List of Things to Do

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 List of Things to Do

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List of stuff to do

I love me some list of stuff to do. Life goes so quick but it is still a good idea to put together a list of fun stuff you want to accomplish. Here are some list of things to do items I have now:

    Do your laundry
  • Then, take a wire coat hanger, bend and twist it into a small loop or two, and you’re ready to go
  • We’ve all got spaces in our living areas that accumulate junk, and it’s often a small psychological burden – we dread going in there and digging for something we need
  • Seriously
  • If you have kids, there are few things more fun than an afternoon spent building and playing in a gigantic fort in the living room
  • Go through your home and look for any little maintenance tasks that need to be done
  • Go through the photos on your phone
  • Take your phone or digital camera out with you and take pictures of anything you find interesting
  • Whether it’s baseball, football, basketball, hockey, or soccer, there’s always a pro sport in season somewhere
  • Plan a party
  • Watch TV
  • Don’t worry about being terrible at the game – as long as everyone’s just having fun, it really doesn’t matter how bad you are
  • Write an email to someone you admire
  • Online shop
  • You may not have set out to make an official time capsule 10 or more years ago, but chances are you have some old photos, high school notebooks, or other mementos stuffed in a box somewhere, whether in a closet, under the bed, or in the attic
  • Experiment with your hair
  • You’ll notice many of these suggestions don’t cost money — they simply cost time that you may not otherwise grant yourself
  • I enjoy doing both sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles
  • Do a project you’ve been putting off for months
  • Not only is it a pleasant way to get your blood going, it also beautifies your neighborhood and the surrounding area, not just for your own enjoyment, but for everyone
  • Teach yourself the army alphabet
  • Read up on current events
  • It’s amazing how much you can refresh a room just by moving the furniture into new positions
  • On your money-free weekend, spend some time thinking about what belongs on this list: your biggest short- and near-term goals, both personally and professionally
  • All you need is some scrap paper and a bit of time
  • If your community doesn’t have free zoos or museums, call them and ask about opportunities for “free to the public” exhibits or “free days” — many museums open their doors for free or charge “pay what you can” admission one day a week
  • Listen to music
  • Learn how to give a proper foot massage
  • This might be a boring task now, but if you can invest some time and trim $50 from your monthly bills for free, your future self will be very happy
  • Take your child, or a child of a family member or a friend, to the local park
  • Use your pictures and other elements to create unique greeting and holiday cards, then save them for the appropriate occasion
  • An hour spent playing fetch or Frisbee with a dog or rubbing its belly is an hour well spent, and the same can be said for time spent curled up petting a cat
  • Meditate
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  • Do sit-ups
  • Clean your makeup brushes
  • For example, if you buy V8 Fusion as the default fruit juice for your kids (it’s far healthier than almost anything else like it that you could give them) and you spy a $1-off coupon for a bottle, every coupon you scavenge is like finding a dollar bill, and it costs you nothing
  • Write down a few love notes
  • Hosting a yard sale or garage sale is a great way to spend a money-free weekend — and a potentially lucrative one at that
  • Figure out your next girls’ trip
  • If you’re reading this, you’re probably at least a casual reader of at least one blog
  • Get permission from the city to do this before you try it – ask if you can block off a street for a block party on a certain date
  • Look at your town’s website (as well as those of cities and towns nearby) or stop by city hall to find a list of events going on in the community, many of which are free
  • Take a peek at Genealogy
  • All of that for just a pen and an old notebook? It’s a great free way to spend some time
  • It doesn’t cost anything to post your favorite photos on Instagram or Twitter, of course
  • Put it all in the box, tape it up securely, and write a date on the outside saying when you’re allowed to open it — say, 10 or 15 years from now
  • Speaking of the gym, go!
  • Part outdoor adventure, part treasure hunt, Geocaching — hiking in search of hidden “caches” you can track by their GPS coordinates — is one of our family’s favorite frugal activities
  • All you need is a bunch of spare cloth (old shirts will even work, as will old curtains, old sheets, and so forth), some needles, thread, scissors, and some friends
  • In fact, you can get a college-level education on virtually hundreds of topics for free online
  • Almost every town has a community swimming pool, public pond, or some sort of area where residents can swim – lacking that, go to a state park with a public swimming area
  • Study a map of your neighborhood
  • Start learning a new language
  • Not only is this way cheaper than eating out or buying convenience foods, it’s also healthier — and it can be more social, too
  • Go to MIT’s OpenCourseWare, find a topic you’re interested in, download a bunch of MP3s of lectures on the topic, and listen to them while you’re doing household chores
  • Find a small box, and then walk around your house gathering items that represent the reality of your present-day life: A newspaper or magazine, photographs, recent receipts, last week’s grocery store list, letters or greeting cards, and so on
  • That hot new restaurant you’ve been hearing so much about? Book a reservation
  • All you need is a barrel or a large bucket (or, if you live in the country, some open space)
  • Learn how to tie a
  • No need to organize a formal activity
  • Make a movie
  • Use your car manual as a guide for the procedure and you might just find it’s both a lot easier than you thought and a useful skill to have — plus it’s cheaper than taking your car to Jiffy-Lube
  • Try your hand at painting
  • Go through your cupboards and find any items that might have slipped to the back over time
  • Do you want it all to stay with family members? Do you want to remember a charity? Then, when you’ve figured it out, sketch out the basics of a will
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  • If you like reading and know other friends that enjoy it, too, consider starting a book club with them where you all read the same book for a week then meet to talk about it
  • Research the interesting historic and cultural sites in your town, then go on a walking tour of them
  • That restaurant you’re going to next week? Look up
  • Whether you want to make homemade birthday cards, thank-you cards, or Christmas cards, all you really need is some card stock or some cheap blank cards from your local dollar store, plus some photographs (or a desktop printer)
  • Ever wish you knew how to juggle? All you really need is three balls, a video showing you how to do it — and time to practice
  • Find out what’s actually buried in there and get rid of the unimportant items
  • For example, the one hundred push-ups routine is very useful, but you need to couple it with other exercises, such as leg lifts, prone lifts, and jogging
  • Meditation is a spectacular way to push stress out of your life and calm yourself
  • Go through your collection, determine which items you’d actually like to keep, and get rid of the rest
  • This is a thought process that many people put off, but it makes you feel quite relieved when it’s done, adding to your peace of mind and relaxation
  • Join a recreational sports team
  • With Amazon Prime you have access to “The Wire,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Veep,” “The Sopranos,” “Catastrophe,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Americans,” “Veronica Mars,” and many others
  • There are countless volunteer projects out there that need nothing more than your time
  • Just visit Geocaching
  • Order a small set of hand weights
  • If you have a digital scanner at home, put it to use and scan that pile of old prints you just dug out
  • By this, I mean a book that genuinely challenges both your beliefs and ideas as well as your language skills
  • Spending some time with your partner discussing goals can go a long way towards getting you both on the same page in your relationship
  • All of us have some advice or some stories inside of us that we want to someday share with our children, grandchildren, or other loved ones
  • Research places to volunteer
  • Organize something
  • Find a podcast
  • If you get the Sunday paper, scavenge the coupons out of it, see if there are any for products you normally buy, and chuck the rest
  • Stretch
  • You can start a blog for free using WordPress or Blogger
  • If you’ve sorted through your stuff to clear out the clutter, but don’t want to have a yard sale, consider giving the stuff you don’t want to charity
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  • The Smithsonian Museum in Washington is free to the public
  • This is a perfect activity for an afternoon with friends and relatives, and it costs basically nothing at all
  • A cold or rainy weekend is perfect for plowing through episode after episode of an addictive or amusing show
  • Really interested in politics? There are a lot of ways you can work for a campaign from your own home whenever you have the spare time (like during a money-free weekend)
  • Even if you’re not a believer, attending a religious service can be a worthwhile educational experience
  • Invite some friends over and ask them each to bring one of their favorite DVDs
  • Do a puzzle
  • Paint your nails
  • Many towns have community sports fields where both youth and adult sports leagues and activities are regularly going on throughout the weekend
  • Visit
  • Try to assemble a family tree, and see if you can link to any distant cousins or long-lost family members
  • This is another great way to have family fun with kids
  • Got kids? Try something like the Home Depot Kids Workshop, where they offer free how-to clinics, crafts, and projects for kids ages five to 12
  • Popular series available for streaming on Netflix include “Stranger Things,” “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Arrested Development,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Master of None,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Sherlock,” “Lost,” and even old favorites like “Cheers” and “Friends
  • Write a poem
  • To me, there are few things more enjoyable than holding a very young baby
  • Step out your front door and go in whichever direction looks the most interesting
  • One great way to ensure that you’re consistently making financial progress is to build your own net worth calculator
  • Call an old friend
  • If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the process of producing a television show, most communities offer the resources for you to do just that
  • Around here, we have several free newspaper options – Toons and Cityview are both well worth reading
  • You can also allow yourself some time to get lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole — when you look up a tidbit of history, then start clicking deeper and deeper to learn more about related events and interesting historical subplots
  • Once you know how to juggle, you can always win a smile
  • Make some flower arrangements
  • If you already have a bunch of basic food staples on hand, spend some time cooking some meals in advance to store in the freezer
  • Go down the slide
  • Wash your windows
  • Many performance groups hold dress rehearsals before opening night that are free and open to the public if you call in advance, particularly if you have young children
  • Here’s a maintenance checklist that can give you some ideas as to what to look for
  • Learn about the wine you like to drink
  • To play the wonderfully disorderly sport often portrayed in “Calvin and Hobbes,” all you need is a ball (or a few balls), some number of children, some open space, and a good imagination
  • Many cities and colleges have free educational attractions, such as museums or zoos
  • A 101 Goals in 1001 Days list is an effective way to codify all the things you’d like to do in one place, so that when you have spare time, you can just turn to the list and do what’s next on it
  • Start a blog
  • This is a great way to use up some scrap paper, particularly old newspapers
  • A deck of cards and a few friends are all you need for a fun afternoon
  • Start a garden
  • Look through old family photos
  • Go to a garden
  • If you know already that some people will be on your Christmas list, why not spend some time now making them interesting and thoughtful gifts and saving yourself some money over the long haul? Make them some homemade soap, some homemade hot chocolate mix, and maybe a bottle of homemade beer as a gift
  • Make lists
  • Make a pros-and-cons list of having children
  • Learn something new
  • Update your résumé
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  • Create an emergency plan for yourself
  • Many institutions and stores offer free classes on the weekends on all sorts of topics
  • Go to the library
  • Learning to knit requires two needles (a dollar, or probably free if your closet looks anything like ours), some yarn (extremely cheap and also a potential back-of-the-closet candidate), a lot of patience, and an instructional video or two
  • One great way is to get involved with a phone bank
  • You probably have everything you need to make a loaf of bread in your kitchen right now (except for maybe the yeast – in which case you can make a quick beer bread with just four ingredients)
  • Watch music videos
  • Not only is the gift less expensive than what you’d spend at your local department store, it’s also more thoughtful, and it’ll save you time during the harried Christmas season
  • Almost everyone has a long list of things to do “when they have time
  • Card tricks are a fun way to entertain people in almost any situation
  • All too often, we tune out our immediate surroundings during our rushed commute to work or school
  • If they’re a bit older, build two forts (on opposite sides of the room) and have “fort wars” – toss small beanbags and pillows back and forth
  • If you haven’t already, download the
  • Quite often, you’ll find that it’s the simple things that really help – reaching something on a high shelf or managing a simple household task
  • Get a friend (or a pet) and dig out that old Frisbee from your closet, then head out to an open field and toss it around
  • This may not sound like a fun activity up front, but the peace of mind it gives you will make your life a lot more relaxing
  • Change up your décor scheme
  • My favorite podcasts include The Splendid Table (on food topics), Marketplace (on economics and business), RadioLab (scientific and philosophical ideas), Fresh Air (interviews of general interest), This American Life (quirky general interest stuff), and This Week in Tech (technology news), among many others
  • There’s nothing better than sitting all relaxed in a chair with a soft, sweet-smelling newborn in your arms
  • Podcasts are perhaps the best free entertainment out there: top-notch audio programs available to you for free
  • FaceTime a best friend
  • Strengthen your brain
  • Put together a time capsule
  • Visit Unroll
  • Write in your journal
  • If you’re a computer programmer, there are few more intellectually stimulating ways to get involved in your passion than to be involved in an open source programming project
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  • It’s never too early to start thinking about your next Halloween costume
  • We have a pile of board games, mostly received as gifts, that we often pull out and play; our closest friend has a few choice ones as well
  • Really, is there any way to have more fun than that for free? It’s fun, romantic, great exercise, and it can help heal any relationship problems you might be having
  • A great massage is incredibly relaxing and enjoyable, but they can also be really expensive
  • Put together a care package
  • Not only is this a chance to catch up with another person who’s important to you and firm up your relationship, it can also be a very entertaining and enjoyable way to spend an hour or two
  • If you have a rotating screensaver of pictures, scanning in old prints and adding them to the rotation will make your screensaver all the more amazing
  • Look around your house for a fun book to read, perhaps something loaned to you by a friend or something you received as a gift, and curl up and let yourself be sucked into the story
  • It’s never been easier to learn so much about so many different topics for free
  • Not only is a library a warehouse of books, most libraries also have extensive CD and DVD collections you can check out – perfect for a binge-watching weekend
  • Geocaching is part outdoor adventure, part treasure hunt
  • Spend a few hours trimming your monthly expenses
  • Many cities have a free newspaper that you can snag at the grocery store – some cities have quite a few of them
  • Design and build a bunch of different paper airplanes, then have a competition in the back yard to see which one flies the best
  • Your neighbors could not only become your friends, they could also be a valuable resource – a friendly pair of eyes on your property when you’re away or a helpful set of hands when you’re trying to complete a challenging task
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Make something!
  • You can also watch thousands of TED Talks online — short, dynamic, and often inspiring lectures on an incredible range of interesting subjects, from personal experiences to sociology to groundbreaking scientific research
  • Get lost on Pinterest
  • Share your knowledge! All you need is a camera that captures video or a smartphone and (optionally) some video editing software – much of which is open-sourc and available free, in app form or online (such as OpenShot or Shotcut)
  • Just mix one part liquid dish soap with 15 parts water to make a homemade bubble solution
  • Set up an online dating profile
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  • Related: Using Meditation or Prayer to Help Achieve Financial and Personal Goals
  • Grab a card
  • Dance
  • Figure out your escape route if there is a fire
  • Sign up for a class
  • Make
  • Start organizing your home
  • All you need is some floor space and a blanket to do most yoga poses
  • Not only will all this advanced planning save you a ton of money, it can actually be a lot of fun researching a potential trip and it gives you more time to get excited about it
  • You could even take this time to start up a side gig as a pet sitter, and make some extra cash on your money-free weekend
  • Bake
  • Clean up the house
  • Make an effort to introduce yourself to your neighbors if you don’t know them very well
  • Dig deep in the archives of one of your favorite blogs
  • Take a power nap
  • In other words, spend some time in nature collecting items of interest (like particular rocks) or making observations of things
  • Plan your next trip
  • If your car’s due for an oil change, just bring home the oil and oil filter you need and teach yourself how to do it on your own
  • When you think about it, soccer is perhaps the simplest, most adaptable game in the world: All you need is some open space, some friends, and a ball (but even an old can works in a pinch)
  • There’s always a person or two in your life that could use a helping hand, but often are too proud to ask
  • Move the contents around regularly and keep it a bit moist
  • Start off by writing a script for yourself, then turn on the camera and follow your script
  • Go on a walk
  • Read a book
  • Let’s face it, we start to forget some things — especially the little details — as we get older
  • Offer your help to a friend in need
  • Yes, you can find an instrument for free — and learn how to play it for free as well
  • Think about some options for your next trip and what you want to do in general, then start researching the specifics online
  • I recommend trying out any of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels or any essential work of philosophy to get started
  • One great afternoon project that will provide aesthetic value for years is deep cleaning a single room in your house, ideally the room you’re in most often
  • Try making a scarf for a friend or a small blanket for a new baby in the home of a friend or a family member
  • Doubt this can be free? There are a lot of ways to learn a foreign language online, from podcasts that teach language skills, to apps like DuoLingo and Language Zen, to YouTube videos and many other free language learning opportunities
  • This one’s pretty easy
  • Spend an afternoon drafting emails to professional contacts, just to see what they’re up to and to let them know what you’re up to
  • Most basic exercises – push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, and so forth – require no extra equipment at all

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