57 cool ways to spend your weekend. The best part is – you will spend no money! From this post, you will learn 57 frugal ideas for a no-spend weekend. You can have a great time while not ruining your budget!
It was 2010 and I worked as a salesman in a big shopping center.
Every weekend was intensive. All of the sudden thousands of people were showing up and asking millions of questions.
I really like helping people out, so speaking with them did not seem to be a problem, yet something was not right.
I noticed that some of them just came to talk… or take a walk… without really having any purpose…
They just came to spend time and money… Not that they needed something…
It seemed like a ritual.
If you tend to spend your weekends in shopping centers this article is just right for you. Believe me, there are thousands better thing to do on the weekend while not spending a dime (or almost nothing).
The challenge for this weekend: do NOT spend any money.
Here are the 57 frugal things to do on a no-spend weekend:
1. Read a book
Reading can be seriously beneficial. You can read some business books to improve your skills or pick up something more relaxing. Whatever you choose you will for sure broaden your thinking.
Try reading the books you already have at home, or find some free e-books on the internet.
If you cannot succeed in finding a valuable free book to read, you can always find millions of positions on Amazon, but remember – it is a non-spend weekend, so try to avoid it.
2. Write a book
I know A LOT of people who always wanted to do this. If you need an inspiration for a productive, or nostalgic weekend, this idea is perfect for you.
Even if you do not plan to publish it anyway, it is still worth doing. Writing can be really rewarding.
3. Write a letter to your parents
They do not expect that, do they?
You have no idea how shocked and happy are they going to be receiving a handwritten letter from their child! Such a small thing can improve your relationship in a way you wouldn’t expect.
4. Learn a new foreign language
Always wanted to visit a country? What about starting with learning their language? Once you get there the locals will be really surprised that you speak their language!
5. Watch courses on Youtube
Youtube can be such a wonderful tool. You can find literally everything there: from fixing your car to preparing a delicious cake.
6. Attend free online courses
There are a couple of online courses platforms out there. The one I have used and can recommend is Coursera. The course I attended was about Competitive Strategy.
What is your choice?
7. Do some voluntary work
It is a great way to give back to the society, but also to meet new people. Definitely worth doing.
8. Go jogging
I really enjoy that! It helps me to reduce stress.
If you would like to start jogging but you are not fit at all, you should still try it! Just please start slowly at an appropriate pace and distance.
9. Learn to backflip
Well, this one is maybe not for everyone, but I always wanted to learn it, so I felt like sharing.
The other reason to put this point on the list is this video:
Every time I try doing something new and fail, I watch this video. It makes me forget about the obstacles and keeps me trying, failing, trying, failing, trying, failing, till I finally succeed.
10. Learn origami
Working with a paper can be fun. Just google it, you will find lots of free instructions how to learn origami.
11. Do a DIY project
You can use your free time to improve your house by finishing some DIY project. I’d recommend YouTube and Pinterest as the perfect sources of inspiration.
12. Swim in a lake.
Especially if you have a view like that:
13. Go for a very long walk
I did it last month. I took me over 6 hours to reach my destination…
It seems to be pretty crazy, but I had some time for myself and I analyzed about million ideas.
I also found a couple of solutions to some problems, so it definitely was a well spend time.
14. Do a picnic with friends and/or family
I found some pretty cool picnic ideas here.
15. Learn to code
You may even end up finding a new job after acquiring a certain level of programming skills and we all know that IT specialists are not only paid well but also have some of the coolest employers, like Google.
16. Write a diary
You might not want to make your thoughts public, but there are worth writing down. This way you can structurize and organize your ideas (I’m doing it at the moment!). I noticed that I’m calmer when I have my ideas written down and crystallized.
17. Write a blog
It might be like a published diary, but it might turn out to be a real business challenge.
If you’d like to see how my blog is doing and what did I learn while blogging, go ahead and check the income report section, where I share not only my profit and expenses but also my progress and things I learn while blogging.
You may also want to know how I increased my traffic by 424% within just 4 weeks!
18. Paint or draw
If you have a need, or/and a passion to do so.
19. Play chess
Playing chess is known to be one of the most intellectual entertainment activities. You should definitely give it a try! (me too…)
Having a hectic lifestyle, or/and a stressful work? Meditating can help you find some peace to be more effective and make the right decisions.
21. Train Yoga
It’s easy to start. All you need is some yoga pants and a yoga mat.
22. Work in garden
What I love about this activity is that it makes you forget about everything. It is just you and your mower. How cool is that? 😉
23. Watch family photos
One of the coolest things to do if you want to reunion your family. You will laugh for sure.
24. Prepare jams
Preparing some food for the future will not only save you some money but can also be fun.
25. Cook something new
Do not get into a rut, try something new and surprise your family.
You will find 120 frugal food ideas here.
26. Fix stuff at home
You have been already waiting for 3 months! Change this bulb finally!
27. Play board games
This can be really entertaining and the time just flies. Sometimes while playing board games I catch myself finding out how late it actually is…
28. Create your own board games
Have you ever got irritated about rules of some board games? Create your own one!
You can even make some serious money from that.
29. Visit a free museum
Spend some time with history and art. It’s relaxing and educating.
30. Walk the dogs
They have been waiting for a long walk for a while.
31. Ride a bike
If you don’t have one, try renting one, or borrow one. It is a no-spend weekend, so buying a bike is the LAST option. (But don’t even think about stealing!)
32. Play video games
It may be really entertaining, don’t forget to invite your friends. However, playing the whole weekend probably is not going to do much good. Don’t forget to take a break and go out.
33. Take some surveys
You can actually make money doing online surveys.
34. Go fishing
Only if you have a patience for fishing (I don’t).
35. Make/update your budget
I highly recommend working with the budgets at least once a month. It’s a minimum. I normally take a look at my budget 2 or 3 times a month.
36. Sell/throw out the stuff you don’t need
You can make some money and you will for sure be relieved after seeing so much free space.
37. Fly a kite
This has to be fun. Haven’t done it yet.
38. Go to a free zoo
Watching a nature can be really inspiring.
39. Visit a library
Another way of finding books to read for free.
40. Rearrange furniture
Especially fun when the others are not at home and do not expect this.
41. Play beach volleyball
Will not only make you fit but also tanned.
42. Read blogs
I never thought I could learn so much by reading blogs.
Here are my Top 3 financial blogs:
43. Go to church
If you are a religious person you can find some time for yourself and for God.
44. Play karaoke
Don’t forget to record it ;).
45. Learn new dancing moves
Surprise your husband.
46. Clean your house
This is probably not the most pleasant thing to do on the weekend, but come on, someday you just have to do it.
47. Clean your car
No automatic car wash here. Don’t forget, it’s a no-spend weekend.
48. Go camping
Pick a beautiful location and enjoy the nature.
49. Learn 30 new facts about your country
You will be surprised how much you can still learn.
50. Go kayaking
Only if you can keep it low-budget.
51. Go Nordic walking
It is a whole body workout! Definitely worth doing.
52. Go Diving
Only if you can do it without equipment (or you already have one). NO-spend weekend, don’t forget.
53. Write a song
Write it, sing it, record it. Let us know in the comment how it was :).
54. Learn to play guitar
You can impress a lot of girls with this skill.
55. Try slacklining
I see a lot of people learning to slackline. It looks fun, just keep it safe.
56. Iron clothes
Some hate it, but I can iron for hours. I recommend listening to audiobooks, podcasts, or watching videos on YouTube while ironing.
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Have you tried any of those ideas? Let me know how it was :).