5 Cheap Or Free Things To Do This Summer (Part 4)Posted: 27th of July 2015 by
With the (hopefully) hazy days of August just around the corner, there should be plenty of things to keep you occupied - whether that is a summer BBQ, a walk in the sunshine, or just hanging out and doing some shopping with friends. However, going out and enjoying the day has an amazing ability to eat into your funds. Even if you are working over the summer months, it can be tricky to make sure you don’t run out of cash, while not getting bored either! So, once again, here are a few ideas for inexpensive of even free things you can do to occupy your time this week:
- Catch Up With Old Friends Or Family
This is particularly good if you are finding that it is tough to find things to talk about with your regular group of friends. Trawl through your contacts and search for the names of those people you haven’t connected with in a while. Maybe you haven’t seen them in years so, if nothing else, there will be plenty to talk about! Reconnecting to old friends can help refresh your social circle too, as you may meet other new people that they know. Alternatively, why not go and visit a grandparent or other family member that you may not have seen in a while? What you arrange depends on you and the person you are meeting up with, but some cups of tea and a chat at home can be the perfect way to while away an afternoon, and it doesn’t cost a lot!
- Write A Diary
When was the last time you kept a diary? Start writing down what has happened during the day as well as your thoughts and ideas in a journal. Between friends, family, and work or study there is probably quite a lot going on in your life right now. Writing things down can help you work through problems or have ideas, while also creating a record of your life that you can look back on in years to come. You don’t need to buy an expensive book to write in (although you can if you want), and it will give you something to do each day – why wait until New Year’s?
- Be A Photographer
You don’t need loads of expensive equipment to enjoy some photography during the summertime. The weather is nice so it is good to be outdoors enjoying it, and photography can give you something to do while you are out. Just use the camera on your phone to take some pictures, which you can always share with friends later. Look for things you may not have seen before where you live (try looking up at building tops rather than just at the shop windows!), or head out into nature and see if you can get a great picture that way. Walking around to find things to capture can also be great exercise, and needn’t cost anything (you could even take a drink or something to eat with you!).
- Win Something
There are loads of online competitions and give-aways that you can enter. Search online for competitions or even google something you would like and see if you can find a competition to win it! Your chances of winning may not be great, but if you enter enough competitions you are likely to win something at some point! You could even win things that you may not want much yourself, but could give away to a little brother or sister, for example. Of course, if you do win something you have the excitement of waiting for it to arrive in the post – and everybody loves getting something nice delivered – especially when it’s free!
- Improve Your Brain
While you can exercise to keep your body fit and healthy, people don’t tend to think about improving their minds in the same way. So why not learn something new? Find a book, take a course, or look for TV programmes about something that interests you. The difference between learning like this in your own time and studying at school or college is that you can do it when you want, and learn about the things that you want to. Perhaps you could research another culture for that dream holiday, learn a new skill like painting, or just read about a topic that interests you. Looking online, heading to the library, and looking for TV programmes and podcasts about something won’t cost you much (if anything), and is a good way to improve yourself and occupy your time too.
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