For those of you who don’t know, starting within the next couple of months I will be a student full time again! After gaining about a year of experience working in the hospitality industry, I have decided it’s not where my heart is. For that reason, I have decided to go back to school for nursing. I am still persuing opening an event planning business, but along with that I plan to one day (soon) become a nurse. Because of the challenging school schedule I will have, this lead me to make the decision to stop working at my current job.
With all of that being said, I will be living these next couple of years on a serious budget! And not only that, but since I won’t be working as much I will have more time to spend doing other things (such as spending time with friends) at least for now. I know nursing school is quickly going to become very challenging, but in the meantime I want to soak up as much of my freedom as I can. I’ve been trying to think of as many low budget things to do as possible, that way my social life won’t have to suffer just because my wallet is haha! Here are some of my favorite things to do when I still want to get out, but I also want to spend less money.
Go to a Brewery
Going to a brewery is basically one of my favorite things to do right now. I love trying new places. I’m not a huge fan of beer (I like it okay), but I always enjoy going and seeing what they have. Whether it be live music, great views or games, each brewery has its own unique feel. While you’ll inevitably end up purchasing a couple of beers while you’re there, this is overall a very inexpensive way to get out for a while.
Go to the Park/Beach
Living so close to the beach, I’m lucky because I can go on a whim. I always just pack a cooler full of snacks and drinks before I leave and I’m set for the day. I will admit I usually end up buying some ice cream, but that certainly won’t set me back a lot. Even if you don’t live by a beach though, you could still go to the park. Pack a picnic lunch, hang out, walk around, it’ll be something different and fun to do.
Farmers Market/Local Art Festival
Check out your areas online newspaper or quarterly magazine to see what’s going on. Most farmers markets/craft shows/festivals have free admission. Once you get there spend time walking around and talking to people. If you’re at a farmers market, most of the time you can get lots of free samples! A lot of times at events like these there’s entertainment as well. It’s always something different and even if there’s not much to see at least you can go and have fun for a little while.
Get Ice Cream
Go with some friends to get ice cream! Try the different flavors, talk to the people who work there (you’d be surprised how much they know about ice cream!) and get a couple of flavors. Eat it at the ice cream shop, or even better go somewhere pretty nearby and eat it there instead! Spend time hanging out with friends and trying all of the different flavors they got as well as your own. It’s something you can do to mix things up a little bit while still keeping things simple and inexpensive.
Day Trips to Visit Friends
Okay, so I know this might not be the least expensive thing in the world, but it’s a lot cheaper than some of the alternatives. Visit a friend who lives a little further away and just have a movie day or something similarly inexpensive. You’ll be so busy catching up with your friend that you won’t really end up spending any money once you get there.
I hope you liked these inexpensive things to do! Besides having more time for other things, I will also hopefully have more time for blogging! Every time I write a new blog post I fall in love with blogging all over again. My intention with this blog is to share my life and what I learn along the way in order to help each person who visits to navigate the world of adulthood the best they can.
Leave in the comments below what you like to do when trying to have fun on a low budget!