I’ve never been a super outdoorsy person, until recently. Having fun does not automatically have to mean spending a lot of money. And sadly enough, this is something that I have just recently come to terms with.
My life has changed so much in the past year, and with it comes the activities that I used to enjoy, versus the activities that I enjoy now. Before, I feel like all I did was shop. Ah, I have no idea how I found that fun to do every single day.
Having fun by doing things frugally does not mean that you have to hate your life. Lets please not confuse frugal with cheap. I will not just stay inside and look at a blank wall 24 hours a day just to save money. There are so many things that you can do out there that don’t require much money.
Today’s post will be all about the many frugal and low-cost activities that you can do. I also have a post dedicated to the many fun and frugal things to do in St. Louis that I have been working on. Hopefully I can crank that one out before FinCon!
Kayaking does not have to be a lot of money. At many parks, you are able to rent a kayak for maybe $10 a day. And if you already have your own, then it is free. You can look for a great deal, or score a used one on sites such as Craigslist.
Something that I am always ashamed to admit is that I have never been camping. Yes, I just said that, and yes you read that correctly. Camping in the beginning might be expensive because you have to acquire everything, but after everything is bought, it then becomes very cheap to go camping. Much cheaper than going to a hotel.
I’m going to guess that there is at least somewhere around where you live where you can go for a hike. There is a park right up the street for us where we can go for a hike and it’s great!
One place that we would like to visit more is W’s family property. They have tons of acres and miles of land to explore full of creeks, cliffs and everything else. It is so pretty, and I regret not bringing the dogs there more.
Yes, a bike might cost you money in the beginning, and in some cases it might cost you a lot of money. However, I do believe that the cost pays off because usually it will be a one-time cost, unless you go through bikes like crazy (lets hope not!).
We have been going for bike rides a lot lately, and it’s been a lot of fun. I really wish that there was a way for us to get to the Katy Trail without having to get into our Jeep (there is a river that separates us from the trail, and only cars can realistically go on the overpass since it is a highway), but it is still fun.
There are so many festivals happening every single month. St. Louis also has many free concerts during the summer with big headliners (past Fair St. Louis music includes: Maroon 5, Steve Miller Band, Nelly, The Offspring, Third Eye Blind, and much more – and all for absolutely FREE) that I happen to miss all of the time.
The botanical garden almost always has something fun also. I always miss the annual air balloon show also. I would like to start doing all of these things!
I haven’t been to the library in a very long time. I would like to start spending at least some of my days diving into everything. Learning and reading new things, and for free? Deal!
Today’s post is by my awesome staff writer Jordann. Enjoy!
I think we can all agree that being financially responsible is important, but is it the only thing we should be concerned about?
Myself, I don’t think so. I’m big on being keeping my financial house in order, but I think that’s second only to staying healthy. Without my health, no amount of money in the world will make me feel good. There are plenty of cheap ways to stay healthy.
That said, I don’t think that the two are mutually exclusive. Some people complain that they can’t get enough exercise without going to the gym, or that vegetables and healthy eating is too expensive, so it’s hard to be healthy on a budget.
To that I say, bull.
I’ve been living on only 45% of my income for the past year, and I can say that with the exception of extreme case (there are always exceptions) it’s entirely possible to be both healthy and frugal. Here are a few ways I manage to stay healthy on a budget.
You don’t need fancy shoes, you don’t need expensive workout gear, all you need is your own two feet, those old sneakers that have been lurking in the back of your closet, and a little bit of courage. Running is a great free activity that can be done pretty much everywhere.
You don’t need to have a home gym, so stop with the excuses. Also, pro hint: Don’t let being embarrassed or thinking that you’re going to look like an idiot stop you. Your fellow runners are just happy to see you even trying, and you are already way ahead of everyone else who isn’t running.
Unless you are taking pizza pockets to work, odds are that the lunch you pack will be healthier than the fast food options available to you on your lunch break.
I typically make extra portions of meals the night before, and bring them with me the next day. It’s healthy, and vastly cheaper than buying your lunch every day.
I know this is an unpopular topic, but you can’t eat like crap if you don’t buy like crap. Cut out the ice cream, chips, cookies, pop and anything else that is processed.
You probably don’t need it, in fact, you probably don’t even need to replace it with something healthy, because if you’re anything like me, you consume far too many calories in a day anyway. This will definitely lower your grocery bill and make you healthier. I’m pretty good with this one, but I still have my once a week chip indulgence.
This one I can’t make much use of, because I live in the middle of nowhere and the nearest town is 8km away. BUT, if you live in the city, where walking places is actually an option, I highly recommend using your own two feet to get you places! It’ll make you more fit and save you money on buses, trains and gas.
The majority of the population in North America is unhealthy. In fact, 2/3 of the American population is considered overweight! Yes it can be expensive to live a healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be.
The trade off is that instead of costing a lot of money, being healthy costs a lot of effort. It can be done though, especially if you follow some of these simple, healthy and cheap ways to stay fit.
As I’m typing this, I’ve just returned from a lovely half hour walk/run with my dog Molly. It’s currently 17C (62F) outside and sunny – which, in Canada, means Spring is here!
Now that Spring has arrived, all I want to do is spend time outside, working on the yard, walking, and soaking up some vitamin D.
This is great news for my wallet, since most of the things I’m planning on doing are free – and a healthy form of exercise. Here are some great ways to spend time outside this Spring.
This might not be the MOST fun activity, but it’s definitely free, and it’s definitely a workout. A moderate sized yard requires at least a few hours of preparation in the Spring time, so why not do it yourself? You’ll save money, get some fresh air, and burn a few calories, what’s not to like about that scenario?
I love walking and running in my neighbourhood. My dog Molly needs the exercise, otherwise she becomes excitable, and I need the exercise, otherwise I’m not going to fit into my wedding dress this summer. Spending time outside and going for a stroll in your neighbourhood is a great way to get some free exercise. As a bonus, it’ll help you become more connected to your community, and spend less time vegging in front of the couch.
I really want to get my hands on a bike this summer, so my dog Molly and I can cover a bit more ground and explore a little more! Of course, that wouldn’t be the most frugal purchase, so I’ll probably put it off until I’m debt free.
Another favourite activity of mine is hiking. The closest national park is about a 40 minute drive from my house, but it’s worth the trip for an afternoon of walking on the beach and exploring trails. The admission fee is reasonable, and if I pack a small BBQ and cooler full of food, it’s the only expense associated with this cheap outing that can entertain me for hours.
I was terrible at kite flying as a kid, it probably had something to do with my short legs and terrible coordination. Now that I’m a little older, my coordination is still awful, but my kite flying skills have improved. Kite flying is a fun and cheap way to get outside, with the cheapest kites costing only a couple of bucks. Kites can typically be flown anywhere, but you’re safest if you find an open field or park area.
Yes, eating out on a restaurant patio is just about the most enjoyable activity I can think of, but that’s not always possible with my tight budget. The cheaper alternative is to have a picnic in a local park. By bringing your own food, you can enjoy the beautiful sun without having to break the bank. Get your exercise by walking to the location instead of driving.
It’s so easy to hunker down into the warmth of a cozy house when the weather outside is terrible. Now that the sun is shining and the grass is green again, it’s time to take advantage of the great outdoors for some cheap, healthy entertainment!