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4 Frugal and Fun Things To Do (Besides Watching TV)

Frugal Fun without TV

I didn’t really realize the impact that TV streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have had on our culture until I was listening to music and scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed the other day.

After seeing several posts related to “Netflix marathons” and even a line in a junk food parody of Adele’s “Hello” that said “dreaming of Netflix and Micky D’s” I began to wonder why we are all so obsessed with watching TV as our main source of entertainment.

Is it because we only have to pay a small fee for these streaming services to get unlimited access to them each month?

Is it because we aren’t creative enough to come up with other ways to entertain ourselves without busting our budgets?

Related Read: 5 ways to cut cable and save every month

I’m still not quite sure what the answer is to these questions, but I do know that there are lots of frugal and fun things to do besides watching TV. In fact, I’ve gone from watching several hours of TV each week to watching almost none!

If you decide you want to switch things up next time you have some free time in your day, here are 4 frugal and fun things you and try instead of watching TV.

1. Spend Time with Friends and Family

One of the things I hate most about watching TV is that many families choose to do this instead of spending real quality time together. I get that watching TV is easy on your body and mind after a long day, but as a kid it was hard for me to understand why my parents would choose to watch TV more often than they chose to shut it off and spend time with my brother and I.

When we did spend time together doing something other than watching TV, we often played board games and card games around the dining room table instead. Ocassionally these ended with someone mad or crying because my family is full of very competitive people, but these are the things that are memorable to me, not nights spent watching TV.

2. Learn a New Skill

You don’t have to go to school or pay to learn a new skill. These days there are plenty of instructional videos you can watch on YouTube to help your learn a new skill. You may also be able to ask a friend or community member to teach you a skill if you know someone who is already good at the new skill you are wanting to learn.

Last year I took a class about how to crochet. While I don’t use this skill everyday, it was fun to learn and I was able to make scarves for my friends for Christmas with my new skill. Best of all, I learned it from a friend so I didn’t have to pay to take a class.

3. Start a Side Hustle

Ya’ll know I’m addicted to the side hustle, but at least running a side hustle business is a good way to use free time on the evenings and weekends. There’s nothing more frugal than running a side hustle because instead of spending money on this “hobby” you’ll be earning money instead. There are even some side hustles you can start for free.

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4. Volunteer

Another frugal and fun activity that I use to fill my free time is volunteering. I currently serve on a couple different boards for organizations in my community. My volunteer duties for these include going to meeting regularly, but also helping organize and host community events throughout the year. Volunteering generally doesn’t cost anything other than your time, although you can decide to give money to charity too if you have it available in your budget.

These are only 4 ideas out of hundreds that you can use to occupy your free time instead of always plunking down in front of the TV during your free time. That’s not to say that you can’t watch some TV, but there are lots of other more productive and yet still frugal and fun things to do too.

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Kayla

Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

3 Comments

  1. March 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    My husband and I were in the bad habit of watching TV while we ate dinner… and for a while after! We are trying to change that now. We’re eating dinner with the TV off and actually talking to one another, then working on joint projects, reading, or playing a game together during our free evenings. Last night we played a good two-person game we haven’t played in about five years, and it was really fun!

    • March 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm — Reply

      That’s awesome! I don’t watch a lot of TV anyway since I work on my blog and business during that time.

  2. March 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    Whenever I watch TV, I try to do multitasking. I either work on my easy side hustles, those who don’t require lots of focus, or do some easy exercise. This is to make sure that I use my time productively, Kayla.

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