16 Fun and Affordable Activities That Are Perfect for Any Budget


There are plenty of things to do when you’re bored while making the most of your well-deserved rest. This is also for those who are just really bored and have so much time to spend. It might be things to do while you’re alone, with friends, or anything else to keep you busy.


1. Read a Book

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Bring out your favorite book and read it from cover to cover. You can also read books you haven’t read before or books that will help you learn something new, such as marketing or financial literature. It’s all a win-win situation!

2. Download an Audiobook

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If you have trouble focusing your attention long enough to read in print, consider listening to audiobooks.

3. Watch a Movie

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If you don’t feel like reading, you may watch your favorite movie or a movie version of your favorite book! This is perfect paired with some buttered popcorn and a drink.

4. Listen to a Podcast

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Don’t be surprised that podcasts may be surprisingly entertaining for you. There are ones on almost every topic available, so you should have no problem choosing one you enjoy. Podcasts may be listened to on Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, or iHeartRadio.

5. Write in a Journal

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I know we don’t usually express our emotions in writing. However, writing in a journal can help you relieve stress rather than unintentionally taking out your unexplored emotions on someone else, especially if you don’t want to be judged. You’ve gotten rid of boredom, at the same time, expressed the things you can’t speak out loud.

6. Learn a New Language

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Boredom can also be relieved by learning a new language. You can connect with your friends who speak another language to have an interactive lesson, or you can use free websites like Duolingo. This website is simple and easy to use and there are several languages to choose from!

7. Bake Some Cookies

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Nothing beats a warm cookie straight from the oven. Choose a healthy cookie recipe to experiment with or be brave to innovate with your own (who knows, you might invent a new generational recipe!). You’ve already gotten rid of boredom while at the same time satisfying your tummy!

8. Practice Yoga

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Yoga can help you focus your thoughts. You can try it at home with no equipment by using a free app or free online videos. Just don’t go any further than you feel comfortable with, especially if it’s your first time trying yoga.

9. Do a Puzzle

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Keep your hands busy if you have a lot of free time. This will divert your attention away from boredom, and completing a big puzzle feels satisfying. You can complete puzzles you haven’t finished before or buy a new set of puzzles to make it more challenging!

10. Paint a Picture

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Painting a picture is a fun way to spend your time, and YouTube has plenty of painting ideas. You may also use paints you already have on hand or buy a good set of watercolors for less than $10. You’ve already overcome boredom and might have discovered a new skill for yourself!

11. Play a Video Game

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The most common way to pass the time while bored is to play a video game. If you do not own a gaming console, don’t worry; you can play some of the entertaining games on your phone’s app store.

12. Make Pottery

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Try tossing some handmade pottery for an activity that gets your hands delightfully messy while producing something beautiful and useful.

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13. Play a Board Game

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Get rid of boredom by setting up a board game with a group of friends. You can play the classic Uno, try the Wits and Wagers, or even create your own board game to get more creative!

14. Have a Movie Night

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Make some popcorn and watch your favorite movie with your friends. With a pair of blankets and jammies, you can watch movies on Netflix or on your favorite streaming platform and relax with your friends!

15. Host a Game Night

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Hosting a game night with friends is an excellent way to beat boredom while also having to spend time with them. You may play the all-time favorite Charades and put your team’s skills to the test!

16. Organize a Karaoke Party

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Karaoke parties might seem to be effortless, but it is actually a lot of fun. The best part is that karaoke has a wide variety of songs, so everyone will find their favorite song!

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