15 Free And Frugal Activities To Keep You Busy During Quarantine
We can all agree that it has been quite the year! Staying at home doesn’t come easily to all and the jitters and anxieties of not being social and productive can start to weigh on us. A few things have opened up such as outdoor dining and nail salons, but those things cost money and shouldn’t be something you do on a day to day basis in order to keep yourself sane (especially when so many are struggling financially). But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We have compiled a fun list of activities that will satisfy you creatively, emotionally, financially and physically. The best part? They won’t cost you more than a few bucks! Check them out below.
1. Grow Your Own Herb Garden
We love this activity because not only is it fun, but it also will save you a trip to the grocery store when you’re in need of some delicious herbs and spices. Some of the best herbs to grow indoors are rosemary, oregano, chives, and basil. You can also grow your own mint which would be perfect for a homemade mint tea!
2. At Home Yoga Retreat
Yoga retreats are not cheap, some can even get up to the thousands. So why not use a weekend to create your very own yoga retreat at home? Make a schedule, lay out the mat and just breathe. Mix your yoga practice with some meditation, healthy whole foods and a candle lit bubble bath to finish it off. Talk about a dreamy experience!
3. Call Your Friends And Family
Connecting with your people is so important, especially today. We can forget that we don’t have the same social interactions that we used to since this is strangely becoming a new-norm to many. So start scrolling through your phone book and rekindle those relationships because it’s time to start reconnecting!
4. Research Volunteer Opportunities
It’s always important to give back to the community, but it can be hard when you don’t have the funds. Donating isn’t the only way to help out, your time is also extremely valuable. There is always something going on so take a look in your area to see what kind of opportunities are available. Don’t feel comfortable
leaving your home? No problem! You can find different ways to volunteer from the comfort of your home by clicking here.
Times are tough, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remember all of the good times we once had! Take a day and gather old photos, movie stubs, and trinkets you’ve saved throughout the years and make a memory book to remind of how beautiful life really is.
Now we know that this might seem silly since so few venues are open, but dancing by yourself at home can be just as rewarding. Make a playlist, clear the furniture and turn it up! You can make just about anything into a dance floor.
Since the pandemic, there has been a shortage of puzzles at retail stores and online, but due to high demand, we are seeing more and more pop up everywhere! Lay out the pieces and exercise your brain. This activity is great because it can keep you occupied for days!
**Tip** Check out your local Goodwill. You can find hundreds of board games and puzzles for pennies on the dollar!
8. Clean Out Your Closet
Now this can seem more like a chore, but if you change your thinking, it could be a hidden gold mine! Take a look and see what pieces you haven’t worn lately or items you’ve grown out of and then sell them to either thrift stores or consignment shops! Not only will you declutter, but you can make a few dollars in the process.
9. Go On A Hike
Now that the weather is clearing up, there is nothing more refreshing than going on a nature hike. Bring your family and friends, or go on the adventure alone. Finding ways to get outside, without compromising your health and well-being is definitely the way to go!
10. Have A Game Night
You don’t need a large group of people in order to have fun. Instead, spend a whole night playing your favorite board games with the people in your household or trusted quarantine partners. Parcheesi anyone?
11. Scavenger Hunt
Who said that scavenger hunts are just for kids? Not us! Create your own around your house or in the neighborhood for a fun and frugal activity. Don’t worry if you’re not the creative type, you can take a look here where there are hundreds of pre-made ones in cities across the country.
12. Creative Hobbies
Have you always wanted to learn a new craft but feel like you don’t have the time? Well now is your chance! There are endless tutorials out there that will teach you a wide range of DIY activities. Learn new skills like creating your own macrame, candle making, or even a fun new way to tie-dye those old t-shirts hiding in your closet. The materials tend to be pretty inexpensive and you can use things that you find around your house. No more excuses. There is no time like today!
13. Spend Time With Your Pets or Foster A Pet
With all of the time that we are spending at home, it’s important to remember to take our time to connect with our pets! Long walks, hikes, and even fetch in the backyard are all important activities that will keep both ourselves and our furry friends happy. Don’t have a pet but are open to fostering? There millions of animals out there that are in need of a temporary home while they find their fur-ever home. Check out the local listings in your area-- you just might find yourself a new best friend!
14. Fitness Challenge
Not only are most gyms still closed, their monthly fees can be an expensive expenditure. In this day in age, we are very lucky that almost everything can be virtually and we should all be taking advantage of it. Look online and see if there are free online classes that interest you, and if nothing strikes your fancy, there is nothing like some at-home crunches and push ups to do the trick.
15. Netflix And Chill
If all else fails, you can always rely on a cozy night at home with a good movie and popcorn to keep you entertained. Take a look here to see what is new on Netflix this month!
It’s important to stay busy, even when we are stuck at home. All we have to do is think a little outside the box and we can find plenty of options that can fit both our lifestyle and our budget. If you are struggling financially and are in need of assistance, Madison Monroe and Associates is here to help. Reach out any time to firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 346-2797.