running. Join a club and meet new people.
8. Playground: Grab the kids and take them to blow off some steam at the playground. You’ll get some quiet time and they’ll get a chance to release all that pent up energy.
9. Have a dance party: If you can’t make it to the playground, have a dance party instead! Turn on some music so you and the kids can dance around the house and have an imaginary concert right in your living room.
10. Build a fort: Whether for the kids or yourself, turn your living room into a fort that you can camp out in and watch movies or take a nap in.
11. Camp in the backyard: Have a tent? Go camping in the backyard! That way you don’t need to get coolers, ice, firewood, and all the other necessities for camping if you don’t have it all on hand. You can camp in the yard and still have a great experience.
12. Free camping: Did you know there are tons of places to find free camping? You can use a website like FreeCampSites to find free areas near you. Also, keep in mind that if there is some land owned by the city, it’s probably free camping too (unless otherwise stated). Some beaches, like in Corpus Christi, even have areas where you can camp for free.
14. Paint and sip: Try watching an art video on YouTube and follow along so the entire family can make an artistic masterpiece. Sip on some apple juice for the kids or wine for yourself and relax!
15. Lemonade Stand: Whether you have the kids with you or not, you can grab a table and set up a lemonade stand to make some extra money with all your extra time. In fact, there are over 75 ways to make money as a kid fast, which is also good for adults.
16. Crawfishing: Some people call them “Craw Dads”, but whatever you call them, you can catch them in the local creek! Get the kids and some boots and turn it into a family event. Catch enough of them and have a crawfish boil!
17. Host a family game night: Invite your friends and family over for a relaxing evening of family-fun games like Monopoly and Pictionary are classics. Some other great games are Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride. Don’t worry about refreshments. Have everyone bring a dish and any game they have at home and your evening will be furnished for free.
18. Have a bonfire: Since you’re already thinking about inviting people over to the house, why not make it a bonfire? There’s tons of free wood all over the place that you can use to burn.
19. Go to a high school game: Although football and basketball games might cost, other sports, like track, don’t cost to come out and watch.
How Can I Entertain Myself With No Money?
Sometimes all of your friends and family members are busy, so what things can we do with no money now? All alone, you can still create your own free entertainment.
20. Go to the library: Did you know that libraries have more than just books in them? In some libraries, you can rent indoor games, video games, movies, and more! Oh, and don’t forget they have computers you can browse on too.
21. Turn audio into text: You can get paid for turning audio into text with the best transcription companies in 2020. Even beginners make great money doing this in their spare time.
22. Explore the outdoors: This one is my personal favorite. Look at nature and enjoy the view. Go sit by a lake or river for some refreshing relaxation. Once you put those phones and electronics down long enough, you start to see the beauty that is nature.
23. Visit a museum: For smaller museums (like in my hometown), the entry might be free. Look online or call first to make sure, then go explore the artifacts and history your local museum has to offer.
24. Visit the zoo: Like museums, some zoos have free entry. The one in your city might too! Even if it’s not free to get in all the time, there may be certain days of the week or month in which you can get in free.
25. Check out your local farmer’s market: Go buy one or two foods that you normally wouldn’t get and make some new recipes! Or, you can choose to not purchase anything at all and just look around instead.
26. Take a hike: Going on a hike is a great way to see nature up-close as you enjoy the sounds around you. Kill two birds with one stone (not literally, please) since hiking is a great workout too!
27. Go on a walk or run: Get up and get moving. Going for a walk or run will get you some exercise while enjoying some fresh air. Do it at a park or trail so you have something to look at while you move.
28. Earn money with surveys: In your spare time, you can answer a few questions and get paid for your time. Some surveys pay $50 or more. The highest paying surveys include:
29. Plant some flowers: Spruce up your yard with a small flower garden or a few flower pots on the porch. I know this is supposed to be about things to do with no money, but seeds for flower planting cost less than a dollar. Use that shovel or anything you have on hand to till the dirt and pop some seeds in it.
30. Plant some food: If you prefer, plant some fruits or veggies! These too can be done for free if you plant the seeds from the food you just ate.
31. Take a nap: Sometimes we all need a little extra rest. Catch up on some sleep and take a nap for a few hours. You’ll have a ton more energy when you wake up to do more activities.
32. Catch up on your favorite shows: Many TV and movie providers like Netflix and Hulu offer free trials to try their service. If you don’t already have an account, you can create one and binge-watch the shows you’ve been missing.
33. Cancel unused subscriptions: If you’re like me, you probably have some unused subscriptions you forgot you signed up for. Use a service like Paribus or Trim to help find those hidden subscriptions and save some money.
34. Listen to podcasts: If you don’t feel like reading a book, you can listen to a podcast instead. There are books, motivational talks, comedy, and just about anything else you can think of like a podcast.
35. Turn your skills into income: Whatever you’re good at (literally anything), you can post it on sites like Fiverr or TaskRabbit and people will pay you for your talents.
36. Manage your budget for free: Try a free budgeting app that helps you figure out the best ways to manage your money.
37. Visit a nursing home: Having worked at a nursing home before, I know that many of the residents never have visitors. You can go to the nursing home and talk with some of the residents. They will LOVE the company and you can really learn a lot from them.
38. Call your grandparents: Trust me. They miss you. And they’ve got great stories and knowledge from almost a century of learning!
39. Fly a kite: You may think this is for kids, but have you ever flown a kite before? It is way harder than you think. Go try it for yourself! You’ll be screaming in enjoyment when you get it up there floating in the sky.
40. Walk your dog: Give that fur-baby a break and take him for a walk. Make some money while you do it by taking someone else’s dog for a walk with you. You can use services like Rover and Wag to find people that need their dog walked.
41. Look for free stuff: I used to flip furniture, and something I quickly realized is how much great stuff people give away for free. Check out Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to find great free items in your area.
42. Clean your car: I guarantee there are some crumbs or a stale French fry under your seat that you missed. Give your car a nice cleaning and get the dust out of those vents.
43. Have a spa day at home: Although it’s nice to have someone else rub out feet, you can have your own relaxing spa experience right at home. Run a nice bubble bath, soak your feet, or give your feet a nice scrub and massage. You’ll be glad you did.
44. Try a new hairstyle: Give yourself a new vibe and a fresh new style. If you aren’t sure what to do, look on Pinterest and YouTube for some inspiration and How-Tos.
45. Go dumpster diving: One man’s trash really is another man’s treasure. You would be amazed at the high-quality items that people throw out! I wouldn’t literally dig in the garbage can, but you can ride around town and see what people have posted out by the curb. Pro tip: Do this when the trash is supposed to run in that neighborhood. Many people don’t put large trash out until the day the dumpster truck is coming.
46. Go on a bike ride: Go have a refreshing ride and feel the wind in your hair as you ride and see the sites. Don’t forget your helmet!
47. Return items to the store: Remember that thing you bought last week and still have yet to open it? If you haven’t opened it already, then you probably never will. Take it back and get your money!
What can I do with a week off and no money?
So, you’ve got multiple days that need to be filled with entertainment without spending money? You can do some activities more than once this week, or here are some more ways to fill up your free time:
48. Cook your favorite recipes: When is the last time you had that fancy dish that had you drooling over it and stuffing your face until your stomach busted. Get some of those oldie-but-goodie recipes and make them again.
49. Bucket list: What are those things you’ve always wanted to do? Well, now is the time to explore some of those dreams, especially if it won’t cost you a dime.
50. Get paid to correct grammar: Many people and companies need someone to proofread their writing to ensure it is free of spelling and grammar mistakes. There are tons of online proofreading jobs for beginners that can make you great money in your spare time. Pro tip: Grammarly is a great tool to catch errors even for personal use.
51. Find local events: Check your local city calendar and see if any local events are going on that you can attend.
52. Explore your city: There are probably areas of your city that you never knew existed. Act like a tourist and see everything your city has to offer.
53. Take a Free College Class: Many community colleges and universities offer free classes for the public. The university in my city offers free workout classes, amongst other things. Check out the college in your area and see if there’s a fun, free class you can take.
54. Free exercise: Who needs a gym when you have a gallon jug and some rocks? There are tons of free apps with great exercise routines you can do at home. While you’re at it, join HealthyWage and get paid for losing weight.
55. Volunteer: I used to volunteer at my local dog shelter, and it was so rewarding. See where you can volunteer your help and you’d be surprised the fun you can have and the friends you can make. Websites like VolunteerMatch are also great ways to find opportunities.
56. Meal prep: Save some time this week and plan out some meals. If you’ve already got some ingredients on hand, go ahead, and start batch cooking meals for later. You can even portion the meals out in separate meal prep containers and freeze them for later.
57. Clean your house: One of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself is to finally clean that dust or stain that has been bothering you for weeks. Spend your time cleaning and you’ll have a lot to show for your hard work!
58. Try some free trials: Many companies offer free trials to try out their services before you pay for it. Some that I can think of include:
Set a reminder on your phone to cancel before the trial ends!
59. Watch the sunrise: The perfect way to start the morning. A nice view and a nice cup of coffee or hot cocoa. If you’re feeling the vibe, get a blanket and go sit outside somewhere to thoroughly absorb nature’s beauty.
60. Watch the sunset: And after a day filled with free activities, what better way to wind down than by watching the beautiful sunset.
61. Redesign your house: With items you already have on hand, spruce up a few of the rooms in your home and give it a new life. Swap the photos in rooms, move around the furniture, or make some DIY decor to switch it up a little.
62. Learn a new language: The most common languages in American are English and Spanish, but learning something new never hurts anyone! I use Duolingo and Babble.
63. Build something: if you’re a handy person, get some wood, nails, and screws and build something with the supplies you have on hand.
64. Have a yard sale: We all probably have a ton of things that we haven’t even looked at in the past 12 months. It’s probably safe to say we don’t need those items anymore. So throw it all together and have a yard sale!
How do you have fun when you’re broke?
65. Recognize your blessings: Too often, we all get too focused on the bad and forget to realize everything we have been blessed with. If you woke up this morning, you have another chance to do that thing you always wanted to do.
It doesn’t matter how nice your house is or how nice your car is—heck, you might use your two feet instead of a car, and that’s still great! Please remember that no matter how bad life may seem, or how broke you might be, there is always someone out there that has it worse than you. ALWAYS.
Final Thoughts – Things To Do With No Money
As you can see, there are tons of things to do with no money. Whether you want to do it with family and friends or if you want to find something to do alone, there is a whole world out there you can see without spending a dime.
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