10 Things to Do Today Instead of Spending Money

You don’t have to spend money to spend time. Although not turning to your wallet for a single day might not seem like much of a challenge, we often find ourselves spending more money than we intend to, without even realizing it. On those days away from the office, we spend cash on everything from gas for your car, to lunch, coffee, and more.

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy some free time, without breaking into your savings, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll look at ten simple things that you can do today, that shouldn’t cost you a single penny.

1. Borrow a Book or Movie

Why not borrow your entertainment from somewhere else? If you’ve read all the books in your own personal library about a thousand times, and you know the words to your favorite movies by heart, then check out what your friends and family members have. Chances are that they’ll be willing to let you borrow something if you give it back in good condition. If not, there’s always your local library.

2. Visit Someone You Love

Instead of filling the car up with gas to drive on an adventure out of town, try doing something a little more meaningful with your day and going to visit someone you love. It’s up to you whether it’s a friend or family member – or even someone you haven’t seen for months. Bonus points if you can walk to their destination instead of driving.

3. Check Out your Community

There could be plenty of local attractions to see in your community that you haven’t even looked at yet. Pick up a newspaper and see if anything’s been announced in your general area, or keep an eye out for messages on social media. If anything is free – like a movie screening in the park, for instance – gather your friends and take advantage.

4. Make Something You Usually Buy


Rather than heading to the coffee shop to buy your daily cup of Joe, try making coffee at home. On the other hand, you could try making your own granola at home, instead of buying it in boxes. There are plenty of videos online that show you how to craft popular things out of household objects without spending any more money.

5. Learn Something New

Speaking of the wonders of the online world, why not expand your education while you’re hanging out online? Check out a video on YouTube that could teach you a new skill, or read some free eBooks and articles that tell you how to make the most out of common talents and skills. You might find that you end up with a new hobby.

6. Have a Conversation

This sounds like a basic way to spend your day, but think carefully about the last time you actually sat down and really spoke with someone. Most of the time, we’re so busy focusing on things like work and technology, that we don’t have any spare moments to enjoy the comfort and simplicity of conversation.

7. Cut Down on the Clutter

When you’re trying not to spend money, there’s no better time to go through your old belongings in your home and find the things that you can live without. The no-buy mantra will already have you in the perfect mindset for cutting back on non-essentials, and you’ll be able to spend your time doing something productive too!

8. Have a Yard Sale

Once you’ve finished going through all that clutter, why not try passing it on to some neighbors? A yard sale can be a great way to get rid of some of the perfectly good items that you don’t need or want anymore. Not only will this get some of the extra clutter from your home out of your hair, but it could also mean that you end up with more cash in your pocket too!

9. Spend more Time Outside


Rather than relying on your car to get you everywhere you need to go, why not head outside and enjoy the wonders of nature for a little while? Go for a walk with your friends, or hang out on the porch for a while with a cup of coffee and watch the world go by. Take a picnic to your local park and enjoy a romantic day with your partner. The fresh air will do wonders for you, particularly, if you’re usually cooped up for most of the day.

10. Savor the Simple Things

Finally, take time to enjoy life’s little pleasures. The perfect cup of coffee, or the chance to get lost in a good book. Even listening to your favorite music could be a great way to spend some of your free time. A lot of the time, we spend so much time doing what we’re supposed to do, that we don’t get the chance to enjoy the things we really love.

6 thoughts on “10 Things to Do Today Instead of Spending Money

  • September 28, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Nice list! My little hurdle is wanting to get out and explore. After exhausting the free things we sometimes will go get that cup of coffee or meal at a restaurant.

    I’ve also been attempting to improve our surroundings. Upgrading your living environment goes a long way – just gotta be careful not to go overboard (hot tubs for example.)
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    • October 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I hear ya! Our spending on restaurants and movies is a little higher than I’d like, probably from the same thing that you’re describing. WHAT?! You can never have too many hot tubs, right? Ha!

  • September 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the reminders:) #10 is my favorite, I just started focusing on it a little more, I have been forgetting to appreciate the little things.
    I would add #11 to your list: Blogging, you can even do it outside.

    • October 2, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Well said! Blogging has taken up a lot of my time since I started, so I’m certainly less likely to get bored and feel the urge to go to the movie theater or something like that. It’s also a good exercise for thinking about whatever your subject matter is.

  • September 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I like #9, spend more time outside. I don’t do this enough, but every time I do, it helps to reduce stress and helps to reflect on life. Good list!

    • October 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks, PM! I feel the same way – I love being outside, but sometimes I just don’t do it enough. In college there were entire Sundays that I spent entirely inside due to homework. I hate that.


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