The following is a guest post from Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, where she writes about finding the balance between paying your bills, saving for your future, and budgeting in the fun stuff along the way.
I am a big believer that life is better with some fun thrown in on a regular basis. It helps make up for all of the anti-fun we have to deal with every day. I also think that anybody can budget in some fun stuff in their lives even if they think it would be too expensive. First, we can all come up with free entertainment ideas. Second, even if the hobby or activity you really want to pursue costs money, you can prioritize your spending and fit it in.
Free Fun Stuff
Here are just a few ideas of some free fun we can all have:
- Read a Book. I am a HUGE fan of my local library since my audio book habit would be truly expensive without them.
- Have a movie night with friends at home. My friends and I get together every month or so to heckle movies. Good movies are great, but bad movies can be even better, lol.
- Have a board game night. If you or a friend own a board game, there is 2 or more hours of fun right there.
- Use Your Gaming System. If you or a friend own a video game system, dust it off and have at it! Remember though, if you or a friend don’t already own a system, this is not free. I know that seems obvious, but it’s good to keep in mind.
- Have a Sleepover. I’m not sure if this is just a girl thing or not, but I LOVE sleepovers. I am 28 years old and most of my friends are in their 40′s, but we still have a great time talking, watching movies, and even playing midnight hide-and-seek. Sometimes you just have to embrace your inner child.
Budgeting in the Not Free Fun Stuff
Does the activity of your choice cost money? That’s okay too. You may not be able to do much about your fixed expenses like housing right this second, but take a look at your variable spending. Do you really need to spend as much as you do on restaurants, fast food, groceries, or habits like soda, smoking, or any other daily splurge? Most of us have something in the budget that can be cut in place of a hobby we would enjoy. My husband and I purposefully bought a very affordable home so we could also afford the hobbies we enjoy.
So whether the fun things you’d like in your life are free or cost a pretty penny, a little imagination or prioritization can make a place for it in your life.
What sort of fun stuff do you enjoy? What other free activities can you think of to help us all out?
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