Spending time with friends is, in and of itself, a great way to pass the time without spending a lot of money. But, if you and your friends are used to going out to clubs, pubs or eateries together as your way of hanging out, then you can change it up a bit and save some money too. No matter where you live, there are plenty of places to go and do fun things that don’t cost a lot.
The first 15 Fun Activities To Do With Friends your friends
1. A potluck dinner party. Host a dinner party and ask everyone to bring a dish to share. If you are not comfortable with cooking, maybe try and learn how to cook a new dish together with your friends.
2. Host a spa day. Give each other manicures. Try out new hairstyles. Make some facial masks or exfoliates using natural, at-home ingredients. Mimosas, optional.
3. Movie marathon. Log into Netflix and watch every episode of “Orange is the New Black.” Or do an ’80s movie marathon, watching “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club” and all of our old favorites. Don’t have a Netflix membership? Get the free trial just for the marathon!
4. Pinterest party! You know all of those cool Pinterest crafts you say you’re going to do? Do them. At home one night with friends. Then make up some of those bacon-wrapped whatevers you’ve been dying to try!
5. Go to the park. Pack a picnic. Hang out. Watch people. Play on the swings.
6. Have an organization party. Set up a day of each weekend where you go to each of your friends’ houses and help them clean out a closet, a room, a garage, whatever. Serve drinks, food and trade stuff among yourselves.
7. Hold a yard sale. After all of that cleaning, why not hang out together and make some extra cash too?
8. Concerts in the park. All summer long, many parks host free concerts. Go with your friends. Hang out, bring a picnic dinner. This is a very relaxing way to chill out on a hot summer night after work.
9. Volunteer together. Offer to do the yard work for the local senior center or hang out with the kids at the YMCA. After a few hours of volunteering together, you will have new respect for each other and something new to chat about.
10. Play board games. Drag out the Cards Against Humanity or the Settlers of Catan. You can hang out and play all sorts of games with large groups or small ones.
11. Video game tournament. Not into board games? OK. Well, how about a video game tournament? Whether it’s the latest dancing game or Call of Duty, play against each other and award prizes (or food) to the winners.
12. Grab a ball and a bat and go play baseball at the local park. Grab a basketball or a tennis racket. Most parks have courts and fields you can use for free as long as there isn’t an organized event going on.
13. Go to the school play. This might cost a little for admission, but it’s a great way to support your community and have a fun time.
14. Iron Chef night. Bring your friends over and have an Iron Chef night where you cook dinner out of only the items in your pantry. No buying anything!
15. Hang out on your porch or lawn. When the weather is nice, enjoy the breeze, be among the trees and chill outside.
Stay tuned for the other 15 in my next blog post!