When it comes to spending quality time with family and friends – sometimes it can get spendy. Puzzles and games are a great way to have fun on a budget – but there are a lot of other fun things you can do that are entertaining without breaking the bank. First off, we have a huge selection of puzzles, brainteasers and games under $10. Since times are tough for a lot of us out there, it’s also good to have some ideas for fun things to do that don’t break the budget.
Examples of puzzles you can get for $10 or less:
From left to right:
1. A Sign of the Times – 300 piece puzzle from Ceaco.
2. African Afternoon – 100 piece puzzle from Ravensburger.
3. Fifties Junkpile – 1000 pieces by TDC Games
Of course, puzzles are not the only way to enjoy your time on a budget. Here, we’ve put together some great ideas for you to have fun that shouldn’t cost you more
HOME MOVIE NIGHT
Still go that VCR hanging around in a storage closet? Find your old childhood home videos and watch them with the family, or take a trip to the nearest Goodwill or St. Vinnie’s and pick up a collection of some of your old favorite movies you’ve forgotten about and have a movie night!
Find out more about your friends and family with questions you wouldn’t normally think to ask each other—like “Would you ever go skydiving/bungee jumping/eat a foreign delicacy like frog’s legs?” Take turns guessing things about other people. It was a fun way to learn new things about the people you already thought you knew best! You can find tons of “would you ever” questions online – or if you think you need a little more help, Puzzle Warehouse has tons of conversational games under $20.
BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN TOWN
Check into your museums and the parks you haven’t yet got a chance to visit in your town. Pick a new form of transportation: if you usually drive everywhere, why not ride the bus or ride a bike? Try to look at your home from an outsider’s perspective. What do you think about it?
MAKE A QUILT
Still attached to some old clothes that don’t fit? A friend of mine has a quilt stitched out of his favorite childhood t-shirts, and it looks pretty cool and has sentimental value. Also, it will help you out with your sewing skills! Here are some helpful hints.
LEARN HOW TO ORIGAMI
You can use all that notebook paper you kept buying at the beginning of every school year and then lost, or old papers that you just haven’t gotten around to recycling. Pick up an origami book from your local craft store or visit Origami Online for some tips and tutorials.
REARRANGE YOUR ROOM
Sometimes just moving things around makes everything feel fresh and new. If space is tight, even just rearranging some decorations or throwing out things you really don’t need anymore can liven up a space.
Take out those old magazines you’ve been storing or some old tissue paper you have for gift bags and do some modge-podging on a glass jar to make a neat candle holder. Or use the magazines to make some homemade birthday or holiday cards to give out later in the year. Or just make a collage like when you were 13 of your favorite things for no reason at all! Lots of DIY crafts can be searched for on Pinterest.
There’s a poet somewhere in all of us. It may just be more buried and hard to pull out in some more than others. Blackout poetry is a great way to push yourself creatively! First you find an old book or go and pick up some used copies somewhere for cheap. Then you find phrases and words that stick out to you and take a sharpie and black out the rest of the page—leaving only the words you want for a poem.
On an episode of Friends, Rachel once challenged herself to finish a New York Times Crossword all by herself. But you can always ask a friend to help you with the clues you just have absolutely no idea about, or you can also find resources online like this handy website which lets you know whether you’re on the right track.
Organize a picnic with some friends. Each of you can bring something—it’ll be like a mini pot luck! Again, online can be great resource – find great cheap picnic food ideas.