60 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money

Back in August, I completed a No Spend Month  and am planning a #NoSpendNovember.  One thing that discourages people from this challenge (including myself) is coming up with things to do to entertain themselves and to distract themselves from spending money.  I totally get it, so I put together this list of 60 things that you can do instead of spending money.  I wonder how many we can knock out in a month?!

  1. De-clutter your house.
  2. Attend free music/movies in the park.
  3. Have a picnic.
  4. Get outside for a walk, run, hike, or bike ride.
  5. Go to a park.
  6. Play board/card games.
  7. Learn a new skill. (Check out YouTube!)
  8. Read a book.
  9. Make a new recipe using things you already have on hand.
  10. Play with your kids, nieces/nephews, friends’ kids.
  11. Create a piece of art for your home using only what you have on hand.
  12. Sort, print, and organize photos on your phone and computer.
  13. Build a fire in your fireplace or fire pit.
  14. DIY something using only what you have on hand.
  15. Visit a free museum.
  16. Volunteer your time.
  17. Camp in your backyard.
  18. Go fishing.
  19. Explore your library.
  20. Take pictures.
  21. Make a budget.
  22. Re-design a room using what you have at home. (Use Pinterest for inspiration!)
  23. Make lists. (holiday, meal plans, back-to-school, bucket list, etc.)
  24. Write down your goals.
  25. Work in your garden.
  26. Take a bath.
  27. Host a clothing swap with friends.
  28. Write.
  29. Draw or paint.
  30. Organize your cabinets.
  31. Sit outside and take in your surroundings with a good cup of coffee/tea or glass of wine.
  32. Deep clean your house.
  33. Do the laundry.
  34. Do a puzzle.
  35. Give yourself a mani/pedi.
  36. Iron your clothes.
  37. Take a free online course.
  38. Organize your e-mail and delete the junk.
  39. Stretch/foam roll.
  40. Do some yoga.
  41. Call or visit a friend or relative.
  42. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  43. Organize your personal documents. (tax returns, insurance forms, passport, etc.)
  44. Meditate.
  45. Sit and talk with your spouse, roommate, friend, or child.
  46. Count your blessings and write them down.
  47. Do a free fitness workout.
  48. Go to a book signing or book reading.
  49. Switch up your framed photos.
  50. Clean your fridge.
  51. Organize your closet.
  52. Watch a documentary.
  53. Shop your own closet to pair new things together or hack it up to make something new entirely.
  54. Plan a yard sale.
  55. Do a Pinterest project using things you have on hand.
  56. Do a crossword puzzle.
  57. Blast music and dance around.
  58. Finish a project you’ve been putting off.
  59. Clean your garage.
  60. Listen to a podcast or TedTalk.

Please let me know if you have any ideas to add to the list!



Moly B.

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