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50 Fun Night-Out Ideas For $10 Or Less

50 Fun Night-Out Ideas For $10 Or Less

If you’re like most people, frugal living isn’t merely a cash-savings tool but a necessity. But who says you can’t have a fun night-out without spending wads of cash? Whether you’re looking for frugal family friendly adventures, budget proof date night ideas or cheap and easy weekend fun with your BFF’s, here’s 50 ideas to get you started.

Keep Your Finger on the Pulse of the Community

Most cities are overflowing with community events that are cheap or free for your enjoyment.

1. Check out your library schedule for family-friendly book readings, educational seminars, and more.

2. Go to a downtown art festival and admire how crafty your fellow citizens are.

3. Bust a move at a downtown concert series.

4. Ask your local grocery store if they offer cooking classes.

5. Enjoy (or even participate in) holiday parades with your kids.

6. Scream and shout on exhilarating rides at your county fair.

7. Visit a student art gallery at your local college.

8. Get your knowledge on at a local museum (hint: check their schedule for discounts). 

9. Volunteer your efforts to a community cause you care about.

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10. Compete in a local 5K or obstacle race.

Enjoy the Beauty of Nature

Nature is an easily-accessible gift that is free-of-charge 24/7. The only limit to enjoying nature is your own imagination, but here are some ideas to get your wheels turning.

11. Go camping under-the-stars, start a fire, and tell ghost stories.

12. Print off a sky map and look for planets and constellations. Feeling romantic? Take your love out to a secluded area with a blanket, a bottle of champagne, and a telescope.

13. Walk on a beautiful trail and enjoy the changing colors.

14. Take your partner on a picnic with a home-cooked dish or take-out.

15. Find a hiking trail suitable for your fitness level and admire a waterfall or mountaintop.

16. Take your puppy to a local dog-park so it can make some new friends.

17. Curl up with a good book next to a lake or river.

18. Looking for a new hobby? Bird-watching is tons of fun!

19. Wander through a corn maze (make it a haunted one if you have the guts for it).

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20. Check the schedules of your area parks and go to a star-gazing event at a planetarium or plant and animal life presentation by a local park ranger.

Are You Not Entertained?

Whether you want to laugh to your heart’s content or dance the night away, I’ve got you covered.

21. Laugh away at a stand-up comedy routine by aspiring comedians in your hometown.

22. Belt out a tune at a karaoke night in a local restaurant or bar.

23. Feel classy while enjoying the sound of a local symphony or orchestra.

24. Grab some coffee and dessert and enjoy community talent at an open-mic night at a nearby coffee house.

25. Take your kids to a children’s play performed by a local community theater, high school, or college.

26. Get a sitter and take your partner to a more risque theatrical production (or if you’re feeling daring, audition for a community play yourself!). 

27. Enjoy a matinee movie to get the same Hollywood experience at a steep discount (if you really want to save dough, eat a home-cooked lunch before you go and go out for a simple dessert after the show). 

28. Shake it like a Polaroid picture at a local dance club.

29. Play the video games you loved as a child at an area arcade. You could even challenge your partner to a game of ski-ball, air hockey, or pool.

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30. Sip on some booze at a local wine-tasting event (and if that doesn’t quite do the trick, go enjoy Happy Hour at your favorite restaurant immediately after). 

Be Sporty (as Viewer or Participant)

If you’re a sports fanatic, you have tons of fun things you could be doing! You could also move your body to let off some steam, burn some calories, and have fun with your friends.

31. Go outside for a few minutes after work and teach your children to properly toss a baseball, football, or Frisbee.

32. Watch local high-school football games and cheer on the home team.

33. Challenge your friends to a game of bowling.

34. Take your love out for a fun game of miniature golf.

35. Admire the changing leaves at your park during a game of Frisbee golf.

36. Invite your friends to a local sports bar on game day.

37. Play Hide-and-Go-Seek, Tag, Red Rover, or Mother May I outside with your kids. 

38. Take your date to a tennis court, batting cage or driving range and let out some aggression together.

39. Join a local basketball league at your area gym or YMCA.

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40. Get rowdy at a minor-league hockey game.

Get Your Nom Nom On

Eating out doesn’t have to eat up your budget. Here are some creative ways to dine-out on a budget.

41. Go out to a local hole-in-the-wall diner.

42. Chow down at a fundraising dinner sponsored by an area charity, civic club, or church.

43. Eat dinner at home and go out for dessert at an ice cream parlor or pastry shop.

44. Research area restaurants to find out which ones offer free meals for kids to save some dough.

45. Throw a party, invite some friends, and ask everyone to bring a single dish or bottle of wine.

46. Invite your partner to that super classy restaurant but split a dish (because portions are out of control anyway!). 

47. Enjoy a tasty cappuccino or espresso at a local coffee bar and bring a deck of cards.

48. Take a stroll downtown and grab a bite at a food cart or hot-dog stand.

49. Surprise your kids with a delicious treat at a candy shop.

50. Prepare some home-made fudge, stuff it in your purse or jacket pocket, and sneak it into a movie (take that, outrageous concessions prices!). 

I hope these fun-and-frugal night-out ideas help you save some dough. How do you have a fun night-out when cash is tight? 

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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