How To Be Frugal And Fun (And Not Boring)


These are myths I despise and ones I’m trying to prove false.

Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to be boring.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy your life while staying on a realistic budget.

In fact, I believe that some of the many great ways to have fun are free or affordable. We spend hardly any money within our entertainment budget each month and still have a great time filled with new experiences. Just check out my Instagram if you don’t believe me!

Below are several different frugal ideas for fun activities.

Mystery shop for frugal fun.

Mystery shopping won’t make you rich, but it can be an easy way to earn free meals at restaurants, free outings, free hotel stays, and more.

You’ll have to pay for everything upfront with your own money and you will be required to fill out surveys afterward, but it’s a way to spoil yourself while still having frugal fun.

Related article: My Guide To Mystery Shopping

Take advantage of happy hours.

Happy hours are a great way to have discounted food and drinks. You may be able to save 50% or more by just visiting bars and restaurants during a specified time.

Another way to be frugal similar to this is to take advantage of cheaper days. For example, many rock climbing gyms have “ladies nights” and so do bars/restaurants, and many other places. The Valvoline near my house even has a Ladies Day for oil changes! Ladies night may mean free or discounted admission, drinks, etc. for women.

Sign up for email lists.

The next time your favorite restaurant or place asks if you would like to sign up for their email list, say yes!

You can earn valuable coupons, free visits, and more by doing this.

If you want to take it one step further, you could even create a separate email address for all of these offers to go to. That way you aren’t cluttering up your normal email address.

Visit the library.

Your local library can provide for many frugal ideas for you and your family.

You can borrow books or movies, which you can then bring home and have a fun night at home with friends and/or family members.

Churn credit cards.

You can still go on vacations even if you are frugal and on a budget.

One way to have frugal fun and go on vacations is to churn credit cards. This is what I do and I earn more than $500 every other month for free – all I have to do is use credit cards to pay my bills just like how I normally would.

If you are good at managing credit cards and you know you won’t go into debt in order to earn rewards, then this can be a nice way to go on vacations on a budget.

Related article: How I’ve Earned Over $2,500 In Credit Card Rewards In 2015

Go outside.

There are many frugal ideas for what you could do outside for fun. Plus, if you already have all of the gear then it can be an extremely cheap way to enjoy yourself.

You could:

  1. Go for a bike ride.

  2. Go for a hike.

  3. Go rock climbing.

  4. Go for a walk.

  5. Go for a run with your dogs.

  6. Go for a swim.

  7. Go fishing.

  8. Go camping.

  9. Have a picnic.

  10. Have a bonfire.

Find free attractions in your city.

One thing I love about St. Louis is that pretty much everything is free. There are free concerts with famous bands every summer, there are free museums, the zoo is free, there are countless free festivals, and more.

I’m sure St. Louis isn’t the only city which offers so many free options either. I recommend checking out your town’s calendar and website to see what free attractions your town offers.

If you live in a town that is near a national park, you may also want to find out when their free entry days are. They usually have a few each year and that can be a great way to save money and enjoy amazing views. There are free entry days coming up on September 26 and November 11, 2015, which you should check out.

What do you do for frugal fun? What frugal ideas do you have for fun activities?

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