“Do what you love and the money will come.” I don’t know who said that, but I have some questions for them. What if you love spending money? What if you have impeccable, high quality taste? Asking for a friend….Anytime now, the money shall start rolling in because I love to buy Lululemon and I am GREAT at that. I’ll buy you all a Unicorn Frappuccino when I am rich from doing what I love.
Ok – obviously I am being somewhat sarcastic (a safe assumption anytime I am speaking/writing). That said, I am the FIRST one to get sucked into buying stuff.
So I thought it would be fun to share a blog post to remind myself I can have fun without spending money share with you all some things I love that are $FREE.99.
1. Dogwalks! Or if you don’t have a dog, walks in general. I love to walk around my neighborhood with Bennie The Dog. He is busy and has a lot of bushes to pee on. I like to use that time to call my parents and annoy them with my millennial problems or listen to podcasts. Sometimes I even walk in total silence. GASP. But not that often because I hate being alone with my thoughts. (Sidebar – when I got acupuncture and was told I’d be left alone for 30 minutes I had a light freak out.) I’m sure that means I should go to therapy. Not free, so moving on.
2. Local parks/flower gardens: I have ZERO gift for cultivating beautiful plants. You know how when you buy a succulent, people say, “Oh that is a great plant! You can’t kill them!” Yes, you can. I know because I am the grim reaper of succulents. I can’t help but over water and move them around from shade to sun. My friend gave me the coolest succulent planter made of jars and I refuse to touch it more than once a month because I will kill it with love. Anyway – I love going to local flower gardens during different times of year.
3. Catching a good sunrise or sunset. I specifically plan my runs around a good sunrise if at all possible. It just starts the day off right. I also quite enjoy having a glass of wine and watching the sun set. If I can stay up that late. Also if I can trick my boyfriend into having the wine/watching the sunset with me and chatting.
4. Be a tourist in your own town. I cannot tell you how many people in San Francisco have not walked across the Golden Gate Bridge. I mean I actually can’t tell you – but it is a lot. A lot of the people I encounter. I have no factual evidence. I am just saying people who live here haven’t done it!! And they should. Because it is free and it is right here. And one day the government will probably charge for it. So hop on the internets, do a search of tourist things to do in whatever town you live in, and start checking off the list.
And if you have no friends to go do these things with, get a dog. That’s what I did. #bestfriends
These stairs are The 16th Ave Tiled Steps Project & they lead to an unreal view of the city.
5. Volunteer: Believe it or not, you can volunteer in your community without paying any money! You can go to the Humane Society and snuggle animals, you can sort food at your local food pantry, you can find a local Boys & Girls club, and many many more options. I picked volunteering with my dog because I know if I were sick in the hospital, all I would want is dog cuddles. Start with something you are passionate about and work backwards. Ask friends if they volunteer and if you can go with them. Try a bunch of different things. You will be surprised at how much fun it is and you may even make some new friends.
6. Free gym trials, classes, or trial periods: Many gyms have a free trial to test out the gym, offer a free class, or even have one day a week/month were they let folks in free of charge. It is a great way to save some money and shake up your workout routine. Remember to have patience and be an exemplary gym guest though. What I mean is: Don’t be a jerk and RERACK YOUR WEIGHTS. This is another item that might require some research, or even picking up the phone and speaking into it to someone that isn’t Siri. I know, sounds hard. You can do it.
7. Cook a meal at home: This one is KIND of cheating because food is not free. However, you have to eat or you will perish into the abyss of the universe, so I’m doing it anyway. Here is a fun way to try it: go on your local grocery store’s website (Safeway, whatever) and see what is on sale. Then look for recipes. Example: chicken sausage is on sale. Look for recipes with chicken sausage or sausage you can sub for chicken sausage. It’s kind of like Chopped for the money conscious.
This is an unimaginative meal, but you get the point.
8. Naps: Free and fantastic. I was going to say meditation, except every time I meditate, I end up taking a nap. I should probably try to meditate somewhere besides laying down in bed. But really, a 20 minute power nap can really change your day around.
9. YouTube Tutorials: I have taught myself to do so many things from YouTube. French braid my own hair, eyeliner, making this blog semi-function. I’ve taught myself Crossfit moves, and followed along with Yoga “classes” too. Things to NOT learn off of YouTube: cutting your own hair, things to do with electricity, and anything involving waxing of any kind.
10. Going outside for a run is FREE! I know we can make it very complicated with fancy watches and gear, but you actually can go outside and run around in a big circle and no one will stop you. It’s the best.
I’m re-reading this post, and a lot of these are dog themed. So, if all else fails – get a dog, then dress up and take selfies with your dog. Your welcome.