12 Ways To Enjoy Life on a Tight Budget

In today’s economy, most people spend all their money on surviving and have very little left for thriving. They can’t afford vacations, dinners out, or to treat themselves to a new game. 

However, even those on the strictest budgets can find ways to enjoy life’s pleasures. Here are 12 ways to keep life entertaining when you have no money. 

Free Library Events

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Most towns have public libraries that host community events throughout the year. Check your local library to see if they have anything fun going on. 

Learn Something New

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The internet is filled with knowledge that you can access for free. Learn something new on YouTube or take a free class on Coursera. The options for expanding your mind are endless. 

Meet Up

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Big towns and cities have thriving meetup groups offering everything from philosophical talks to coffee meetups. Though some events are at bars and restaurants, many are entirely free. 


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Potlucks allow you to hang out with friends while sharing the burden of buying and prepping the meal. Everyone brings their favorite dish, creating a giant banquet that no one spends too much money preparing. 


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Walking is a free way to get exercise and some fresh air. Take simple walks around the block or tour your neighborhood. Stop and smell the flowers along the way for an enjoyable break. 

Increase Your Income

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If life isn’t interesting because you have no money, you must make more money. Try selling those books you just wrote online. Start a side hustle. In today’s age of advanced technology, finding ways to make extra money is easier than ever. 


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Meditation is one of the best things you can do for your mental health, and completely free. What better way to make life enjoyable than to uncover the deepest secrets of your soul?

Learn To Cook

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With food costs soaring, one of the best ways to make life more enjoyable on a tight budget is learning to cook better food at home. You can make divine meals with cheap staple ingredients once you master the kitchen. 


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Writing is a fantastic hobby because it costs very little money. Most people have a computer or a pen and paper lying around. Your own fantasy world can be far richer than reality. 

Get Involved

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Nothing gives us more appreciation for what we have than taking time to help the less fortunate. Find a cause and volunteer. You’ll meet people and gain a greater perspective on all your blessings. 

Explore Free Media

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Get a library card and explore the bountiful world of fiction. Listen to podcasts. Read blogs. Take in all the free knowledge and media that surrounds us. 

Try a New Hobby

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Many hobbies are cheaper than you think. You probably already have everything you need at home for paper mache, drawing, photography, and video editing, and there are tons of other hobbies you can try for less than $20. 


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Want to learn to draw? Start with simple images you can sketch while waiting in the doctor’s office, riding the bus, or when you have a few moments of free time. 

Don’t worry if it’s good or not, all that matters is you start!

Here are 101 Things To Draw, with Examples Showcasing that Starting is What Really Matters

How To Find Your Passion

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Learning new skills is a major step towards discovering our true passion in life. Need extra help?

Discover How To Find Your Passion and Life the Life You’ve Always Wanted

Turn Your Hobby Into Cash!

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Want to make money doing something you enjoy? Consider one of these excellent hobbies that make money!

Read it here: Cash in on Your Passions with the Best Hobbies that Make Money

62 Cheap Hobbies To Enhance Your Life

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Hobbies don’t have to be expensive. Here are 62 more cheap hobbies you can try to enjoy your life in your spare time!

Read it here: 62 Free and Cheap Hobbies You Can Start Today

Making Money Online

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It’s easier than ever to earn a full time income online. Here’s all the ways you can make money online