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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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