It may be time to give your wallet a couple of days off. How about challenging yourself to find some things to do without spending any money? If you put your imagination to work I am sure you will come up with plenty to keep you busy.
A no-spend weekend is a great way to add a little cushion to your savings account. Take the money you would have spent and add it to your account.
It’s also an easy way to start building your emergency fund don’t let those unexpected bills catch you off guard.
A no-spend weekend may need a little planning, but remember, it’s only two days. You can survive! And you may even surprise yourself with the creative things you’ll find to do with your time.
Things to Do on a No-Spend Weekend
To get you started, here are some ideas for an enjoyable weekend that won’t cost you a dime.
Pack a picnic and take the family to a park
Take a road trip to the beach for an afternoon
Refinish a piece of furniture or try a DIY project you’ve been thinking about.
Enjoy a bike ride
Find a way to volunteer in your community, maybe the food bank or an animal shelter.
Redecorate your living room or bedroom using things you already have.
Play your favorite card or board games with the family
Invite friends over and have a potluck dinner
Try a new recipe you found on Pinterest
Read a new book
Take a trip to your local library for great movies or books you can check out for free
Take an online course, you can find several free ones on Udemy
Start writing a book, you can later sell it on Amazon and make money!
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Go for a hike
Go camping in your backyard
De-clutter – get to those projects you’ve been putting off and clean out your attic, garage, and basement.
Sell your stuff online or have a yard sale and turn it into a money-making weekend!
Create a piece of art, look on Pinterest for some ideas that inspire you
Draw or paint some artwork for your home
Enjoy a free museum exhibit
Find a free music event to attend
Clean out and organize all the photos on your phone, computer and cloud drive
Organize your kitchen and bathroom cabinets
Spend some time creating a budget for the upcoming month and make a plan for reaching your financial goals
Make lists – meal planning for the next month, back-to-school shopping, party planning, things-to-do
Weekend spending can add up. Before you know it, you’ve taken the kids to a movie, bought snacks and gone out to dinner. That’s at least $100 that your savings account would have appreciated. Plan a no-spend weekend soon.