Let’s face it!
We all know that weekends are when we tend to spend money. Whether it’s to dine out, or go to the movies (or both), or we just go out and “paint the town red”! The truth is, many of us live for the weekends, and that usually translates to spending our hard-earned dollars.
But with the economy the way it is, I was thinking, “why not take one weekend in a given month to experience a dollar-free weekend?” Of course, those of us who’ve been strapped for cash because of the sudden rise in food and gasoline prices, can surely use some help in figuring out ways to save money. And, that’s where my one dollar-free weekend per month comes in.
A Dollar-Free Weekend
TheSimpleDollar.com has some sage advice about saving money on the weekends with a “money-free weekend” strategy, and this demonstrates that it’s quite possible.
I know that all you party people out there who tend to be very social during the weekends might not like this strategy. Who would? I mean, it involves being somewhat anti-social and not participating in weekend events that (more than likely) require spending some money. And, that’s why I’ve specifically suggested one weekend out of the month to be frugal and go dollar-free!
A Proposed Strategy
Here’s my proposed strategy on taking one weekend out of a given month, in order to live frugally and not spend a single dime (or dollar) doing it! Of course, if you even drive anywhere on this weekend, you are using gasoline to get there. But let’s allow that we already have some gasoline in the car. And, of course, using gas and electric, central heating, and other utilities shouldn’t count. And let’s not count cellphone usage if you are calling a friend. Let’s just be concerned with spending habits such as shopping at the mall, dining and entertainment, out-of-town trips, etc… and work from there.
A List of Dollar-Free Ideas
- Go to the library. Here, you can just go to the public library to browse through the books and sit somewhere comfortable and read, a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Also, libraries usually have a collection of the latest magazines. So, forget the magazine subscriptions. You can go to the library and read all the popular magazines for free!
- Borrow free movies. Nowadays, libraries usually have a collection of movies in the form of DVDs and VHS tapes. Sometimes they have current selections, but here you can indulge in a classic movie you’ve never seen, or wish to revisit an old classic.
- Go for a walk. One of the easiest things to do is to go for a nature walk somewhere. Go to the beach, or the park, or explore a hiking trail. The physical activity will do you good, as well as the fact that you’re going outside to get some fresh air. If you already have a digital camera, this is also a good opportunity to take some photos.
- Go for Scrabble or Monopoly. It could be any board game, actually, but the idea is to still be social with your friends and family, while still saving money provided you already have the board game handy!
- Do some gardening. If you have a home with a garden, this is a good chance to catch up on some gardening, weeding and other outside chores. Start a compost pile. Or, take some cuttings from other plants and grow more. This is also a golden opportunity to lounge in the backyard, reading books you’ve borrowed from the library.
- Organize a yard sale. And here’s a chance to actually earn dollars during a dollar-free weekend! Sort through all your belongings and miscellaneous items in the garage on Saturday, and hold a yard sale or garage sale on Sunday. This doesn’t require any investment up front (unless you spend some money on garage sale signs from Home Depot) and you’ll clear a lot of stuff you’ve collected over the years while making money selling it.
- Attend free events. Every community has free events open to the public, such as free concerts at the park. Check your community calendar for events near you that are totally free.
- Workout and do some cardio. Go for a jog or ride a bike. If you are a runner, going on a run at the beach or doing cross-country training should take up a good chunk of your weekend and is a way to stay in shape. Or, use the weekend to do a serious weight training sesssion, provided you already have a workout machine or free weights at home.
- Read a good book. Usually, getting lost in a great read is all it takes to entertain yourself for the entire weekend. And, going to the library is once again a great place to order the latest novels. The library usually charges a small fee to order new books, but even if it’s a dollar I’m sure you can find four quarters around the house to pay the fee, and we won’t count that against you on a dollar-free weekend if it’s just loose change.
So, good luck in organizing your dollar-free weekend! And, if you have any ideas to add to the list, please feel free to comment below!