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Dealing with Money: Fun don't cost a thing

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by C., Dimespring 30 (@dealwithmoney)

Some of the most enjoyable things in life can be free. In these difficult economic times, people are looking for ways to have fun without spending money. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Visit your local library

Maybe it sounds trite, but finding good books to read is enjoyable — and can be free. The library is a resource, and one that everyone should take advantage of. As an added bonus, if you're unable to pay for high-speed internet at home, many libraries have internet-connected computers available for patrons. Reading can be a completely free way to pass the time. Additionally, escaping into a good book is a great way to get away from the stresses of day-to-day life.

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Go for a walk and enjoy the scenery

Going out for a walk doesn't cost any money, and it can be very enjoyable. Often life feels too hectic and fast-paced. A nice relaxing walk is a good change of speed. Plus, exercise!

Find free concerts of local musicians in your area

If you live in a city, you may be able to find local artists and concerts that don't charge anything. Enjoy good music and feel good about the fact that you didn't have to pay to listen to it. Show support for up-and-coming musicians who want to be heard. In my opinion, that's a lot more rewarding than paying $600 for tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. Who's with me?

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Spend a day at the beach

This one is a bit painful for me to write, since I'm not anywhere near the ocean, and it's November and therefore cold, but for those fortunate enough to live in nice climates, or for when summer rolls around, going to the beach is nature's free entertainment. Being near the ocean is very relaxing, and laying in the sun and sand can make life's little inconveniences fade away. If you're near the ocean, get away from it all and head to the beach.

Volunteer

Helping out your community can be fun and can make you feel good about yourself and helping others. It also helps put life into perspective. No matter how dire your financial situation seems, many have it worse than you. Volunteering doesn't cost you anything — except your time. Consider doing a good thing for yourself and others; get out there and volunteer — at an animal shelter, soup kitchen or local charity.

Having fun doesn't have to cost money. Hopefully these few ideas can get you thinking about other ways to enjoy your time without emptying your bank account.
 

How do you have fun for free? 

 

C is a 28-year-old college graduate with an interest in personal finance. When she graduated in December 2010 with nearly $42,000 in college debt and no job prospects, she knew it was time to change the way she thought about money. She is currently figuring out a way to pay back what she owes and build a more stable financial future. C is a member of the Dimespring 30, a community of bloggers sharing their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on personal finance.