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How To Live Big On Any Budget

March 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Budgeting

by Kristy Welsh

(Last Updated On: February 26, 2018)

How To Live Big On Any BudgetIt’s not money that makes for a good time, but the experiences money buys. Fortunately, not all experiences are for sale, and there are plenty to be had at only a nominal price.¬†Want to live big on any budget?

Embrace your inner artist.

The sky is the limit when the creative juices are flowing. Whatever you can imagine is what you can create. Paint, draw, sculpt, collage, write, dance, sing.

Frequent the farmers market.

What you go home with always seems to matter less than the colors, aromas, taste tests, and conversations you experience at a farmers market, dependably one of the most dynamic of places in any city or town.

Listen to music in the park.

Take a look at your city’s Parks and Recreation Department calendar. Chances are they have free music nights under the stars.

Go to museums.

Exhibits change all the time. Plus, chances are you haven’t seen everything in the permanent collection. And even if you have, who cares? Go again and really soak it in!

Stock up at the library.

When you’re feeling the urge to spend, break out the plastic that lets you take home books and DVDs for free! Borrowed, yes, but every time you return them, you can walk out the door with a whole new batch.

Take long, hot baths.

This is hands-down one of the best ways to treat yourself like royalty. It’s also a good place to invest a little in supplies. Nothing fancy. Epsom salts and lavendar essential oil wil do.

Sleep in.

Once a week, give yourself permission to sleep in. Work, kids, and other commitment can make this one tough, but you can (and should) make it happen. Even waking up a half hour later than usual feels good.

Eat breakfast in bed.

Whether it’s a stack of pancakes, a bowl of cereal, or a cup of coffee, breakfast in bed is the best way to spend a lazy morning.

Pack lunch for a picnic.

You don’t need fancy “picnic foods” to eat lunch in the park. Wrap up some sandwiches, cut up some veggies, grab some water bottles, throw in a blanket, and you’re good to go!

d4addf1dd9c72465099bca6826cb683dHost a potluck.

You’ve gotta love any idea that let’s you throw a big party while only needing to make one dish. Everyone brings something and, voila, there’s plenty for all.

 

Host a game night.

If you have a closet full of games, great. If not, ask your guests to bring one or more of their faves. Schedule it after dinnertime and ask everyone to bring their own alcoholic beverages, so you need only serve a snack, water, coffee, maybe some tea.

Read all day.

Want a day to last forever? Plan as little as possible. Reading is a great way to do that while, well, still doing something (with a nap here and there).

Watch movies all night.

Or make it a marathon of a TV show you’re dying to catch up on. Make a big bowl of popcorn, snuggle up under a blanket, and you’re good to go all night long.

Dream big.

Let’s face it. Some of the things we want for ourselves and our families cost more money than a list like this can indulge — from travel to education. Those aren’t things to give up on. They’re things for a different list — a wish list that you can (and should) nurture. Make a vision board. Start a savings goal. Dream big for your future!

Any free (or frugal) activities you’d add to live big on any budget?

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