10 Ways to have fun without spending money

Wonder what to do when bored and broke? Check out these ways to have fun without spending a dime. Minimalists can make the most out of the most simple activities, and save money for precious experiences like traveling or even start a small business.

We are programmed to believe that to have fun or do something to pass the time; we must spend money, whether it is a large or small amount, if you do not spend money, and won't have a good time is a false belief.

For minimalists spending money to occupy time in things that they are not passionate about is not a realistic option. If they can save money for something that will add more value long term, they will choose free activities instead.

I do several of these activities, and they truly help me keep my mind occupied and away from wasting money on pointless things.

You can do some of these activities alone or find smart and surprising ways to have fun with your friends without spending money. You should give them a try.

1 Exercise

Wonder what to do when you have no money? Exercises will not only keep you occupied but will also improve your physical health and self-esteem.

It also helps reducing stress levels and to clear up the mind, and for the record, you don't need to spend a dime, neither on gym nor expensive home equipment to exercise and be in shape.

For those who love to wake up early, exercising is exciting to do in the morning as you will start your day with a considerable achievement, setting you for a day of success.

You can view many Youtube videos from experienced trainers who do different routines that cover a wide variety of needs. Just grab your sneakers and gym clothes, which you most likely already have. Try this excellent free indoor activity nowadays when people don't want to leave home.

Alternatively, you can also go out for a walk or running, a great way to leave the house.

2 Movie marathon

I do enjoy movies like most people, before minimalism I used to go to the movie theater quite often, and if you've been there you know how expensive it can get, the movie ticket, snacks and drinks add up quickly, and if you go more than once per month, it's an extra budget.

Nowadays, you can do movie marathons of your favorite genre with streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. I have done those marathons with horror and comedy movies. If you don't want to pay for a Netflix subscription, you can always check if your local library rents movies for free or search for free streaming alternatives, this is something to do with your family on the weekend.

3 Discover new authors and books

I personally like books about architecture, interior design, minimalism, decluttering, and finances, if I like a book I will look for something similar or more titles by that author, the best part is nowadays books are digital saving us the physical space. We can take the books with us on our smartphones, tablets, or Kindle readers. Many apps offer free books as well!

Just keep in mind to read one book at a time. Do not let books clutter your life, physically nor digitally.

It's easy to get carried away by buying more books than what we can realistically read, and in the end, we don't read them.

4 Discover new music

Like Netflix, another thing to do when you have no money is streaming music using services like Spotify, Deezer, or Tidal, and you can discover so many new artists and music to switch your current playlist.

Music is the best way to keep you entertained while doing other chores that might seem boring otherwise. Once again, if you don't want to pay, you can use the desktop version, I don't know about Deezer or Tidal, but I use Spotify on my laptop without paying and listen to music I like with some 30 seconds ads in between. Youtube is also an excellent option to find playlists.

5 Clean the house

Now I want to mention some ways to pass your free time in your home while listening to music, even though many consider cleaning a tedious chore, it doesn't have to be, play your favorite music and start cleaning and organizing your home.

One of the significant benefits of minimalism in this area is that since we own less than the regular person, organizing and cleaning is more efficient, as there are fewer surfaces and less stuff to move around.

6 Meal prep

Once again, with the help of music, meal prepping will save you money by doing something productive and saving you money during the week by not buying snacks or fast food on the go.

I have been doing this for over a year now, and I can honestly say I saved plenty of money by cooking in batches and using frozen leftovers to create new meals, besides you are becoming skilled at managing food and surviving with less.

And this is another area where a minimalist is more efficient than an average person, as we have the essential kitchen tools and appliances, we don't waste time searching for things.

7 Create new looks

Take out your clothes from the closet and dresser and start creating new outfits and looks. Please pay special attention to those clothes you don't wear frequently and try to incorporate them.

It's also an excellent way to start creating a capsule wardrobe as you will be aware of what you tend to gravitate towards and learn what no to buy anymore. Wanna have some fun like in the movies? Play some music and make it a fashion show!


Is there anything that interests you? Drawing? Painting? Creating decorative objects or seasonal items? Coloring? Homemade natural skincare products? You can start a bunch of different projects at home right away and even have fun with your kids as they will enjoy crafting.

Use Pinterest to get inspired and find complete tutorials to help you through, DIY projects are not my strong point. Still, I enjoy collecting pins about Fantasy and Disney architecture. Seeing different drawings and paintings keeps me occupied and entertained.

9 Play videogames

You don't have to be good at videogames to play and have fun; there are videogames for everyone; my favorite types are adventure games like Zelda and slow-paced games like Animal Crossing.

And if you think you have to pay a lot to play games, you don't. There are many platforms like Steam or Epic that you can install on your desktop or laptop, and they offer many free demos and even free full games, although not all options might interest you, is nice to know there are free fun alternatives.

Don't know what to do with no money with friends, check out the many free battle royale games like Fortnite and Apex to have fun with your friends.

10 Going out without spending money

You would be surprised at how many free fun weekend ideas and activities are available in your town. The park or the beach can be a fun place to hang out with friends for free, and you can spend your entire morning and afternoon there, play games or relax under the trees, or watching the sea.

If you live in a big city, you can discover fun things to do and be surprised at the amount of different free activities available. What I recommend is searching on google for free activities or free things to do in your city.

This way, I managed to find free art exhibits, movie marathons (usually of non-commercial or classics), and even free courses (I learn to do some origami, which is the Japanese art of folding paper to create figures for free). If you want to spend some money, there are always cheap events to attend with your friends.

One of my weekend activities a couple of years ago was searching for free movie events. It helped me discover non-commercial movies from other countries I would have never known about otherwise.

Now you can start saving for that big dream vacation you always wanted in an easy and fun way!

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