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Looking for something fun to do this weekend but don’t want to spend a lot of money?
There are plenty of cheap things you can do that are enjoyable.
In this post, I share with you 51 cheap fun things to when bored on the weekend that won’t break your budget.
From exploring your city to playing games with friends, there is something for everyone.
So get ready to have some fun!
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51 Cheap Fun Things To Do When Bored On The Weekend
Things To Do On A Friday Night When Bored
After a long week, you might not have the energy or the desire to do much on a Friday night.
The good news is that there are a lot of low key activities you can do alone, with family members, or with friends.
Just scroll through the list and pick the ones that interest you the most.
#1. Invite Friends Over For Dinner
A simple fun idea to try is having friends come over for dinner.
You don’t need to make an elaborate meal here either.
You could order some pizzas or even grill some hot dogs and hamburgers.
And if you think you might make this a regular event, you can make the dinners a potluck affair.
Here everyone brings a different dish, like a main, a side, and a dessert.
This keeps costs low and allows anyone to attend even if money is tight.
#2. Have A Game Night
Here is a great option that my friends and I always use.
We have game nights on a regular basis.
We rotate between houses and pick board games that we each have.
The games bring a new element to us catching up and helps us to create new memories going forward.
You can even combine this with the idea above and have a dinner night and play board games afterwards.
#3. Find Live Music
Live music is a great option if you want to get out of the house but don’t want to spend too much money.
There are plenty of bars and clubs that have live music on the weekends.
Do a little research ahead of time and find out which ones will have bands playing that you like.
Then, all you have to do is show up, enjoy the music, and maybe buy a drink or two.
#4. Play Card Games
If you’re looking for something low-key to do, card games can be a great option.
You can either play them with friends or family or play by yourself.
And there are many options including solitaire, bridge, spades, and more.
So break out the deck of cards and have some fun!
#5. Redecorate A Room
This idea will most likely take you longer than just Friday night, but I put it here as it allows you the entire weekend to complete it.
In some cases, you might just rearrange furniture.
Other times, you might want to paint the room another color.
By starting on Friday, you increase the odds of being done before the work week and adding one more thing to your to do list.
#6. Play Miniature Golf
Mini golf is a great option whether you’re by yourself or with friends.
It’s usually pretty cheap as well and can provide an hour of entertainment.
And if the weather isn’t cooperating, many places, including shopping malls, now have indoor courses.
#7. Take A Ghost Tour
If you’re looking for something a little spooky, consider taking a ghost tour.
These tours can be found in most cities and often give you a history of the city as well.
And if you’re really brave, some places offer haunted house tours as well.
#8. Get Lost On Wikipedia
I personally love doing this.
I pick a topic that really interests me and then visit Wikipedia to read about it.
Most times, there are plenty of links to other related topics in the article that I click through to learn more about.
And those articles have more links to click through.
I do have to warn you, you can get frustrated as sometimes you will have so many articles you want to read, you lose track of some of them.
#9. Go To Bed Early
I know this doesn’t sound fun, but hear me out.
Most of us don’t get nearly enough sleep.
So by calling it a night early, you can get some extra sleep to help your body relax and heal.
Now I’m not saying you need to go to bed by 8pm, but going to bed by 10pm isn’t the worst thing.
#10. Learn A New Skill
Have you always wanted to learn how to knit, play the guitar or other musical instrument?
Now is your chance!
Look for local classes that you can take.
Many community centers offer affordable classes on all sorts of things.
You might even find colleges offering online courses or even a YouTube channel that will teach you the new skill for free.
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And who knows, maybe your new skill will turn in to new hobby for you.
From arts and crafts to cooking to learning a foreign language, there is likely something for everyone.
#11. Play Pool
Pool is a great idea to play with friends.
It’s usually pretty cheap to get in and the games can last for hours.
Plus, it’s a sport that everyone can participate in no matter what their skill level is.
So gather some friends, head to the pool hall, and have some fun!
#12. Break A Guinness World Record
This one is a bit more difficult, but if you have the time and resources, why not try to break a Guinness World Record?
You can look up records that have already been set and see if there’s one you think you can beat.
Or, you can come up with your own record to attempt to set.
Either way, it’s a fun way to spend your time.
#13. Play Charades
Charades is another great game to play with family or friends.
It’s a classic for a reason and can be played with any number of people.
So break out the charades cards and have some fun trying to guess what your friends are acting out!
#14. Make A Photo Album
Do you have a lot of pictures on your phone?
Maybe some unorganized print photos in a box?
Why not make them into a photo album?
You can head to a craft store and buy a traditional album and place the photos in them or you can jump online and create photo albums using your digital photos and have it sent to you.
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Bonus points if a friend or family member has an upcoming birthday that you can make an album for them as a gift.
Things To Do On A Saturday When Bored
Saturdays can be a very boring day.
You have the entire day and evening to fill with things to do.
This can overwhelm some people and lead them to not taking any action.
The result is boredom.
Here are some low cost things you can do to make your Saturday more lively.
#15. Organize Your House
Are there pile of clutter around your house?
Maybe your clothing is out of control or your kitchen is a mess.
Now is a good time to organize.
If your entire home is a mess, don’t feel overwhelmed as you can simply pick one room to focus on.
Find you favorite podcast or music playlist and listen to it as you organize.
I’ve found that when I start organizing, it motivates me to keep wanting organize other areas of my house.
#16. Learn About Personal Finances
If organizing isn’t your thing, maybe you can take the time to learn more about personal finances.
Pick one thing that interests you or an area where you need help the most.
For example, maybe you are in debt and need a plan to pay it off.
Or maybe you know you should be investing in your money, but you never get around to it.
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Take this time to read about and educate yourself on this topic so you can start improving your finances.
While you won’t see huge changes overnight, know that by starting to work on your financial situation, you are moving in the right direction.
#17. Read About Taxes
I know taxes aren’t fun, and I’m not asking you to become a CPA.
But understanding the basics can help potentially save you thousands of dollars.
We all hate paying them, so why not know some simple things you can do to lower your tax bill and possibly get an even larger refund?
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#18. Find A Meetup Group
If you are new in town or all of your friends are busy, you can find new friends by using MeetUp.com.
This site lists small group events in towns around you where people with like-minded interests get together.
You can find groups for mountain biking, board games, cooking, and more.
If you don’t see a group that interests you, you can always create your own too.
#19. Look For Community Events
Oftentimes, there are free community events happening in your town that you may not even be aware of.
Do a quick search online or look through your local newspaper for the local listings to find out what’s going on this weekend.
These are typically free events or have a very low entrance fee.
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#20. Have A Movie Night
Renting a movie from Redbox or streaming one on Netflix is always an option when you’re bored.
And if you want to get out of the house, many movie theaters offer matinee showings for a discounted price.
You could also invite some friends over and have a movie marathon where you watch all of your favorite films back-to-back.
#21. Start A Side Hustle
Have you considered bringing in extra money?
Whether it is to help you pay off debt, save for a house or a vacation, or just to establish an emergency fund, there is never a bad reason for making more money.
And having additional sources of income lowers your risk if you happen to lose your job.
So take this time to think about the things you enjoy doing and see if there is a way to earn money doing it.
You may be surprised with how many things people are willing to pay for.
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#22. Go Bowling
Bowling is a great activity to do by yourself or with friends.
And most bowling alleys have specials on the weekends where you can bowl for a discounted price.
Some even have events called glow bowl that start at midnight.
They turn the bowling alley into a fun atmosphere with great music and let you bowl for a low price.
Bonus points if the alley has a restaurant attached to it so you can have some appetizers and drinks while you bowl.
So put on your bowling shoes and see how many strikes you can get!
#23. Visit A Brewery
If you like trying new beers, visit a brewery in your town.
With the popularity of crafts brews, more and more small breweries are popping up all over the place.
Many of them offer tours where you can learn about the brewing process and even sample some of their products.
Some breweries also have restaurants attached to them so you can get something to eat as well.
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#24. Have A Bonfire
One of the most fun free activities is to have a bonfire.
Gather up some wood, build a fire, and roast some marshmallows.
This is a great activity to do regardless of the time of year.
And it’s also a fun activity to do with friends or family.
If you don’t have a fire pit, you can usually find one at a local park.
Just be sure to check the fire danger level in your area before you go.
#25. Pick Fruit
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go picking fruit.
There are a lot of farms that have areas where you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and more.
Some even have peach or cherry trees.
It’s a great way to spend an afternoon outside and you get to take home a bunch of delicious fruit too.
Many times they will also have other things too, like crafts and locally grown vegetables for you to buy as well.
#26. Create A Bucket List
A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you die.
It could be anything from visiting every country in the world to skydiving to eating at a five-star restaurant.
The sky is the limit.
So get creative and start brainstorming all of the things you want to do.
You may be surprised with how many things you come up with.
And once you have your list, start working on crossing items off of it.
#27. Go To A Festival Or Fair
Fairs and festivals are a great way to spend a day or weekend.
There is usually something for everyone at these types of events.
And they usually have food vendors with all sorts of delicious food.
Just jump online and search your surrounding area for them.
If you live somewhere that is relatively suburban, you should be able to find them most every weekend.
#28. Look For Shooting Stars
One of the best things about living in the country is that you can see so many stars at night.
If you’re lucky, you may even see a shooting star.
So grab a blanket, lay down in your backyard, and look up at the sky.
See how many constellations you can find.
If you’ve never done this before, you can download an app to make looking at the stars easier.
Just point your phone to the sky and it will tell you what stars you are looking at.
And as you move your phone across the sky, you can see other stars and constellations.
You may even see the International Space Station and other satellites.
#29. Take A Nap
Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re bored is just take a nap.
After all, we can’t be productive all of the time.
And sometimes we need to just relax and recharge our batteries.
So if you’re feeling bored and sleepy, just go ahead and take a nap.
You may be surprised with how refreshed you feel when you wake up.
#30. Cook A New Recipe
One of the best things about weekends is that you usually have more time to cook.
So if you’re looking for something to do, why not try cooking a new recipe or bake cookies?
You can either find one online or in a cookbook.
Or you can get creative and make up your own recipe.
Either way, it’s a great way to spend some time in the kitchen and you may even end up with a delicious meal.
#31. Read A Book
If you’re on a tight budget and looking for a relaxing way to spend some time, why not curl up with a good book?
You can either read something that you’ve been meaning to read or find a new book that looks interesting.
There are so many great books out there and it’s a great way to escape reality for a little while.
Plus, you may even learn something new.
Another great way to spend your time is by exercising.
You don’t have to go to the gym, you can just exercise at home.
There are a lot of different exercises that you can do and many of them are free.
So there’s no excuse not to get moving.
And you may even find that you enjoy it.
Have you ever heard of geocaching?
It’s essentially nature scavenger hunts where you explore your area and find hidden treasures.
All you need is a GPS device and an app and you can start looking for geocaches.
There are usually websites or apps that you can use to help you find them.
And it’s a great way to get out and explore your area.
You may be surprised with what you find.
#34. Try Something New
Is there something that you’ve always wanted to try but never seemed to have the time?
Maybe it is learning a new language or making homemade ice cream.
Now that you are bored, it’s the perfect time to try it.
And since it’s the weekend, you can do something that will take longer to do or even get to since you have two days.
So take advantage of the weekend and give something new a try.
#35. Create Your Family Tree
Are you curious where your family originated from?
Maybe you want to know if any long lost relatives live near you?
Creating your family tree is a great way to find the answers to these questions.
And since you won’t get this done in one weekend, you will have something fund to do for many weeks to come.
#36. Learn Magic Tricks
Learning magic tricks is simple and fun.
And when you do go out with friends or are at a party, you can use them as an ice breaker or to entertain others.
As an added bonus, if you have nieces or nephews, they will love seeing the magic tricks too.
Things To Do On A Sunday When Bored
Finding things to do on Sunday is harder than on Saturday only because you know you have work or school the next day.
Because of this, some people might not want to do things that take up most of their day.
Others see Sunday as a way to be lazy and recharge for the long work week ahead.
However you see your Sundays, here are a handful of ideas that will help you pass the time and not break the bank.
#37. Watch The Sunrise
One of the best free things you can do is watch the sunrise.
It’s a beautiful sight and it’s a great way to start the day.
So wake up early, grab some coffee, and head outside to watch the sun come up.
You may even want to take some photos or videos.
#38. Go For A Walk
Another great thing to do on a Sunday is go for a walk.
You can either go for a long walk or just a quick one around your neighborhood.
It’s a great way to clear your head and enjoy the fresh air.
Plus, it’s good exercise.
And if walking is too low key for you, consider a bike ride instead.
#39. Go To The Farmers Market
If you’re looking for something to do on a Sunday morning, why not go to the farmers market?
You can find fresh produce, meat, and eggs.
Plus, there are usually a lot of stands with different types of food.
It’s a great way to try new things and support your local farmers.
#40. Work On A Puzzle
Puzzles are a great way to pass the time.
You can find them in all shapes and sizes.
Plus, there are puzzles for all levels of difficulty.
What I enjoy most about doing a puzzle is the mental break it gives me.
I never finish a puzzle in one sitting, so it’s there for me for a week or so.
I work on it when I am bored or even when I am stressed.
I love coming home from work and just taking 15 minutes to put a few pieces together as it helps me to forget about my day.
#41. Go For A Drive
One of the best things to do on a Sunday when bored is to go for a drive.
It’s a great way to see new things and explore your area.
Plus, it’s usually cheaper than going out to eat or going to the movies.
I like to try to get lost in my local area.
I take roads I’ve never driven before just to see the sights and to see where it brings me too.
Sometimes doing this helps me to learn new, shorter ways to get to the places I visit often.
#42. Meal Prep For The Week
When you meal plan for the week not only gives you something to do, but it can help you save a lot of money and time too.
First, you will have meals for the week, so you won’t be tempted to order take out and spend the money.
Second, you can have the meals ready in a few minutes as you only need to reheat them, not make them from scratch.
After a stressful day at work, not having to cook is a dream come true.
#43. Take Pictures
If you enjoy taking pictures, spend time outside snapping pics.
You could walk around your town and take some unique images or find a park to take scenic shots.
You could also go on a photo scavenger hunt where you have a list of things to take pictures of.
#44. Plan A Vacation
Do have a vacation in mind you want to take?
Maybe you have no idea at all?
Spend an afternoon trying to figure out your next trip or the details that will help make it memorable.
You don’t have to book anything now if you don’t want to, but you can at least have an idea for what you want to do.
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And this can help you to start saving for it now, so you can afford it when the time comes.
#45. Go To The Library
Another thing to do is visit your local library or even a book store.
There you can walk around and find books on topics you enjoy.
You can even sit down and read a few pages to help pass the time.
And if you think you might enjoy reading the book, you can always borrow the library book or buy it to read it at home, in the park, or a coffee shop.
#46. Play Video Games
If you’re looking for a way to have some fun and relax, playing video games is a great option.
You can find games for all types of people and interests.
Plus, there are different levels of difficulty so you can find the perfect game for you.
I like to play video games when I want to take a break from the world.
I can zone out and just focus on the game.
It’s a great way to relax.
And you have plenty of options.
You can download some games on your phone, or you can buy a new video game console.
Or you can buy a retro gaming console that has the games from when you were younger.
If you’re looking for a way to give back and do something good, volunteering is the perfect option.
There are many places that need help, like a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter, so you can find one that’s close to you.
Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people and learn about different organizations.
And it feels good to know that I am doing something helpful for my community.
#48. Call A Family Member
Is there a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a long time?
If you have nothing else going on, why not pick up the phone and give them a call?
They would love to hear from you and catch up.
You might even want to set plans to get together in the future as well.
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#49. Visit A Local Museum
Museums are a great way to spend an afternoon.
And many of them have free admission days or discounted rates for students.
So if you’re looking for something to do, why not visit a local museum?
You may be surprised with how much you enjoy it.
#50. People Watch
Head to your local park or shopping mall, take a seat and just people watch.
It doesn’t cost any money and you can get a lot of enjoyment out of seeing others.
You can even make up stories about the people you see and where they’re going.
It’s a great way to pass the time.
Lastly, if you’re just not feeling up to doing anything, that’s okay.
You can veg out on the couch or stare off into space and zone out.
Maybe even go lay down and take a short nap.
At the end of the day, there is nothing wrong with being bored and just being in the moment.
There are 51 cheap fun things to do when bored on the weekend.
I’m certain you will find something on the list that will make your weekend enjoyable.
And don’t think you are stuck with doing the Friday night activities on that specific day.
I simply organized them based on how most people spend their time.
But if you want to play mini golf on Sunday, go for it.
The key thing to remember is no matter what you choose, make sure to have fun and relax.
And the next time you are bored, you will have a list of fun activities for you to overcome your boredom.