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It’s the weekend and your bank account is a little lean. You’re wondering what to do with your time, but options are limited because your funds are too. This is not to say that you’re not willing to put a little work into it, but you know your financial limits. In this case it’s less than $10.00.
In our first post, Cheap Stuff to Do with a Loved One, we addressed couples’ activities that you can engage in that are cheap, fun and romantic. In this post, entitled, Cheap Stuff to Do on the Weekend for $9.95 or Less, we take it in a different direction, we discuss 25 fun things to do on the weekend that are either free, or can be purchase for less than one ten dollar bill – including tax!
For about the cost of a fast food meal each of the following can easily be completed; and enjoyable? You bet! Here we go.
- Gardening – For those that enjoy the great outdoors spending time creating can be soul cleansing. The cost to garden comes down to some base gardening material: fertilizer, seed and soil. Base gardening material can be acquired inexpensively and used many, many, times. So the cost, spread out over many weekends, is far less than $9.95 each time.
- Bike riding – How does free sound? The trick to bike riding is finding the right venue. A park is always nice, or perhaps a cross-town trek. Keep safety in mind (always wear a helmet and travel in safe areas) and then go for it!
- Photography – With the advent of digital photography, once you have the equipment the cost of actually engaging is the electricity cost to charge your battery. The camera itself can take hundreds of thousands of photos and memory cards are reusable.
- Coaching the kids soccer game – It’s always fun to watch junior play a great game of soccer; now imagine how good it would be if they were running the plays YOU taught them!
- Play sports yourself – How about a pickup game of basketball? Head over to the city park and see what you can find!
- Baking bread – Get your creative juices flowing. Bake one of your favorite recipes or try one of ours!
- For the Men: Cinema weekend: Battlestar Galactica, Blood and Chrome. Watch Adama kick some Cylon butt!
- For the Ladies: Cinema weekend: Lucky One. Watch war torn Zac Efron woo Taylor Shilling. Guys, you might want to download Blood and Chrome and watch it in the other room.
- Burgers on the grill – Try my favorite, BUBBA burgers. 4 minutes on each side and you’re done!
- Workout – Go to your local gym, you already have the membership! New York Sports Club, Bally’s Total Fitness or Equinox are all great places to workout, but like most gyms the ratio of those members actually using their membership to those that have a membership is really low. This means that those who pay for their gym membership but never us it are subsidizing the great workout equipment that you use!
- Learn a new language – go to your library and check out Rosetta Stone. Most libraries will have the full suite of CD’s. “Free” is far less than the purchase price of $249.
- Speaking of library – check out your favorite book and catch up on your reading. You’ll also be able to find that book that you ready 20 years ago that you can’t find in the bookstore anymore. My favorite is the chilling story of the American dream turned nightmare, American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates. What is yours?
- Origami – You can actually purchase the best selling book, Easy Origami by John Montroll for $3.95. This leaves $6.00 for paper!
- Explore the cosmos – visit the planetarium. According to Dr. Carl Sagan “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” You may not discover life on Mars, but you certainly can get your imagination flowing.
- Learn how to dance – The best part is that this takes two. Grab your favorite dance partner and ask for help.
- Board game bonanza – Grab your old Monopoly game and invite your favorite four friends over for a three-hour face-off. Great fun.
- Take an online class – Have you ever wanted to fully understand how to use Microsoft Outlook? How about learn how to start a blog (below :)). Many online courses are free and offered by the vendor of products that you already use so that you can use them better.
- Learn a new recipe – This is one of my favorites. Since you need to eat anyway, this is a zero additional cost activity that has a huge upside. I raid my grandmother’s old recipe book and make some of my favorites from yesteryear.
- Get come culture – Go to the museum. Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Warhol and more! At anytime during your weekend if you’re near a big city you can go view hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art, in most cases for less than the cost of a McDonald’s value meal. My favorite is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York City.
- Writing – There is nothing better for straightening out your head than writing out your thoughts. Spend a few hours journaling and you will discover spiritualty and a stronger connection with yourself. You might even be able to solve a few complex problems along the way.
- Get organize – Clutter slows you down, stresses you out and makes you angry. Spend a few hours on the weekend cleaning out your closet, kitchen or other work-area and you will be a lean mean machine!!!
- Facebook – I’m mixed on this one. Facebook can be a fantastic way to connect with friends and loved ones; a great way to research products and ideas and an amazingly impactful way to use your time socially, or it can just be a drag on your time. The trick is knowing how to navigate Facebook. Take a free Facebook e-course as described above.
- Start a blog – Put your opinions out there and start a blog; get involved with your subscribers! Extremely satisfying and very cheap.
- Go to the driving range and buy a bucket o’ balls – work on your accuracy for the real thing that costs so much more!
- Talk – This is soooo old-school but so important in today’s digital age. Reconnect with your brother, sister, mother, father, or friend with whom you have not spoken with in a while and get caught up. They’re only a phone call away.
This list is our top 25, but if you have other ideas about cheap stuff to do on the weekend, please tell us in the reply box below. We want to know what you think!