Advertising
Advertising

20 Activities to Do With Friends That Cost You Zero

20 Activities to Do With Friends That Cost You Zero

Socializing is very important—it helps you build your happiness and makes you feel that you don’t exist for the sole purpose of producing and making and income. The conventional ways of hanging out with your friends sometimes can be very expensive, or at least more expensive than you are able to afford.

The great news about this is that there are several activities you can do with your friends without burdening your budget.

Zero-price activities are only a matter of creativity, and can be even better than the conventional solutions.

Here are 20 of them.

1. Cinema at home

This is one of the most classic solutions. Why spend money on a movie ticket when you can just watch a movie in your house with some friends? A DVD, popcorn and drinks are just what you need for a night of good-natured enjoyment.

Advertising

2. Game night

A simple card game, UNO, Monopoly, Chess or some board games can be a great solution for building a great dynamic within the group.

3. Innovating dinner time

Instead of leaving everything regarding dinner for one person, you can always suggest that each person you invite brings a surprise food to share with the rest of the friends.

4. Video Games

For this one it’s highly recommended that you pick games that everyone can play: you might like Pro Evolution Soccer or FIFA; however, not everyone might be fond of sports video games. If you have a Wii, it can be just perfect. Mixing video games and fun games is a terrific solution to spend quality time in your own house.

5. Poker night

This is a traditional one, everyone is well aware of poker nights where you share food, laughs, probability calculations and some bluff into the mix. But for the sake of zero cost, try to play it in a recreational way and not to win money at all cost.

6. Walking in a flea market

In the era of shopping centers, these flea markets became “irrelevant.” But did you know that great products and interesting sellers will get you hooked there? Just focus on the observing, though, and don’t take out your wallet. Seeing a flea market with your friends can be a unique experience.

Advertising

7. Walking in a park

With a simple walk you can enjoy the benefits of fresh air, physical exercise and the company of your friends—all of these without spending a penny.

8. Bike-riding

If your city was built with bikers in mind, then pick yours and go for a walk with your friends. Don’t know how to bike? It’s a good pretext to start learning then!

9. Going to museums for free

There are days when the entrance for museums is free. There are several cultural masterpieces that you can see with your friends and maybe learn a thing or two regarding your ancestors’ past.

10. Skating

This one might seem as a strange suggestion, but skating represents some of the happiest moments in our youth. Why not try to remember those moments?

11. Wine-tasting

Tasting wine can be a great pleasure, combined with an amazingly good aroma and a quiet environment. Look for wine-tasting postings around your neighborhood. If you can enjoy this context, try it with some friends who appreciate the fine things in life (for free!) like you do.

Advertising

12. Local music

Some bands often held free gigs in order to increase their popularity. Listening to music is always a relaxing activity.

13. Sight-seeing

Not all cities have this possibility, but if you have, do it! Watching your city from a higher ground lets you view your surroundings in a different perspective.

14. Standup comedy

There are several comedians that do it for the sake of the art; going to a simple bar to listen to great jokes can increase your humor and boost your feel-good hormones.

15. Watching the stars

The citylights make it impossible to see the stars, so why don’t you walk to a place to admire the night sky and spend a few moments there with your closest friends? Pack a whole lot of stories—and don’t forget to bring water.

16. Volunteer service

Challenge your friends to help the unfortunate. It’s very rewarding!

Advertising

17. Sledding

Pick your sled or some plastic and make the most of it if you have snow near your city!

18. Go to the beach

Sun, sand, sea, swimming, strolls, seagulls—all of these are available depending on the season, but the beach will always replenish the energy within our bodies.

19. Picnic

A nice picnic is perfect to create excellent interaction with nature. Try it instead of an expensive restaurant; you’ll see the food tastes even better!

20. Make the most of happy hours—at home!

Your happy hours can exist outside of a bar, you know. Why not ask some of your friends to come over and tell them to bring a bottle of their favorite beverage with them?

Featured photo credit: Japanexperterna.se/Hanami picnic via flickr.com

More by this author

Lianne Martha Maiquez Laroya

Lianne is a licensed financial advisor, Registered Financial Planner, entrepreneur and book author.

How to Run an Effective Meeting: 10 Simple Ways The Ultimate Morning Routine for Success of Highly Successful People 9 Surprising Benefits Of Kimchi That Will Make You Want To Try It Now 11 Signs That Tell You It’s Time to Let Go This Old Woman Has Lived On A Cruise Ship For 7 Years

Trending in Leisure

1 18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life 2 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day 3 How to Enjoy Life In a Way Most People Don’t 4 25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are 5 30 Fun Things to Do at Home

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

Advertising

Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

Advertising

You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

Advertising

  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

Advertising

Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

Read Next