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Ever try to not spend a single dollar all weekend?
It’s not as easy as it sounds. In the Winter it can get even harder.
But the challenge can prove quite beneficial.
Whether you’re looking to save money or want to change things up, here’s 80 things to do on a no spend weekend in the Winter.
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80 Fulfilling Things To Do On A No Spend Weekend In Winter
- Sell items on Craigslist. Anything you wouldn’t buy again for the price you can sell it for–list it on Craigslist. Use the free app, don’t concern yourself to much with long descriptions, and list as many things as you can.
- Make a goodwill run. Go through your closets, drawers, toys, etc… and donate what you don’t use at a local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Keep the receipts so you can claim the donation on your taxes.
- Make a YouTube video. Chances are you won’t get rich off of your first video but you can earn some passive income and a valuable skill.
- Sign up for Swagbucks. You can make money by taking surveys, searching online, watching videos, signing up for special offers, and more.
- Take surveys to earn some extra cash or gift cards. Challenge yourself to see how much you can earn in a day.
- Sign up for sites which offer sign up bonuses.
- Download a coupon app like iBotta. You can submit any receipts within the past 7 days. So, if you have receipts laying around (Target, WalMart, Costco, etc…) get a few bucks back.
- Refer a friend programs. Sites like eBates, BeFrugal, iBotta, Swagbucks are free to join and have generous refer a friend programs. For example, you can earn $50 just by referring two friends to eBates. So, send out a few emails or messages on Facebook to friends you’d think can benefit.
- Start a side hustle.
- List a craft on Etsy. Even if it won’t go for much, you can learn a lot in the process. Here’s 75 craft ideas that sell well on Etsy.
- Set goals. Use a framework like Fear-Setting to set goals.
- Make a bucket list. Design a list of all the places you’d like to go, things you’d like to do, and what you’d like to learn over your lifetime.
- Batch cook healthy meals. Use what you have to batch cook healthy meals. Freeze if necessary.
- Do a new home workout. Search YouTube for a free home workout.
- Try meditating. I’ve enjoyed the 6-Phase Meditation as of late.
- Research ways to improve a habit of yours. Pick a habit (say exercising, your morning routine, or even brushing your teeth) and research ways to improve your routine.
- Watch a Documentary. If you’re not subscribed to NetFlix or can’t grab one from the library, pick one from YouTube.
- Morning Pages. This is a technique from a book that has had a big impact on my life, The Artist’s Way.
- Binge read a blog. Start with the first post and read all the way through a blog you enjoy. If you’re a blogger yourself, do the same with another blogger’s income reports for a MBA in earning money as a blogger.
- Ask yourself some good questions. You can write in your journal or talk aloud to your spouse or friend.
Things We All Put Off
- Sort your pictures. For some this may mean scanning old pictures. For others, you may want to organize and backup your photos.
- Get your Annual Credit Report. Make sure to use AnnualCreditReport.com. Related: 10 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft From Happening
- Take a look at your credit score. Use a free service like Credit Sesame to look up your credit score and learn how to improve it.
- Update your monthly budget.
- Calculate your net worth. Use a free template or a free app such as Personal Capital.
- Set financial goals. Plan for your future by setting financial goals. Download The Ways To Wealth’s Financial Goal Setting Workbook.
- Calculate your estimated retirement date. Use Personal Capital’s Retirement Planner to estimate the date you can retire.
- Start a money challenge.
- Review a home maintenance checklist. Bonus points for inserting these tasks into your calendar.
- Cancel unused subscriptions. Use a free app like Trim to cancel or negotiate your subscriptions.
- Contact friends and family you haven’t spoke to in a while. Write an email, make a phone call, or send pictures to someone you haven’t seen.
- Deep clean a room. Clean it from top to bottom, walls and all.
- Volunteer. Look for organizations in your area you can volunteer for.
- Create an electronic filing system. Scan and then shred all past important documents. Get rid of what you don’t need.
- Clean out your car. Here are some DIY car cleaner ideas.
- Organize your Spring. Make a list of Spring projects you’d like to do around the house.
- Automate your finances.
- Organize your digital life. Delete unused files/apps. Backup and remove old files.
- Plan a vacation. Use the weekend to research travel destinations you’d like to visit. Read: The Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking Hawaii.
- Make appointments. Schedule your upcoming dental, doctor, eye, etc…. appointments.
- Host a BYOB happy hour on Friday.
- Host a potluck dinner on Saturday.
- Host a board or video game tournament. Have each of your friends bring a board game of choice and rotate throughout the night.
- Organize a sporting event. Football is always great to play in the Winter. So can something lighter like Ultimate Frisbee or Disc Golf.
- Invite the neighbors over you’ve been meaning too.
- Host a movie or show night with friends. Have them bring one of their favorites or watch a show you both enjoy.
- Plan a frugal event in the future. If you can’t round up your friends this weekend, plan a frugal event in the future.
- Volunteer. Take charge and volunteer for a local organization with your friends.
- Have a cooking contest. Choose one dish that everyone has to make, then vote for the winner.
- Host a Winter bonfire.
- Visit your local library. Check out books, DVDs, magazines, or browse around.
- See whats on your community calendar. Look for free plays, sporting events, concerts, etc… going on over the weekend.
- Visit a local nature preserve. The Winter can be a great time, especially if the snow is fresh.
- Visit a free museum. Many museums have free days throughout the Winter.
- Go ice fishing.
- Go to free workout class. Most gyms and studios offer a free class.
- Take a free educational class. See if your community has any free classes. Apple Stores are also a great place to check.
- Photograph. Be a photographer for the day. Watch a few YouTube videos on how to take pictures, then walk outside and start shooting.
- Make a snow sculpture. If Snowman are to easy, try your hand at Snow Sculpting.
- Look at the lights. during the Holiday Season, search local news sites for the houses in your area with the best Christmas lights.
Learn & Create
- Learn a new skill. Get started learning a new language, pick up a musical instrument or watch a YouTube video.
- Learn a new card or computer game. Try playing a classic game like Chess or Warren Buffett’s favorite Bridge.
- Learn a completely foreign topic. Read a book or magazine on a topic you’ve never tried learning before.
- Take a Khan Academy class.
- Make a scrapbook. You can do this for yourself (e.g. organize photos for a certain trip or time and place in an album), a child, or a friend.
- Complete a puzzle. Libraries are a great resource for puzzles if you don’t have one of your own.
- Teach yourself a magic trick.
- Explore Wikipedia. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and use the random button on Wikipedia.
- Rearrange furniture. Try a new setup in a room.
- Write a short story.
- Go sledding.
- Build a snowman (or even a snowman family).
- Build a snow fort.
- Build a fort inside.
- Do a YouTube sketch. Search YouTube for something you’d like to learn to draw (my kids love alligators) and learn how to draw it.
- Make something new. As a child, my Mom would make dough in the morning which we would use for homemade bread, fried bread dough, and then pizza for dinner.
- Do a Khan Academy Class with your kids.
- Exchange babysitting. Exchange babysitting with a neighbor so you can get some time alone with your spouse.
- Create your own toys.
- Read a classic book, then watch the movie. Start a classic book during the day, then watch the movie in the evening.