10 Activities for Under $10

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The holidays are coming up which means I will continuously find myself with less and less money. Since we are trying to buy a new car and a new computer, I have even less money than usual. I’m creating a list of 10 things hubs and I can do for $10 or less so when Friday night comes around, we have other options other than catch up on episodes of our favorite shows on hulu (although that is super fun annd is actually one of my 10 things). If you have any other ideas I would love to hear them, just leave them in the comments below.

  1. Play on the Wii. Are we the only ones that pay $30-50 for a Wii game, play it a few times and then forget about it? We could all have a night of free fun if we pulled out all those games and had a video game night.  Our favorite is Super Mario Bros and Just Dance (although hubs always has to be a little tipsy before he’ll play that one).
  2. Go dancing at Incahoots. This is not something the hubs does, so I always go with my girlfriends. Incahoots is a line dancing bar in Fullerton. The cover is only $5 and you can get a beer for under $5 as well. Its got a very laid back, cowboy feel. If you don’t know how to line dance, don’t worry. They do a good mix of easy and challenging songs, so when they play an easy one just get on the dance floor and start moving. Sometimes people will help you out and call out the moves for you. Its a ton of fun!
  3. Date night at the Grand Californian. It takes some convincing, but every once in a while the hubs will indulge me on this one, especially around holiday season. We wait for a cool night, grab some hot drinks and sit in the lobby of the Grand Californian. Its beautiful on any day of the year, with its big stone fireplaces, comfy chairs and stunning craftsman architecture. During Christmas its even better with wreaths, craftsman ornaments and a huge Christmas tree in the center of the lobby. Throughout the year there is often someone playing the piano which adds to the ambiance. The hotel lobby is accessible from Downtown Disney so you don’t need to have a park ticket or be guest to enjoy the lobby. You do have to pay for parking in Downtown Disney, but I believe the first 2 or 3 hours are free.
  4. Tackle that long ignored cleaning project. I know this doesn’t sound super fun, and to be honest its not, but you’ll feel so much better afterwards. I’ve been really cutting back on spending for the past two weeks and seriously, my apartment has never been cleaner. I cleaned out my closet, Joe tackled some of the nasty carpet stains and we’ve both been working on deep cleaning the kitchen. Plus there are definitely ways to make cleaning fun. Just by doing it together and knowing someone else is in the same misery you are makes it ten times less bothersome. Try turning on some music, talking about your day or playing 20 questions as you work.
  5. Find a new park and take the dog for a walk. Despite her small size, our dog has to be walked every day or she gets to excited and wakes us up in the middle of the night. Whenever possile we walk her together. It gives everyone excercise and gives us a chance to talk without many distractions. There are lots of great parks in Tustin/Irvine area, so when we get bored we just find a new one!
  6. Host a game night. Technically, this could be a free activity, especially if you already have a bunch of board games. But if you want people to keep coming back to your game nights, its usually a good idea to serve some snacks. But keep it simple and keep it under $10. Encourage other people to bring board games and snacks and you’ll have a variety of awesomeness.
  7. Volunteer. Since school and work have been keep the hubs super busy, I’ve filled my time by volunteering. I am doing a couple writing projects for local non profits. There are a ton of volunteer opportunities for people of every age, skill and background. Visit your cities website, ask local churches or just Google “volunteer opportunities in ____.” You’ll be sure to find something that sparks your interest. And if you and your friend or significant other can do it together, even better.
  8. Camp in the backyard. Ya, this is something kids usually do, but why can’t grown ups? We got a whole bunch of camping stuff over the summer and I ate to see it just sit there until next summer. I think it would be a ton of fun to set up our tent, cook up some camp food, and have a night of card games and no electricity. MMmmm what an idea…I’ll let you know how it turns out.
  9. Cook together. You’ve got to eat, right? You might as well make an event out of it. In order to save money, take inventory of what you already have in your cupboards. Then use an app like Epicurious to find recipes that use those ingredients.
  10. Check your local library. Sadly, the public library is an often overlook community hub. They often have free lectures, classes and clubs for people of all ages on a variety of different topics. Check your library’s calendar of events to see what you can participate in. (P.S. this is also a great place to volunteer).

Well, those are my ideas. What are yours?

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