“Have Fun for Little or No Money”
June 28, 2011 by John Manni & Doug Barton
Being unemployed almost surely means cutting back on expenses. That doesn’t mean you have cut back on enjoying life. Engaging in pleasurable activities is a key factor in keeping one’s mood elevated. The better your mood, the more effective you will be in pursuing job search activities. Not to mention that you’ll relate better to family and friends.
We don’t know why, but people always seem to equate having a good time with going some place with a price tag. Movies, concerts, sports events, restaurants, amusement parks come immediately to mind. However there are scores of things to do that won’t make a dent in your budget.
Let’s start with activities that can be enjoyed at home. Some of these might seem a little corny, but remember our objective is to save money. Box games like Scrabble and Monopoly come readily to mind. You probably have half a dozen hidden away in a closet. While not as elegant as their electronic cousins, these games can be played by several people at once and are appropriate for kids, as well as adults. Games such as these can be played at a leisurely pace, are sociable even though they are competitive, and allow for conversation even while being played.
Let’s not forget about good old reliable board games like chess, checkers, Chinese checkers and backgammon. How about simple pencil and paper games like Hangman and Tic-Tac-Toe? When was the last time you played parlor games? “Fictionary” is an all time favorite among adults. Charades is another classic that youngsters get a kick out of, too.
If you’re not familiar with any of these, do a quick Google search. If you strike out, write to us and we’ll send you instructions. No doubt you have other ideas about having a good time on the cheap. Be sure to share them in the comments section below.