Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How To: FREE Or Almost FREE Entertainment

These days money can be tight or maybe you are just trying to cut down to save for a rainy day (or the apocalypse). My wife and I are slowly trying to pay off what little debt we have and have found many ways to entertain ourselves for free or almost free. Below is a list broken down by what the activity is and if there is any expense involved or not (read FREE).

Trip to Barnes and Noble (Books A Million, etc) FREE - My wife and I have been doing this since we were dating. We go to the bookstore and peruse. I usually pick up a few books and magazines and curl up on one their couches or chairs and spend the day reading...for free! No one has ever said a word to me and I have actually read entire books doing this. Mostly I skim through a bunch of books looking for ones I may actually purchase in the future. Once in a while I buy an overpriced coffee...but for the most part I don't spend a dime.

Fishing LOW COST - I pay for the most basic license in South Carolina which I think costs a whopping $12. I fish as much as I can...I have had the same fishing gear for years, some of it passed down from my dad so I have very little invested in it. The enjoyment and relaxation I get out of fishing is immense and it is a great activity for the whole family as well. In most states there is no cost for a child under 12 or 13 years old to fish as no license is required. If you don't fish, you should...you don't have to keep the fish you catch, you can "catch and release" if you are that type of person.

Picnicking FREE - This is fun and relaxing as well. You have to eat, right? Why not grab your family and a cooler and do it in the park? While you're there toss a frisbee or play catch or even fly a kite! This is a great bonding experience and a cheap way to get out of the house.

Go to the movies LOW COST - Now before you start freaking out...my wife and I go to the movies during matinee hours on the weekend. We have a theater near us that charges $2.75 for the matinee so it is a grand total of $5.50 for me and the wife to see a movie. We smuggle in soda and candy so it is a great afternoon out of the house and we get to see a great flick in the process.

Go RV window shopping FREE (Geared toward us survivalist types) - Me and the wife do this every once in awhile. We go to the Camping World near us and walk around and check out all the RV's, travel trailers and 5th wheels. It is fun to dream and it is really great to check out stuff if you are interested in purchasing something in the future.

Camping LOW COST - It is no secret I am a big fan of camping it is a cheap way to get the family outdoors for some great fun. It is a way to get closer to nature and even brush up on some of those survival skills that are so important. Camping is relaxing and nothing is better than sitting around the camp fire at night sipping on your beverage of choice laughing and having a good time.

Library FREE - This is a no brainer, if you are not taking advantage of what your local library has to offer than you are wasting a great resource. Libraries aren't just about books, they have videos, magazines, computers and some even offer classes and workshops to their patrons. Go and get yourself a library card and take advantage of this valuable free resource (as long as you return your books on time!)

Volunteer FREE - Volunteer for your favorite charity or cause and not only make a difference but gain valuable experience and personal fulfillment!

...that is all.

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