Personal Finance, World Changers

How to Have Fun With Friends When You’re Broke

April 26, 2017 | Posted by Emily Briggs

It seems like the social norm for hanging out with friends is to do something that involves spending money. However, I don’t make enough money to fund a trip out to eat and a movie every Friday night. Nor do I make enough for bowling every Saturday or a lunch out with friends on Sunday nights.

So what is there to do? I ask myself this nearly every weekend, and here are some of the solutions I’ve come up with.

1. Create your own annual holiday ( <$5 )

Nobody really knows when exactly Spontaneous Day began, but the consensus is sometime circa 2013. Every year, on the last Saturday of summer, my friends and I set aside the whole day, 12 am to 12 am, and dedicate it to complete spontaneity.

We even make it a sort of game, where every person can earn points for their spontaneous ideas.

Last year, we started out at the dollar store. We spotted some flotational devices and decided a dip in the river in the pouring rain seemed called for! So we purchased the floaties ($1.06 per person) and rode our bikes to the nearest park.

The rain cleared up by the time we got to the river and stripped down to shorts and a tank. From then on the sun shone brightly, warming us up. Creating your own holiday dedicated to just your friend group is a great bonding experience that will last for years to come.

Stay safe out there!

2. Play a board game ($0)

Board games are a great way to pass the time with friends! It seems like hardly anyone plays them anymore, but they’re so fun. I absolutely love a nice long game of monopoly.

If regular games aren’t entertaining enough, don’t forget about video games.

3. Explore someplace new and have a picnic (<$3)

Particularly in the summer/fall, a picnic is a great way to have a good time on a tight budget. Pick a local nature preserve or some public lands. I know several kids near my school will head up to the local ski resort in the summer to explore.

Pack a sandwich or something small and a blanket and enjoy nature.

4. Volunteer ($0)

Volunteering requires some planning ahead of time but it’s free, a way to help others and fun to do with friends. Whether you’re packing lunches for the local Kids Food Basket or shoveling mulch at a nearby school, you’re almost guaranteed to have a good time.

All it takes is a bit of creativity and there are plenty of ways to have some fun. If you live near town, be sure to check the calendar for local festivals and events as well. Good luck on your search for entertainment, have fun and save money!

Emily Briggs
Hello! My name is Emily! I am 15 years old and live in Michigan. I have two puppies and 3 younger siblings. I attend Student Council and Youth Group for weekly meetings. On weekends I spend time skiing, competing in CREW (rowing) regattas or just hanging out with my friends downtown. I enjoy painting quite a bit as well. I’m grateful to be a part of the World Changers Internship!