Being frugal doesn’t mean that you have to live your life in a no fun zone. Maybe you assume that saving money means that you aren’t spending any money which in turn, means that you aren’t doing anything fun. Contrary to that belief, being frugal is fun!

Each and every day, we are each faced with choices on how we choose to make money, and then, in turn, spend that money.  Some people like to spend money on food, while others prefer to spend money on “things” or on making memories.  There’s no right or wrong way to spend your own money. It’s your choice. But what about those people who like to have it both ways?  They like to save money, but also have fun doing so. Is it possible to be able to do both? To actually be frugal and fun?  Absolutely. You can have your cake and eat it too. Need some ideas and inspiration? Here are some suggestions on 10 Ways You can Combine Frugal with Fun.

10 ideas and inspiration to combine frugal and fun

Enjoy and embrace nature.

The great outdoors can be 100% free, and 100% fun.  Think of the options waiting for you right out your back door.  You can go biking, hiking, rollerskating… all in nature and all for free. Hours upon hours of fun await you with an endless supply of outdoor activities. All without making a dent at all in your wallet.

Create a random dish with items in your pantry or fridge. 

We all need to shake up our taste buds every now and then, right?  Instead of running to the store and buying something new, or spending your hard-earned dough on delivery, create a taste bud masterpiece with something fun that you can find in your kitchen. You save money by using what you have and have fun by exploring a fun, one of a kind dish.

Host a small get together.

Have an event or win in life that you want to celebrate? Host a party in the comfort of your own home! No need to rent out a venue for a high cost when you can host at home for free. Better yet? Have it be a pot luck where everyone brings a dish.  Less money to spend on food and everyone has fun trying each other’s dishes and exchanging recipes.

Educate yourself.

Get in tune with all the free things going on in your town. You may be surprised by how many pubs, restaurants or coffee shops in your area offer free bands to listen to on the weekend. Or take a look and see if there are free movies or music in the parks. The events are free for a reason, to be accessible for all to attend!

Binge watch a favorite movie series or shows.

Forget about spending a high ticket price at the movie theater…try to binge watch a few of your old favorites at home. Pop your own popcorn, just the way you like it and snuggle up in your pajamas for a night of fun and relaxation.

Makeover yourself and your friends. 

Who doesn’t like to be pampered? Going to the spa and the salon can be pricey, but having a fun makeover day at home can be awesome. Have all your friends bring over their makeup and have fun pampering and trying out new looks!

Give geocaching a try. 

If you love scavenger hunts, this may be something new and fun to try. Research if it’s popular in your area, and give it a go.  You can uncover all kinds of hidden treasures when searching for those disguised items placed by others in the great outdoors.  

Host a Freezer Meal Party.

These are the best. Invite a group of your cooking buddies over, have them all bring ingredients for their favorite quick meals, and have fun dividing up, sharing and freezing for later.  What a quick and inexpensive way to stock up dinner for later and enjoy the company of some of your favorite people!

Be on the hunt for free books.

Who doesn’t love a good book? But they can be expensive to buy. Instead, hunt around your town to see if there are any Little Free Book Libraries to get books from. (If you’ve never heard of them, check ’em out!)  Also, don’t forget about the awesomeness of the local library.

Relax and go fishing.

Fishing is full of fun from the casting out of the line, to the excitement of reeling in that fish.  It can be a totally fun way to relax, or even catch your own dinner!

Finding ways to save money can be fun and rewarding!  By allowing yourself to be open to trying new things and using some creativity, the options are out there to enjoy. Try spending your time, not your money, by trying new things and making new memories. You may be amazed by all the fun freebies available to you when you are open and accepting to try them!

What are your ideas for combining frugal and fun? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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