It's been a long week and the last thing you want to do is be stuck in the house all weekend. The only problem is your money situation isn't looking that great. While saving money is probably what you should do in these types of situations, there are a bunch of creative things to do this weekend that won't cost you a lot and have you regret your decisions come Monday.
While there's absolutely nothing wrong with hanging out at home with a tub of ice cream, watching the latest The Walking Dead episode, there's a little bit more to life than staring at a screen all weekend. Even if your wallet is on the half-empty side of things, there are ways to go around it. With a little bit of money, you can explore your city (or another) for a few days, doing things that won't break your bank. And you may even still have left over so you can still buy groceries. Below are a few simple ideas that are way better than staying indoors in weekend.
1. Take A Train Ride To An Unknown City
If you live in a city that's filled with public transportation, why not take advantage of it? Round trip train tickets are usually relatively cheap and you don't have to worry about tolls or gas (#winning). Pick a city and spend all day there exploring and taking photos. Save even more money by bringing your own lunch and snacks to help you from getting hungry. If you want to stay the night, use apps like Hotel Tonight or Airbnb to save the most money without breaking the bank.
2. Go To An Art Exhibit
Art Exhibits, especially ones in museums, are always great because you could spend hours there for normally less than $30. In fact, a lot of them are donation-based and you can pay however much (or little) you want. Search the Internet for the latest art exhibits and check out the dates of when they're running. Most of them only last a few months, so make sure you go see your favorites before it's too late.
3. Play At An Arcade And Relive Your Childhood Dreams
If you grew up in the '90s, you may have had a Super Nintendo in your house or played Super Mario at your local arcade. If that was the case, then you'll probably love checking out your local arcade and replaying those classic games. If you're lucky, you may even find an arcade that is nestled inside a bar. Bring your friends and spend hours (and only quarters), beating video games and reminiscing about the good times. Drink and play responsibly, of course.
4. Visit A Farmer's Market
Nothing's better than checking out a farmer's market in the middle of the weekend. With a variety of vendors, you can literally spend hours there looking and shopping for whatever you want. Need flowers? Some bread for dinner? Yup, they have it all. Farmer's markets are a great way to waste time on the cheap, because they are free to the public and some vendors even give out free samples of their products. Not a shabby way to spend the weekend if you ask me.
5. Tour A Brewery
If you're a beer connoisseur, then you will love the idea of checking out your local brewery. For a couple of hours, you can take a tour and learn the ins and outs of what goes into making your favorite glass of alcohol. Depending on the location, you can try a couple of cold ones for free during the weekends or have a food or beer pairing for relativity cheap. Check out your brewery's calendar to see if there are any events going on, too. You know, to help get your drink on.
6. Laugh At A Comedy Club
Say goodbye to the work stress on Friday and have a good laugh on Saturday. This weekend, check out a comedy club to help relax during the weekend. Most of the time, the comedy clubs are not that expensive (especially if they are new acts). Bring a date and enjoy the live entertainment. If you live in a comedy-centric city, like NYC or LA, then you might even be lucky enough to catch one of your favorite comedians. Sometimes, famous comedians will stop by old comedy clubs to practice new jokes.
Don't let your weekend be a complete bore because you don't have a lot of money to spend. Instead of staying indoors, get creative and go to some of these cool spots. Whether you decide to do them solo or bring a couple of friends, you won't regret spending a few bucks so you can enjoy the great outdoors and not feel claustrophobic inside your house.
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