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Tuesday Tips: Freebies

24. March 2009

Is the economy getting you down? Was your last royalty cheque somewhat smaller (or more absent) than expected?

I’ve been broke for more eyars of my life than I’ve had ‘enough’ money, however you want to define that.
As such, I like to think I have a fine appreciation for the free things in life.

Here are some tips to make your money go further while still not cutting back on your fun.

  1.  Read a book. You can’t beat books for value. Depending on where you live, for the price of 1-2 movie tickets, you can get anywhere between 3 and 20 hours of entertainment. And when you’re done, you can read it again! Or even better, swap with someone and get two books for the price of one. Don’t know any other readers? Try online book swapping sites like BookMooch.
  2. Attend a free lecture. Satisfy your inner geek and attend lectures on global warming, the politics of oil, vegetarianism or foreign languages. Many colleges and universities host open lectures, so check out a temple of learning near you.
  3. Get trigger-happy. You probably have access to a digital camera. Maybe just a crappy one, but still, one that works, right? Go out there and host your own photo safari! The world is a different place when seen through a lense. What fascinates you? People? Plants? Animals? Vistas? Create your own photo stories and share them with the world.
  4. Blog. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s like a public diary! Tell people your favourite stories or review the world around you. Everyone has something to say, and every story is worth hearing. Don’t like blogging on your own? Get together with a bunch of friends or colleagues and share the load around.
  5. Go for a hike. Your neighbourhood might be urban, suburban or rural, but I bet you no matter how long you’ve lived there, there are still corners of your world you haven’t peeked around. Go adventuring and revel in the simple joy of getting lost.
  6. Go geocaching. Like a bit more adventure with your nature walks? Geocaching is a fun, free way to find those hidden spots and satisfy your innner treasure hunter.
  7. Get involved in your community. Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back and reconnect with the people who live with you. From clean-ups to food drives, there’s something out there for everyone. Be socially responsible and help make the world a better place. Can’t find any volunteering spots you like? Then start your own group and get out there. you’ll be amazed how far a lot of little differences can go.
  8. Get together with your friends. Play board games. Cook together. Go for a stroll. In trying times, nothing will make you feel better than to be around people you love.

What are your best free or cheap tips to entertain yourself?

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