Many people think that having fun equals spending money. Trips out with your friends, visiting attractions and booking vacations can all be expensive. The good news is, there are loads of creative ways to have fun without blowing your budget. To give you some ideas, here are a few affordable ways to have fun on a shoestring budget. 

Search for free local events 

Many locations offer regular events including fairs, festivals, craft shows and other community events. Often, entry to these events is free or low-cost and they can provide hours of affordable fun. There is likely to be a lot of exciting events in your local area, particularly if you live in a lively city. You can download an app like Eventbrite or Ticketmaster to find upcoming events taking place in your local area. Many cities also offer free activities such as walking tours or museum entry on certain days of the week, so keep a lookout for free fun in your area.

Organize a camping trip 

Organizing a camping trip is a fun way to spend time with your friends and enjoy the great outdoors. The best part is, camping is budget-friendly and you shouldn’t need to spend much money, especially if you already own a tent. If you don’t have camping equipment, then you can keep costs down by borrowing a tent from someone you know or looking for a second-hand tent for sale. Make sure that you pack everything that you will need for your trip including warm clothing, food, medical supplies, etc. Going camping is the ideal opportunity to do fun outdoor activities like hiking or sailing. 

Host a party at home

Regular social activities like going out for meals or drinks with friends can become a significant monthly expense. Instead of going out, invite your friends over and host a party at home. Staying in is much more budget-friendly than a night on the town. You can make the event even more affordable by asking your friends to bring their own booze. Serving up nibbles and party food is also typically a lot cheaper than doing a sit-down meal. 

Shop in the sales 

Most people enjoy shopping but browsing the shops can quickly get expensive. Make shopping more affordable by setting yourself a budget and create a fun challenge i.e. to find the best item for under $10. Hunting for new items in the sales can be exciting and you can find some incredible bargains. You should also take advantage of sales and discounts when it comes to things like activities and travel. For instance, you can use a Travelocity coupon to save money on your next vacation. 


Having fun with a shoestring budget can be a challenge, but you shouldn’t let a tight budget stop you from enjoying yourself! Some entertainment can be expensive, but there are plenty of alternatives that are budget-friendly and just as exciting. Try some of the above ideas to have fun whatever your budget.