101 Dirt Cheap Ways to Enjoy Yourself

Friday, July 25, 2008
Sometimes we just need to kick back and enjoy ourselves. This list only skims the surface… the possibilities are endless.

1. Check out a book from the library and read the afternoon away.
2. Break out the old mix-tapes and mix-CDs of yesteryear… soak up the memories and sing your heart out.
3. Picnic in secluded areas.
4. Bake and eat homemade cookies.
5. Start a blog.
6. Hike outdoors and explore Mother Nature.
7. Head downtown with a friend and two digital cameras. Shoot as many funny and interesting photos as you can. Then go home and sort through them all.
8. Find old stuff in your attic, put it up on eBay and watch the bids role in.
9. Play old-school board games like Monopoly and Scrabble.
10. Read interesting articles online… Reddit, StumbleUpon, Digg, Metafilter, etc.
11. Brew a fresh pot of coffee (or tea) and share it with someone over an interesting conversation.
12. Take a candlelight bubble bath.
13. Learn to play guitar (or any musical instrument) online.
14. Go swimming.
15. Crank up the tunes, break out the Wii and invite some friends over.
16. Fly a kite.
17. Research and discover new bands and musicians similar to the music you already like.
18. Stargaze.
19. Re-watch a great movie you haven’t seen in years.
20. Host a long night of $10 Texas Hold’em Poker with 9 of your friends. Make sure you understand poker odds.
21. Learn to play other card games too… especially Spades!
22. Find and pick beautiful wild flowers.
23. Test-drive a really expensive car.
24. Drink cheap beer and share funny stories with your friends.
25. Fire up the backyard BBQ.
26. Browse around thrift stores.
27. Take a moonlight stroll holding hands with someone you love.
28. Make a pizza pie from scratch.
29. Craft some artwork.
30. Write poetry.
31. Eat fresh strawberries sprinkled with sugar.
32. Go camping.
33. Take an easy, breezy bike ride.
34. People-watch in high traffic areas.
35. Build a backyard bonfire and roast marshmallows.
36. Feed small wild animals… like geese, squirrels, etc.
37. Rent 3+ funny movies and host a funny movie marathon.
38. Happy Hour! …but only if it’s a really good deal.
39. Hit up local carnivals, zoos, museums and weekend festivals.
40. Prepare a big ice cream sundae or a banana slit and share it with someone special.
41. Massage her feet if she promises to massage yours. ;-)
42. Share an interesting, true story with someone.
43. Go canoeing or kayaking (if you can find a local establishment with cheap rentals).
44. Sit lakeside and skip rocks across the water.
45. Watch the sunrise and sunset.
46. Organize a sports game with your friends. Touch football, anyone?
47. Tailgate and attend a local college sporting event.
48. Learn cool magic tricks online.
49. Master a new simple skill you’ve been meaning to learn.
50. Go bowling on discount bowling night.
51. Dance.
52. Create and maintain a square foot garden.
53. Watch old home movies or look through old photo albums.
54. Create a digital video highlight reel of all your favorite digital photos and video clips.
55. Go fishing.
56. Visit model homes to get simple DIY decorating ideas.
57. Play Catch Phrase or Charades.
58. Spend a day surfing or boogie-boarding… if you live near the coast.
59. Host a water-gun war with water-balloon grenades.
60. Remember, really long Slip ‘N Slides never get old… especially when they end in a pool of water.
61. Pick fresh fruits and veggies at a local pick-your-own fruit / vegetable farm.
62. Try letter-boxing or geocaching.
63. Dream an afternoon away in your cozy bed.
64. Host a paper airplane distance competition.
65. Learn new jokes online and share them with friends and family.
66. Go rollerblading.
67. Get to a peaceful, scenic location and stare off into the distance.
68. Hit the magazine rack at the local book store (just don’t buy any).
69. Hmm… #69. Umm… Sex? ;-)
70. Host a wine tasting party where everyone brings a cheap bottle of wine.
71. Challenge someone to an exercise competition. Choose 10 simple exercises and see who can go the distance.
72. YouTube
73. Take on a small DIY woodworking project and build something.
74. Play Twister.
75. Call an old friend and catch up on things. Use your night and weekend minutes.
76. Climb up a large oak tree, hang out and think (not too high).
77. Host an outdoor egg toss competition.
78. Learn to juggle.
79. Explore a local college campus.
80. Plan your next vacation.
81. Look at the current ingredients in your cupboard, find some recipes online and cook a feast (or something simple) you’ve never made before.
82. Karaoke anyone?
83. Attend a local college Improv comedy show.
84. Put together a framed photo collage.
85. Give a cat some catnip.
86. Wink at complete strangers in a busy public setting.
87. Play with puppies at the local pet store.
88. Give people unexpected compliments and watch them smile.
89. Make a rope and tire swing.
90. Go sledding or play in the snow.
91. Clean the bed sheets, make the bed, and snuggle into the freshness.
92. Relax outdoors on a sunny day.
93. Reminisce about old times with your closest friends.
94. Take a short jog and a long relaxing shower.
95. Stretch.
96. Watch children play.
97. Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
98. Give someone you love a long hug.
99. Cuddle with your partner.
100. Pillow fight!
101. Make your own list…


Anonymous | 11:33 PM said...

To whomever put this list together - brilliant - I would never have thought of half those things.


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