About a year ago, I offered up the idea of themoney-free weekend:For the last few months, my wife and I have been doing something every other weekend or sothat we call a “money free” weekend, in an effort to live more frugally. It’s actually quite fun -here’s how we do it.
We are not allowed to spend any money on anything, no matter what.
In other words, wecan’t make a run to the store to buy food, we can’t spend money on any sort of entertainment,and so on. Since we often do our grocery shopping on Saturdays, on a “money free” weekend,we delay it to Monday or Tuesday.
We can use our utilities, but no extra expenses on these utilities.
No renting movies on cable,no text messages that aren’t already covered by our cell phone plan, and so on.I followed this up with fifteen things to do during such a weekend,fifteen more things to do,and
fifteen deeply fulfilling things to doduring such a weekend.Since then, lots of people have sent me ideas for activities for money-free weekends, plus we’veuncovered a bunch of our own. At the same time, many readers have asked for a master list of allof these ideas.So, here we go - one hundred fun ways to spend a money free weekend. The list below includesthe first forty-five (with duplicates removed), plus about sixty new ones. Print this off and use itas a checklist or a thumbnail guide for your own money-free weekend. Please note that
everyone’s interests are different
- you probably won’t find everything on this list fun andneither will someone else, but the two lists won’t overlap (I can think of countless things other people find fun that I find utterly dreadful). Anyway, here goes!
1. Check out the community calendar.
Look at your town’s website (as well as those of citiesand towns nearby) or stop by city hall to find a list of events going on in the community, many of which are free. You’ll often be surprised at how many interesting (and free) activities are goingon
in your area.
2. Visit your community library.
Not only is a library a warehouse of books, most libraries alsohave extensive CD and DVD collections you can check out. Many libraries also have “storytime” for young children, film nights, book clubs, and many other events that you may beunaware of - completely for free. Stop in and check out what they have to offer.
3. Get involved in community sports.
Many towns have community sports fields where bothyouth and adult sports leagues and activities are regularly going on throughout the weekend.Stop by, watch a game or two, and if something intrigues you, look into joining either as a participant or as a volunteer.
4. Get your financial papers in order.
This may not sound like a fun activity up front, but the peace of mind it gives you will make your life a lot more relaxing. Spend an hour or twoorganizing all of your statements and other financial documents. This is a perfect time tostart