#MiddlingMarch: Free and Cheap Things I do to Have Fun

3 Apr

It’s easy to get into a rut during the middle of the semester. The homework piles up, the studying hits hard, and it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of midterms. It’s important to take breaks and have fun so that you don’t get overwhelmed by all that’s going on. But as college students, we often don’t have room in our budget to spend a lot of money on fun and entertainment. However, there are so many things to do to destress and have fun that can be super cheap or even free! Here’s my 10 favorites.

  1. Rent a movie from the library or Redbox. This is free (from the library) or costs $1.50, but is a great way to spend some time with friends, have a good laugh, and take a couple hours off from studying to relax.
  2. Write in a journal. You can buy a nice journal very inexpensively, or you can just write on regular paper. Writing in a journal is great for getting all your stresses or thoughts out on paper, and it can be a fun way to keep memories of college to look back on in the future.
  3. Go to a Farmer’s Market. I love farmer’s markets because you get to walk around outside, try some free samples, hang out with friends, and support local businesses. While these can become expensive if you’re buying something from every vendor, it’s fun to go into the day setting a small spending cap (if you want to buy anything at all), and seeing what you can buy for that amount.farmers market
  4. Learn to cook a new recipe. Learning to cook something new is fun, cheap, and a great skill. While you will have to pay for food, you have to pay for food anyway so it’s not a big expense outside of your normal budget. And if you cook extra, you have leftovers for the week!
  5. Window shop downtown. Often, the best part about shopping isn’t buying a ton of stuff you don’t need, but spending some time with friends walking and talking and looking around. Like the farmer’s market, you can even set a small money cap and treat yourself a little.
  6. Go thrifting. Thrift shopping is great because you can sell clothes and use that money or credit to buy things at that store. Not only do you declutter your closet, but you get some awesome new pieces to wear.thrifting
  7. Go to a free or cheap sporting event. If you’re part of the ZonaZoo and get into sporting events for free, go to an event that you wouldn’t normally attend, like softball, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, etc. If you don’t have a ZonaZoo pass, tickets to these events often are less than $5 and are a great way to have fun and show your school spirit!
  8. Volunteer. Tucson has so many amazing non-profits and volunteer organizations that there’s a place for everyone. These places can always use the help, it’s a great resume booster, and it’s just plain fun!
  9. Go for a hike or bike ride. Arizona, and Tucson specifically, has so many trails to explore for any level of hiker or biker to enjoy. They’re often free or very inexpensive, and it’s a way to get outside with friends and enjoy our beautiful state.



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