37 Free Things To Do Instead of Spending Money

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Free family friendly things to do are sometimes hard to find. During my No Spend Challenge, I am attempting to come up with multiple things that make not spending money easier. Do you have a favorite that isn't on this list?



I have officially started my No Spend Month and free things have become my best friend! It is already a little harder than I expected, but I know it will be great!  It definitely requires more organization and planning than I am used to! Especially working two jobs some days, I diligently pack the night before to make sure I have the things that I need for the entire day. I know that I am working most of the month, so I will not have a whole lot of time to be bored, but if you are completing a No Spend Month (Or even just a weekend!) there are a ton of great things to do with your time. During a No Spend Time, you don’t have to sit and be miserable!

I encourage you to do things that you don’t get to do very often and make the most of you time! Don’t sit around thinking about the things you could be doing if you were spending money! The more you find to do that is fun, the less you will think about spending money!

Free Things Inside the Home

  1. Read a book
  2. Watch DVD’s that you already own
  3. Take a bubble bath
  4. Finish a project that you’ve started
  5. Clean something in your house (closet, deep clean bathroom)
  6. Pinterest for ideas for home decor, Do It Yourself, or Saving money
  7. Look through old photographs
  8. Call a family member you haven’t talked to in a while
  9. Write something.
  10. Make something from ingredients in your kitchen
  11. Look on the internet for extra jobs (mowing/scooping snow)
  12. Take a well deserved nap
  13. Play dress up with clothes from your closet
  14. Enjoy a cup of coffee/tea made at home
  15. Write down your top 5 financial goals and why
  16. Make a list of things you are thankful for
  17. Plan out the week ahead of you
  18. Declutter your computer files
  19. E-mail Purge
  20. Find some YouTube “How To Videos”
  21. Ted Talks
  22. Pull out the board games
  23. Sit outside and enjoy relaxing
  24. Have a garage sale
  25. Start an online scrapbook
  26. Work on a puzzle
  27. Camp in your own backyard

Free Things Outside the Home

  1. See if your town has any free museums
  2. Go on a Walk
  3. Volunteer somewhere
  4. Go to the Gym
  5. Find a community calendar
  6. Visit a friend/family member
  7. Swing on the swings at the park
  8. Take some fun photos around your town
  9. Learn to use your camera
  10. Pick up some extra hours at work


My goal is to do at least five of these items this month as I embark on my No Spend Month. I regularly go to the gym and take hot bubble baths. I spend way too much time on Pinterest, but I am excited to see what else I can accomplish this month!

What are your favorite things to do that don’t cost any money? I would love to add to this list!

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