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10 fun things to do on a budget with friends!

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Thinking of something fun and interesting to do with friends? It doesn't have to drain your wallet, for these ideas would cost you next to nothing.

A person grilling meat on a grill with friends.

When the weekend arrives we often think of spending time with our friends as a way of relaxing and catching up on things. But if you and your friends are used to going out to clubs, pubs and eateries quite often, you'll find your expenses rising quickly. Prices are constantly on the rise and with an expensive lifestyle you'll definitely feel the pinch.

However, if you are on a tight budget or if you have decided to take charge of your finances you can still have fun with your friends. There are plenty of fun things to do that won't cost you a lot, no matter where you live. Here is the list -

1. Movie Marathon. Have a movie or a TV series marathon. You don't have to head to the cinemas every time. Netflix has lots of content on offer and with some snacks that you could prepare or get from the restaurant around the corner, you can bring the cinema experience home. If you still prefer the cinemas, make use of the buy one get one free ticket offers or discounts on ticket prices.

2. Visit the park.

Have fun at the park with a BBQ session or you could just grab some meals and have a picnic, if the weather permits. Parks have entrance tickets at prices that are quite cheap. With large empty spaces, you can even exercise or play a sport at the park and burn off those extra calories.

3. Volunteering. Sign-Up for a local charity organization or an animal shelter and devote your time towards those in need of help. Don't know where to start? Search for volunteering groups on social media. There are Facebook groups that are devoted entirely towards this cause.

4. Game night.

Have a game night which could be video games, board games, playing cards or anything else which you and your partner would enjoy. You can even head to the bowling center and have a fun game of bowling!

5. Fishing.

Fishing is a great way to spend time with your friends and has also been proven to have health benefits. Being away from life's distractions and concerns, fishing stimulates your mind while you could enjoy the nutritional value of your catch. Fish is known to be among the healthiest food sources available - high in protein and a good source of healthy fats.

A person hiking with a group of friends.

6. Camping.

Got all the stuff you need for camping? Grab them all and head out to a spot, preferably somewhere out of town. Get a camping checklist ready and jot down all the things you would need. Make sure you have an adequate supply of food and water.

7. Hiking.

Look for all the things you would require for your hike and plan ahead of time. This is a great way to relax and de-stress while being amidst nature free of all your worries.

8. A bicycle trip.

Hop onto your bicycles and have a bicycle trip around the local attractions. This is a fun way to experience the city even if you have experienced it a dozen times before. Besides, all that exercise would never hurt.

9. Scavenger hunt.

Have a game of scavenger hunt by forming into two teams and challenging each other to find items around the city. Check out Pinterest for some cool scavenger hunt ideas. Form rules such as the winning team gets treated to a dinner by the losing team.

10. Fitness class.

Sign-up to fitness classes with your friends. It is a great way to learn and get fit together. Besides, there are plenty of gyms that offer complimentary gym sessions or classes initially as part of their free trials. Related - 10 Inexpensive Date Ideas that won't burn a hole in your Wallet!

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I love this! All great fun and nothing is too expensive. Thanks for giving me some new ideas.

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