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20 No Spend Weekend Activities We Love

Posted on September 16, 2022 at 9:20 AM by Noa Finken

With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, it can be easy to get carried away with your spending, and the convenience of fast food and online shopping certainly doesn’t help. Because of this, many people are opting to do no spend weekends.


If you’re looking for a creative way to save some cash and be more mindful of your money, you may want to give it a try.


What Is a No Spend Weekend?

It’s exactly what you think it is— a savings challenge in which you aren’t allowed to spend money for an entire weekend. You can do this individually or as a family.


The key to successfully completing this challenge is planning. Put your list of ideas and necessary supplies together and create a plan ahead of time. You’ll also want to be sure to buy groceries (only essentials) and pay upcoming bills before the weekend.


Although a no spend weekend may seem daunting, it’s a great budgeting tactic, and with our list of frugal yet fun activities, you may even end up enjoying it.


20 Things to Do During a No Spend Weekend

  1. Learn a new skill— YouTube tutorials can be very helpful
  2. Watch a movie or show
  3. Look through old photos
  4. Catch up with a friend or relative you haven’t talked to in awhile
  5. Read a book or magazine
  6. Go through your closet— donate or sell clothes you haven’t worn in awhile
  7. Watch the sunset
  8. Clean your car
  9. Attend a free community event— check out Discover Ames if you’re in the area
  10. Volunteer
  11. Go on a hike or walk
  12. Organize your junk drawer
  13. FaceTime or Skype someone
  14. Finish a page in a coloring book
  15. Visit a park
  16. Listen to a podcast or music playlist
  17. Play a card or board game
  18. Exercise at home
  19. Have a picnic
  20. Do a DIY photoshoot


Can you think of any other activities? Leave a comment below!


Noa Finken

Marketing Specialist


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