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30 Things To Do On A No-Spend Weekend

30 Things To Do On A No-Spend Weekend


Have your spending habits gotten a little out of hand? Have you had some unexpected costs arise that are forcing you to tighten your purse strings? Do you just want to be able to add more to your savings? Are you realizing that all the clutter in your home is on account of your acquiring? Or are you planning for a long-term goal? 


These are all good reasons to employ a no-spending weekend! What is a no-spend weekend you ask? It's a weekend in which you challenge yourself to spend no money by finding free, frugal and fun things to do without opening your wallet. 



I've come up with 30 activities to do on a no-spend weekend:

  1. Read a book
  2. Volunteer 
  3. Work in your yard 
  4. Organize your cabinets
  5. Sit outside with your coffee or tea 
  6. Make a new recipe 
  7. Play a board game 
  8. DIY a project 
  9. Make lists (holiday preparations, meal planning, long-range goals)
  10. Take a nap
  11. Journal
  12. Organize your photos 
  13. Explore a new park
  14. Check out a new library
  15. Create a budget 
  16. Skype with a friend 
  17. Find a new Instagram account to follow 
  18. Clean out your car 
  19. Have an impromptu dance party in your pajamas 
  20. Call a distant relative 
  21. Floss (We all know you don't do it on a regular basis!)
  22. Purge your closet 
  23. Go for a run/walk in a different part of town
  24. Take some silly selfies 
  25. Make a vision board 
  26. Do a puzzle 
  27. Find a park bench and people watch
  28. Listen to a podcast 
  29. Make a family time capsule or start a memory jar 
  30. Rearrange the furniture


Do you have any that you'd add to the list? How would you spend your no-spend weekend?


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  • Interesting how a "no-spend weekend" list of activities dovetails with a "reduce stress" list of activities!
    10/4/2018 7:23:50 AM Reply
    • @Hazel Thornton: Oooo, good correlation! Most definitely, Hazel. :)
      10/5/2018 1:43:19 PM Reply
  • I like going for a bike ride, hike or walk with a friend.
    10/1/2018 8:30:43 PM Reply
    • @Julie Stobbe: Being outdoors is a great way to have fun, feel free, and be frugal!
      10/5/2018 1:44:16 PM Reply
  • I like to go through my digital photos, delete the duplicates and the ones that are really no good, and tag them so I can easily find the good ones when I want them. Especially the older ones!
    10/1/2018 4:03:22 PM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: That's a good one! And with the number of photos you take, I'm sure it's a good task to tackle. But I can't imagine there'd be too many duds!
      10/5/2018 1:45:42 PM Reply
  • What a great concept of having a no-spend weekend! I can't remember the last time that happened, if at all. Partially that's because we often run a few errands on the weekend (farmer's market, dry cleaners, pharmacy.) In addition, weekends are often used for seeing friends or family, which very often involves food (cooking or going out.) So if I didn't include those types of spending, I could definitely be fine without spending money on other things. I enjoy not spending money and doing things like reading, writing, watching movies, organizing, and taking walks.
    10/1/2018 2:42:41 PM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: Sounds like you have some fun weekends with all that socializing! I love taking walks too, especially with the foliage changing and the cooler temps.
      10/1/2018 3:59:05 PM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: Sounds like you have some fun weekends with all that socializing! I love taking walks too, especially with the foliage changing and the cooler temps.
      10/1/2018 3:58:36 PM Reply
  • Great list! We enjoy bike riding on the local trail near our home.
    10/1/2018 12:30:29 PM Reply
    • @Sabrina Quairoli: Nice! I can't wait until my son loses his training wheels!
      10/1/2018 3:57:52 PM Reply
  • Sort through boxes of paper in the attic, put away outside furniture and decorations in preparation for winter, go to church, pull out dying plants from the garden, talk with my husband, bake an apple pie, watch tv, polish silver... it can be a delightfully long list! Fun topic:)
    9/28/2018 8:39:53 AM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I'm going with bake an apple pie over polish the silver! LOL ;)
      9/28/2018 10:06:36 AM Reply

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