• Just for Fun

    by Published on 05-02-2010 02:08 AM

    Unless you want to spend all afternoon with bubbles and sidewalk chalk, a lot of adult hobbies are pretty expensive (Might I direct you to the hundreds of dollars I've spent on scrapbooking stuff? ), but it doesn't always have to be that way!

    For the cost of shoes, you can take up running. Well, maybe a good bra would be a worthwhile investment... anyway, for $150 or less, it can be six months or more of passing the hours. At the runner's store, you'll find tons of meetup groups from beginners to triathletes. New friends with the same interests will make it a lot more fun!

    Have a love of music? Blast it out and just dance. If you're serious about learning new moves, youtube is your friend. But if you're like me, you just want to cut loose without the idea that anyone is watching you.

    Do you love poetry? Short stories? How about writing your own! Write a blog- if you've got a great subject matter, people will flock and you never know- you might get some sponsors!

    Teach your old dog some tricks.
    Go for a hike.
    Take a bubble bath.
    Practice new hairstyles.
    Sing really loudly.
    Learn a new skill- knitting, an instrument, cooking something new.
    Head to a new town and window shop.

    When you open yourself up, there's limitless things to do that won't break the bank!
    by Published on 01-10-2010 04:09 AM

    So you're on a budget? So what! Life goes on and it can still be fun. Sure, the fun won't involve endless shopping or mindless purchases but that doesn't mean you have to stay at home all weekend!

    For less than ten dollars, you could treat the family to a picnic in the park and watch the kids play. Better yet, why don't you join in? It's great exercise and you might remember why you loved the swings.

    Grab your sleds and take the kids to a local hill- that's also a great date! Bring a thermos of hot cocoa (homemade, of course!), and that's a memory maker. If you don't have a sled, they can be bought for less than ten dollars. If your bum fits, you can even use a cookie sheet!

    If you like the outdoors, go for a hike. There are wonderful trails in your own town, I'm sure. If you are looking for a bit of adventure to it, you can try geocaching (www.geocaching.com) or letterboxing (www.letterboxing.org).

    Many towns offer free or no cost classes; check your town's website.

    If you have any colleges nearby, they will often have events that are open to the public.

    If you get your fun through entertaining, host a baking party! You'll only need to serve coffee or tea.

    There are many things you can do for fun if you only open your mind- rather than your wallet.