Can you still have fun and not spend a penny?
i suppose i am a minimalist nerd, since something i do for fun is clean out my closet, or empty a drawer and remove unnecessary contents. i find it relaxing, and beneficial in the long run.
i also love shopping – just browsing, looking at new clothes in boutiques, games in toy shops – it actually reminds me of things i already own that i may have forgotten. for example, i was in a game shop and was tempted to buy a puzzle because it looked so shiny and new on the shelf. but instead i decided to go back home and do one of the puzzles i already own – an activity i wouldn’t have thought of so easily without visiting the puzzle shop first!
Look around you. What kind of things can’t you buy with money? How much do they mean to you?
going out and seeing what does cost money reminds me of what i can do with what i already have. i could go out to eat, or i could experiment with cooking. i could buy wrapping paper or i could make it myself out of recycled magazines and things around the house. finding an alternative to spending money requires creativity, it requires a process, an experience. and whether you choose to spend money or not, such activities are generally better enjoyed in the company of your friends 🙂