Frugal February : Free Fun!

Hi everyone!  It's now halfway through the month (yes..already!), and my Frugal February is going great so far.  I'll be sharing more about it at the end of the month and a real break down of what I did, but today I wanted to share some ideas on fun things you can do for free.

I always seem to fall back on going out for drinks or to dinner if I want to hang out with someone, but there are so many activities you can do for free!  Today I'm sharing a few of those ideas, and I would love to hear all of your ideas as well!

Watch old movies - Since I got Netflix, I pretty much stopped watching DVDs that I own.  Since I paused my subscription this month, it's a great time to watch those old movies that I used to love!  Some of my oldie-but-goodies are The Aviator, Love Actually, Titanic, and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

Use up old Groupons or coupons - How many times have you bought a Groupon or gotten a coupon for something free, but never use it?  Frugal February is a great time to do this!  Last summer, I won four passes for snow tubing at a nearby resort, and I'm looking forward to going (and not having to spend any money!), as well as trying out some new fitness classes that I have passes for.

Open up that special occasion wine - This applies to anything that you save up for a special occasion, but never actually consume.  I have bottles of wine sitting in my fridge that were more expensive, and I'm just saving up.  Since I'm not going out this month, having that special bottle makes staying in a little more fun.

Take a long bath - To combine a few ideas, take a nice and luxurious bath.  I like to watch a show or movie while I'm in the bath (so you can watch those old videos), drink some wine (special occasion!) and light a candle or use an oil diffuser.  I also like to use up products that are sitting around, like face masks and bath bombs to make this a really luxurious and relaxing experience.

Meet up with friends for a run or walk - My favorite frugal activity is definitely meeting up for a workout with friends.  Running is free, and you can catch up while not spending a dime (plus it helps make your run go by a lot quicker!).  Since I have ClassPass and a lot of my friends do as well, I also like to try out new classes with them.

Check out local free events - I definitely don't take enough advantage of free events in the area, so my goal for February is go to go more!  In Pittsburgh, we have monthly free museum days, weekly yoga in the park, and amazing parks all over the city.  A few days ago I also went to a free snowshoeing class that REI hosted, and it was a lot of fun- plus I learned a new skill!

Have a picnic at a new park - This might not be possible in February for me, but it's always fun to pack up a picnic and check out a new-to-you park.  Who needs to spend a ton of money at a restaurant when you can take the restaurant with you and enjoy the great outdoors?

Play a card game - Whenever I get together with family, we always end up playing card games and have a great time.  This usually only happens during the holidays, so it would be great to have a random card game during the week, or even hosting a card party on the weekend.

Go to the library - In college, I always loved to go to the library and get lost for hours just learning and studying.  Now that I'm out of school, I really stopped doing that!  There are so many cool things to check out in the library, from researching upcoming trips in the travel section to finding recipes for a meal plan in the cooking section!  Or, you can just grab a biography or Harry Potter and enjoy that!  A lot of libraries also offer free classes (a local one hosts a monthly Indian cooking class that I really want to go to), so this is a great Frugal February resource!

Learn how to make something from scratch - Last year, one of my goals was to start making almond milk and beer from scratch.  It was always something that I bought, so I wanted to see if I could make it myself!  Since then, I've also experimented with making my own bread, pizza dough, veggie stock, and more.  It's fun to learn a new skill, and even better if you can eat it at the end.

Take your dog to the dog park or on a long walk - There is nothing Selma likes more than going to the dog park, but it's something that I don't do nearly enough.  We have some great parks around us, and they're all free to get into.  It's a great activity to get outside and let your dog get out some energy!  If you don't have a dog park nearby, just go on a nice, long walk for a similar effect!

What are your favorite free activities?
Is anyone else doing Frugal February?  How's it going??


  1. These all sounds fun- let me know which ones you are doing this weekend- I might tag along!


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