Living on a budget doesn’t mean you have to just sit inside your house and never have any fun. In fact, there are plenty of fun things you can do at home to have fun with your friends and family that cost very little. Just by thinking carefully about your entertainment options and picking the ones that get the most value for your money, you can have a great time at home all while staying on budget.
Fun Things to Do at Home on the Cheap
If you’re looking for some fun and frugal things to do at home I’ve come up with a list of things to get your creative juices flowing:
#1 – Rent a movie
Unlike years gone past, movies are now rather cheap to rent, often available for just $1.00 or so. Most grocery stores have movie rentals available for an affordable price, meaning you can pick them up when you are at the store doing your usual shopping. As opposed to shelling out $10+ just to go sit in a theater, you can have a movie and snacks at home and likely for less. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime , then it’s even better as you get movies for free through your membership!
#2 – Play a board game
Not all fun has to involve technology. Board games are inexpensive, and can be used for years and years. If you look for sales, even some of the most popular games can be purchased for less than $20.
#3 – Play outdoor games
Just as with board games, there are many games you can play in your backyard that cost next to nothing. What I like about this is that not only do you get to have fun at home, but you can get some exercise while at it.
#4 – Simple crafts
If you have children, they will likely enjoy doing small craft projects at home with you. These projects can be quite affordable if you shop wisely and look for sales. Also, find project ideas that reuse various items from around the house that would have otherwise been thrown away. As a parent myself, I’m always amazed at what our kids can do craft wise with very little. Point being, it doesn’t require much spending on your part.
#5 – Card games
A deck of cards only costs a dollar or two, and there are countless card games that can be played by the whole family. Use the internet as a resource to find ideas for various card games as you should be able to find games that work for whatever age group of people you are going to play with.
#6 – Cooking together
Cooking, rather than being a chore, can actually be a fun family activity. And since you are going to be buying food for your house anyway, it is an activity that really doesn’t cost any additional money. Include the kids in the cooking process by giving them small, safe jobs that contribute to the meal. Not only will they have fun working with you, but they will also gain skills that are helpful later in life as well as introducing them to ways to eat healthy while at it.
#7 – Tell stories
In an age where everything is digital and high-tech, sometimes going back to the basics can be fun for the whole family. Sitting around the living room telling stories won’t cost anything, but it is a great way to build relationships and have a relaxing evening together.
What are some other fun things to do at home that are cheap? How do you involve you kids in them, assuming you have them? What’s your favorite board game?
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