Advertiser Disclosure

Advertiser Disclosure: We may have financial relationships with companies listed on our site. We may receive compensation for placement of sponsored products or services and this may affect our decision about who to promote and where to promote them. We make every effort to be authentic and accurate with every article we write.

having fun when broke tips


6 Tips On Having Fun When You’re Broke

Having fun when broke seems like such a difficult thing to do. We do need something fun once in a while to let loose and shed stress. Here are several innovative entertainment options that don’t cost a penny for those in debt:

1.       Borrow Movies From the Local Library

Majority of local libraries offer lifetime memberships for free, or if not, at very low costs, and are a great way to continue having fun when broke. Library membership gives you free access to the internet, thousands of books and, of course, movies. If going out to the movies is too expensive for your family, just borrow a DVD (or ten) from the local library and binge watch as much as you want. Some libraries will even have complete box sets for popular television shows, so you can cancel that cable subscription and save some money.

2.       Free Live Music

Sure, getting tickets to a Taylor Swift concert will probably not fare well with your tight budget. That does not mean you have to live the next three to four years without listening to live music. Indie artists looking for recognition often hold free acoustic sessions at local bars, restaurants and clubs. Some may even play for free at concert venues. Be on the lookout for such live music events that do not require purchasing tickets.  They are usually advertised on local supermarket billboards and Facebook pages.

3.       Visits to Museums

Don’t feel bad that you can’t afford tickets to Disneyland. There are still plenty of options to entertain kids with a budget of less than 10 bucks. Plan a family outing to the local museum, which will have a treasure trove of historical information and fun facts about the place you live that kids will absolutely be intrigued by. Most museums do not charge locals an entrance fee (as your tax dollars help maintain it). The only money you’ll need will be to buy a snack or two for the kids.

4.       Romantic Picnic in your Backyard

Wondering what to do for an anniversary or Valentine’s Day without blowing your budget? How about a lovely picnic in your own backyard? It’s a great way of having fun when broke and you won’t need to travel anywhere. Besides, you’ll have all the privacy you need on your own property. However, you will have to plan in advance. Find some candles laying around, and if possible, flowers from the garden. Make the dinner at home (which will cost less and taste more delicious than at any fancy restaurant). Set up a dining area at a nice spot in the backyard, and voila, romance that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

5.       Play Games

The quintessential entertainment option for the broke and bored. Board games, especially secondhand ones, are inexpensive, but a world of fun once you really get into it.  You might even be able to borrow old games from friends for free. Grab some dollar-ninety-nine snacks and you will be entertained all night.

If you don’t even want to spend money on board games, you could do games that involve no board at all.  There are always games like charades, would you rather, and truth or dare that you could play.

6.       Having Fun When Broke is a Walk in the Park…Literally

Stop daydreaming about vacationing at someplace expensive. You can enjoy great scenery and fresh air in your own neighborhood for free. Plan a stroll in the local park to enjoy stunning flora and fauna without financial worries.

Yup, it’s easy as that. If you have any other suggestions of your own, feel free to share it in the comments section.

Photo of author

Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
Want to Say in the Loop?

Get the latest updates we offer about all things "Money" by signing up for the CashBlog newsletter.

As Seen on

The content on is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not financial advice and we are not certified financial advisors. strives to keep its information accurate and up to date, but it may differ from actual numbers. We may have financial relationships with companies listed on our site. We may receive compensation for the placement of sponsored products or services. We work hard to write authentic and accurate articles.