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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 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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