7 Ways to have fun on a tight budget

These days, going out with your family and friends can cost a small fortune. The last time I took my kids to the movies, I ended up forking out a few hundred bucks – for under 2 hours of entertainment! Living is expensive, but having fun shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.  


Here are a few fun things you can do without breaking your bank:

Volunteer at a local animal shelter

If you love and want to help animals, you can make a big difference by offering your time to your local animal shelter. Many shelters offer programmes, such as dog walking and pet washing. They also encourage playing and socialising with the animals, which, let’s be honest, is a benefit for both pets and people.


Grow a garden

This is a fun, therapeutic way to spend time outdoors. Whether you want to enjoy an activity in solitude or get your whole family involved, gardening is an ideal ongoing project and, in time, you will reap the benefits!


Spend a day at the zoo

The zoo is a perfect family outing. Enjoy a full day of seeing different animals with your kids! Our South African zoos have beautiful scenery and lovely spots to have family picnics. Not only is it fun, but it is also educational and reasonably priced.


Have a picnic

South Africa is home to some of the most beautiful parks. Pack some snacks and drinks and enjoy a day at the park. Most parks also allow pets, so you can bring your dog along for some outside fun too.


Enjoy a family movie night

Going to the movies with the whole family can be very expensive, so why not plan a fun movie night at home. You can prepare snacks and drinks, and get comfy and cosy with the whole family.


Go for a hike

South Africa is filled with breathtaking views and diverse landscapes; it’s no wonder people from all over the world cannot explore our beautiful country enough. What better way to view all this beauty than by foot? Put on your takkies and go enjoy a hike with your family or friends. There are fantastic trails all over the country.


Visit a flea market

Explore some of South Africa’s bustling flea markets. You’ll find anything from jewelry, electronics and ornaments to traditional foods and clothing. Enjoy cheap prices, enthusiastic sellers and hours of entertainment.


How do you have fun on a tight budget?

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