This article discusses activities you can do to entertain yourself for free! Sometimes I found myself heading to the store to spend money just because I am bored. This article may contain affiliate links, for more information please see my disclosure policy.
Have you ever found yourself spending money simply because you are bored and have nothing else to do? I have!
Just yesterday I found myself sitting on the couch, catching up on my Dancing with the Stars, when I saw a commercial for mouth wash. That reminded me, “hey, we’re out of floss” which triggered the “you could go to Target and get floss… and see if they have any cute tops for apple picking this weekend.”
I mindlessly told the dogs to go into their kennels, grabbed my purse, and got in my car. I “woke up” right as I was turning out of the neighborhood. What am I doing? I am really this motivated to go get floss? Since when have I cared so much about dental hygiene?
I realized that I had jumped at any excuse to go do something, even though it meant I might be spending $30+ on new clothes that I neither needed nor would have bought otherwise.
Instead of driving the 10 minutes to Target, I pulled my car into the CVS, ran in, grabbed my $0.99 floss, and hurried back home.
And now it has come full circle, instead of spending money to curb my boredom, I am writing a post about things I could have done that are completely free to occupy my time.
Here are some things to try when you get a case of boredom spending.
Go to the Library
It’s amazing to me how many people have never been to their local library. Next time you are bored, head over to your library. You could grab a few books or movies to take home and enjoy. Or many libraries have free events and clubs you cold join.
Call an Old Friend and Catch Up
I have been the worst with calling and talking to some of my friends from college. I see their posts on Facebook, they see mine; it feels like I know what is going on in their life.
Practically every cell phone plan these days has unlimited minutes, so use them. Next time you don’t know what to do for a little, call up a friend or relative and see what is new in their life.
Play with your Pet
Nothing boosts your mood more than playing with an adorable dog (or cat or hamster or fish or whatever floats your boat). Dig out some long forgotten toys from the bottom of the toy basket and have some fun.
You could also pamper them with a bath, massage, or paw-icure (I couldn’t resist), the best part is, not only is it free, it could also save you money on grooming!
Make a Gift for Someone
The most special gifts are often homemade. Whether it is as simple as a card, or more involved project, I am sure you can find something to make. You can find a million ideas on Pinterest.
This one could end up costing some money in material, but challenge yourself to make something with just the stuff you have in your house, like these cool coffee filter flowers
Take Online Surveys
Instead of spending money, try making some! Online surveys are a great way to fill time when you a couple extra minutes you don’t know what else to do with.
Cook a Meal
No matter if it is meal time or not, you can always cook a meal. I used to always find my Sunday afternoons seemed to drag. Now I meal prep my lunches to pass the time quicker. Not only am I saving money on something to do, but I am also saving money by packing my lunch!
This can also save you money if you are bored on a weeknight. It can be tempting to go out to eat to escape your house, but try cooking at home.
Learn a New Skill
There are tons of free ways to learn really cool skills. You could use DuoLingo to learn a new language, you could watch YouTube videos to learn how to tie knots, or you could even ask your neighbor, Steve, to teach you how to perfectly edge your lawn along your driveway, the possibilities are endless. (Hi Steve!)
Another one with endless possibilities. Volunteering is not only free, but it also helps other people! You could go to your local food bank, a women’s shelter, an animal rescue, a school, a park, etc and start helping people. It feels good to give back to your community!
Find a Free Event
There are so many free events happening in your community, go check one out. In both small towns and large cities there are always free events going on. Maybe there is a local farmers market or free concert in park. Facebook events and google are great places to check for local happenings.
Organize Your Home
A great way to pass the time is organizing your home. Maybe your closet needs some love, or paperwork has piled up in stacks on your desk. Organizing not only gives you something to do, it also can give you deep inner peace of living in a clean space.
Bonus: you can save a little tax money by taking your clutter and donating it to a non-profit!
Whether it is your personal journal, a thoughtful comment on a blog post, or maybe a short story, writing is a great way to occupy your mind for free. There are so many benefits to writing, and the best part is that you have everything you need to do it in your house
I have found it really beneficial to write for the blog when I am bored. I feel productive and creative at the same time.
Go for a Walk or Exercise
Getting up and moving is a great way to shake your boredom. Take a walk out around the block to take in some fresh air. Or check out some free workout videos on Youtube to get a great workout in your living room.
Watch a Movie
If you have cable, Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, etc why not check out a new movie. I know sometimes I have trouble finding something that looks interesting but I have had a lot of success doing a quick internet search to see what people are recommending for the videos I haven’t heard of.
If you don’t have any of these services (or friends that will let you steal their login info) you can check Youtube for many free movies and documentaries.
Leave a comment telling me what no-spend activity you do when you are bored.
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