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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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