87 Free Things to do to Keep You Busy

87 Free Things to do to Keep You Busy

My wife and I have spent a lot of time thinking about free things to do during our No Spend Month. Since we can’t go out for entertainment, we have to find ways to keep ourselves busy without spending any money. We’ve decided to share our list with you so that you can stick to your no spend goals this month as well.

Some things on our list of free things to do are serious, some will make you happy, and some are just silly. Enjoy!

87 Free Things to do

If you are new to our NSC Series, start here!
-If not, you can skip this section-

As some of you may know, we are in the midst of our first ever No Spend Challenge (NSC) which started January 1.

The short story is that my wife and I racked up a ton of debt (read how HERE) and want to pay it off as quickly as possible so that we can live our dream lives (read about our goals HERE). This challenge will help us learn about living frugal, saving money, and paying off our debt faster.

Visit our post, Frugal Living at its Finest: the No Spend Challenge, to view why we are doing the challenge, what the challenge entails, and the rules.

The hardest thing about budgeting and frugal living is doing it alone and that’s why we want to invite you all to join us on our NSC. Sign up below to opt-in to our email community, filled with exclusive tips and tricks for saving money to survive living frugal during your NSC month.

Follow our rules or make your own! Join for one week or the entire month! We know that not everyone is in the same situation we are in. Stick with the No Spend Challenge for as much or as little as you are able in your situation and don’t be afraid to hop on after the starting date (it’s never too late to join in on the fun!).

We’ll be taking the challenge right alongside you – with daily blog posts, encouragements, and exclusive email information and communication: this will be the single, greatest choice you make to jump start the New Year.




20 Free Things to do When You’re Bored

1.) Learn the Guitar

2.) Organize Your Kitchen Cupboards

3.) Refurbish an Old Piece of Furniture

4.) Listen to the New Hit Music (I always feel out of the loop because I never know what the new hits are! Of course, it would help if I listened to them more…)

5.) Make a YouTube Video

6.) Write a Story

7.) Clean out your Car

8.) Defrost Your Freezer (it has to be done every once in a while, right?)

9.) Learn Something About History (Even if it’s on Drunk History – because that show is hilarious)

10.) Visit the Library

11.) Sort Through Your Desktop Files

12.) Look at Old Picture Albums

13.) OR Scrapbook in General

14.) Rearrange Your Bedroom

15.) Hang up New Pictures

16.) Invite Your Friends over for Tea

17.) Have a Picnic

18.) Climb a Tree (be safe about it though!)

19.) Clean Out Your Wallet

20.) Ride Your Bike Around Town

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20 Free Things to do to Save Money & Pay Off Debt

21.) Make Your Own Cleaning Products (post coming soon!)

22.) Plan a Budget

23.) Rethink Your Bills (do you need those subscriptions? Click HERE for more info!)

24.) Start a Blog for Money (Want to get paid to write? Click HERE to learn how!)

25.) Read other Blogs to Inspire You (Click HERE for 7 of the ones that inspire me!)

26.) Figure out How to Make Food From Scratch (Making things like pasta, bread, and canned goods from scratch can save you some serious dough – haha, get it? Click HERE for our homemade pasta recipe!)

27.) Make Gifts for Friends and Family instead of Buying them (Click HERE for some ideas!)

28.) Learn how to Make Money Online (Follow our Make Money Online Series to learn a TON – Click HERE!)

29.) Write Down Your Goals (You can click HERE to read mine or click HERE to learn how to write goals you’ll actually follow using the SMART framework!)

30.) Develop a Cash Envelope System for Your Situation

31.) Host a Yard Sale

32.) Use Your Crafty Skills to Sell on Etsy

33.) Write an Ebook and Sell it On Amazon

34.) Cut Coupons for Your Next Shopping Excursion (or download ibotta – click HERE for more information!)

35.) Call Companies and Negotiate a Better Rate

36.) Downsize Your Home

37.) Figure Out How to be a One Car Family

38.) Teach Your Kids the Difference Between Wants and Needs

39.) Grow Your Own Food from Home (We’ll be writing a post on this soon!)

40.) Write Down Your Experiences with Debt to Inspire Others (Just like we do here at DIY Jahn!)

20 Free Things to do to Make You Happy

20 free things to do

All of the items from this section were taken from my post 20 Free Things to do to Make You Happy which you can find on the Painted Teacup website by clicking HERE.

41.) Learn a Magic Trick

42.) Get Crafting

43.) Take a Hike

44.) Read a Book

45.) Watch a Movie

46.) Have a Meaningful Conversation

47.) Do Some Gardening

48.) Clean Your House

49.) Learn a New Recipe

50.) Sit by a Fire

51.) Crochet or Knit

52.) Find a Community Event

53.) Play a Game

54.) Host a Potluck Dinner

55.) Journal

56.) Spend Time Meditating

57.) Try Yoga or Pilates

58.) Take Pictures

59.) Volunteer Somewhere

60.) Pretend to be a Tourist

20 Free Things to do to Help Others

61.) Donate your old Clothes

62.) Leave Feedback on a New Website, Blog, or Product

63.) Bake Cookies for a Nursing Home

64.) Sew a Blanket for a Homeless Shelter

65.) Write Letters to Let Those in Need Know You Care

66.) Spend Time Baking for a School Bake Sale

67.) Do Some Grounds Work for your Local Congregation

68.) Find a Camp and Offer to Paint or Mow for Them

69.) Pick Up Litter at a Park Nearby

70.) Adopt a Highway

71.) Take Care of an Animal

72.) Look into Foster Care

73.) Knit or Crochet Baby Hats for the Hospital

74.) Put Together Chemo Kits (filled with something warm, something soothing, something to do, etc.).

75.) Read to Kids at the Local Library (with permission of course, don’t be creepy).

76.) Bring a Casserole to a New Mom

77.) Visit your New Neighbors

78.) Teach a Skill at a Community Center

79.) Send your Friends Cards with Encouragements Inside

80.) Spend Quality Time Listening and Talking to Others

7 More Free Things to do Because Winter

81.) Learn to Snowboard

82.) Go Sledding

83.) Snowshoe through the Woods

84.) Cross Country Ski 

85.) Go Ice Fishing

86.) Spend a Day Building Snow Forts, Snowmen, and other Snow Creations

87.) Sit by a Fire while Drinking Hot Cocoa

Free Things to do to Keep You Busy

So, there you have it! 87 free things to do to keep you busy. From free things to do when you’re bored to free things to do to make you happy, pay off debt, and save money (and a few winter ones just for fun)! Now it’s time for our quote of the day (don’t worry, I won’t forget!). Today our quote is by Soren Kierkegaard.

Quote - Day 5

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” Soren Kierkegaard

Regardless of what your reality is – whether you are saving money because you’re underwater with debt, you’re working to buy a house, or go on that awesome vacation, life is what you make of it. This experience is yours and it is your choice how you react to it. Choose to make it awesome.

Use these free things to do as a jumping point to live your life to the fullest (regardless of your budget)!

What are your favorite FREE things to do?

Leave your answer in the comments below!


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4 Replies to “87 Free Things to do to Keep You Busy”

  1. Wonderful list! We’ve done many of these. I love that many of these involve service to others. It’s such an easy way to boost your own happiness. The added benefits of being free and boosting someone else’s happiness too make it irresistible. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you, Mortimer! So glad that you enjoyed the list and found it useful. I agree that it definitely makes it better when you can boost someone else’s happiness 🙂

  2. Excellent list! I’ve thought about doing a no spend challenge and I think later this year we’ll take it on…when we not all sitting around the house sick and miserable, but then again, I guess we’re spending less money because of that, lol. Anyway, I’m going to start trying out ibotta. I’ve heard so much about it, and seeing it in your list just sparked my interest again, so I’m going to go ahead and try it on for size! Thanks for sharing your list! Good luck on your challenge!

    1. Thank you, Mary! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! If you’re interested in our No Spend Challenge, I have a whole series of exclusive emails that I send out to participants, so feel free to sign up. 🙂 As for Ibotta, it’s so great! You’ll love it. 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting and I hope you keep coming back for more!

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