Today we welcome back our Tuesday contributor, Catherine Alford!
I was feeling pretty confident about this blog post, but now that it’s time to write it, I’m kind of shaking in my shimmies (if people even say that anymore.) The reason is that I know exactly how to cut down spending while still having fun. Unfortunately, I am a huge nerd, so it suddenly dawned on me that you might not have the same idea of fun as I do.
Oh well, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had a nerd alert on the Internet, so behold three awesome ways that I like to have fun without spending a lot of cash.
Go To Free Museums
Don’t you love it when museums are free? I know I do. When I worked for the park service in Richmond, Virginia, it was so awesome that all of our battlefields were free! Anyone could go and get their learn on without spending an entrance fee.
There are tons of museums like this across the country and the world. You just have to do your research to find out where they are. You can also look up which museums have “student days” or “teacher days” to see if you can get a good discount.
Go To The Library
The library is a hilarious place. I once rented a very antiquated work out DVD that was from the 80s. I cracked up every time I tried to complete it. However, not all parts of your local library are from the stone ages. You can get fun audio books, the latest hardback releases, and even request a library transfer.
Some people don’t like waiting on long lists to get their paws on a best seller, but the waiting makes the reward that much sweeter. Anyway, the library by my house before I came to Grenada was absolutely enormous full of top notch computers and nice, quiet places to work. I loved it, and it’s one of the things I miss the most about the U.S.
Party at Craft Markets and Antique Fairs
I just love going to antique fairs, thrift stores, and craft markets. You never know what you’re going to find. Plus, I always give stuff weird names (“What’s this thingy ma bob?”) which adds to the fun. I admit my husband isn’t the biggest fan of scouring markets like this. He would much prefer the cool bright lights of the mall, but when I can score him a whole set of antique medical text books for $10, he gets more into it!
Of course, there are always free concerts, music festivals, cultural festivals, hiking, and camping that you can do for relatively cheap and still have an amazing time!
Seriously, why spend money at fancy restaurants and upscale country clubs when you can be on the floor digging through a box of old photographs? No? Just me?
What’s your idea of a good time? Something expensive? Something cheap? Please share.