What is Your Very Favorite Leisure Activity That Does Not Involve Spending Any Money?

Yesterday I read a study conducted a couple of years ago by a group of scientists. They asked high school girls about their favorite activities and 97% said “shopping” and “going to the movies”.
While I enjoy going shopping myself, it is kind of sad that most of our favorite activities are closely linked with spending money. Maybe this is why the majority of people struggle with credit card debts?
I am a true believer that in order to have fun, you do not have to spend a lot of money! In fact, the brightest and happiest memories of my life have nothing to do with money.
I can vaguely recall what I bought the last time I went shopping, but I vividly remember a picnic in a park with my family when they came to visit me in Milan.
One of my favorite things to do when I have some free time is reading great books (sometimes I also indulge in romantic and fiction novels.  What can I say? Guilty pleasures still feel good!).
What about you? What do you like to do in your spare time? Can you think of any fun activity that does not involve spending money? Great!
Write it down in the comment section below. Let’s make our own list of fun, free activities that anyone can do!
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  • Bruce

    Great read! I love to visit your blog, your delightfully positive!

    In my spare time, I play bridge. You should too Arina. If you’ve never played, it’s an intellectual sport – very competitive to nurture that inner drive.

  • Eileen

    Yesterday my boyfriend and I were in a town we were strangers to, so we spent the afternoon in the public library cuddled in the children’s section and read as well as napped haha. As well, I love to fish, and in the summer time, relax in the sun with inspirational books and listen to music. Another thing that I love to do is ride my bike when I get the chance in the summer and fall :)

  • Eileen

    Yesterday my boyfriend and I were in a town we were strangers to, so we spent the afternoon in the public library cuddled in the children’s section and read as well as napped haha. As well, I love to fish, and in the summer time, relax in the sun with inspirational books and listen to music. Another thing that I love to do is ride my bike when I get the chance in the summer and fall :)

  • Bruce

    Great read! I love to visit your blog, your delightfully positive!

    In my spare time, I play bridge. You should too Arina. If you’ve never played, it’s an intellectual sport – very competitive to nurture that inner drive.

  • Joan

    My favourite Leisure activities are playing with my pets (cats and dogs. I literally talk to them, caress them and run around with them), Listening to inspirational music and browzing the net.

    • Anon

      Pets: cost money
      Music: unless you’re pirating it, costs money
      Internet: at your house, costs money

  • Joan

    My favourite Leisure activities are playing with my pets (cats and dogs. I literally talk to them, caress them and run around with them), Listening to inspirational music and browzing the net.

  • Peggy

    I love playing with my dogs. They have that unconditional love thing down pat. I also like to read, watch TV (murder and mahem), take a drive, rearrange furniture, call an old friend,and even window shop.

  • Peggy

    I love playing with my dogs. They have that unconditional love thing down pat. I also like to read, watch TV (murder and mahem), take a drive, rearrange furniture, call an old friend,and even window shop.

  • http://mremus@nep.net Mary

    Reading, walking, walking the dogs, listening to music on my ipod, wathcing college basketball games, going to the beach (summer) playing with my grandson, gardening in the summer

  • Puffin

    Making love to my amazing wonderful husband. Doesn’t cost a thing!

  • Puffin

    Making love to my amazing wonderful husband. Doesn’t cost a thing!

  • Barbara

    Walking through the woods on a trail that highlights native trees, flowers, birds, vistas, ‘hidden’ water streams, finding edible plants along the way; I can spend a whole day or many days enjoying the outdoors and nature. Or, picking up a book at the library and taking the time to read it all at one time; what a treat!

  • Barbara

    Walking through the woods on a trail that highlights native trees, flowers, birds, vistas, ‘hidden’ water streams, finding edible plants along the way; I can spend a whole day or many days enjoying the outdoors and nature. Or, picking up a book at the library and taking the time to read it all at one time; what a treat!

  • Marianne

    Reading a mystery novel, watching my favorite comedy TV shows, playing with my kittens, drinking warm coffee early in the morning, watching the sunset, walking in the rain, sipping a hot chocolate drink late at night, daydreaming, stargazing with my daughter…..

  • Marianne

    Reading a mystery novel, watching my favorite comedy TV shows, playing with my kittens, drinking warm coffee early in the morning, watching the sunset, walking in the rain, sipping a hot chocolate drink late at night, daydreaming, stargazing with my daughter…..

  • Arina

    Wow! How many interesting, unexpected and original ideas! I am taking notes… I have just added quite a few of free fun activities on my list!:) It is also wonderful to find out that so many people still enjoy spending quality time with family, reading, doing sports, and admiring beauty of nature! I am truly blessed to have such creative, fun, caring and incredibly inspirational readers!

  • Arina

    Wow! How many interesting, unexpected and original ideas! I am taking notes… I have just added quite a few of free fun activities on my list!:) It is also wonderful to find out that so many people still enjoy spending quality time with family, reading, doing sports, and admiring beauty of nature! I am truly blessed to have such creative, fun, caring and incredibly inspirational readers!

  • Arina

    I will definitely give it a thought, Bruce! I like card games that are based on logic, not just pure luck. I have more chances of winning that way… :)

  • Arina

    I will definitely give it a thought, Bruce! I like card games that are based on logic, not just pure luck. I have more chances of winning that way… :)

  • Arina

    Prawning and crabbing? That’s interesting…

  • Arina

    Prawning and crabbing? That’s interesting…

  • Arina

    You made me think, Krupa, that it has been a long time since I last looked at my old pictures. Just out of curiosity, how many earings do you have? :)

  • Arina

    You made me think, Krupa, that it has been a long time since I last looked at my old pictures. Just out of curiosity, how many earings do you have? :)

  • Arina

    It sounds marvelous, Graciela. Yesterday I went for a walk in the forest (not far away from my parents house). huge trees covered with snow, blue sky above the head, and such peace and quiet!

  • Arina

    It sounds marvelous, Graciela. Yesterday I went for a walk in the forest (not far away from my parents house). huge trees covered with snow, blue sky above the head, and such peace and quiet!

  • Arina

    Make 2010 the Year of your self-development is a great goal. This is a same goal I set for almost 12 years now and at the end of each year I feel that I could have done better.

  • Arina

    Make 2010 the Year of your self-development is a great goal. This is a same goal I set for almost 12 years now and at the end of each year I feel that I could have done better.

  • Arina

    Just read the comment section! I’m sure that you will find a few fun activities that you too would enjoy. :)

  • Arina

    Just read the comment section! I’m sure that you will find a few fun activities that you too would enjoy. :)

  • Arina

    This is a great money-saving advice! I have started to do the same thing, while living in Milan. There are so many free exhibitions, concerts and different events happening every week. The key is to know where to look.

  • Arina

    This is a great money-saving advice! I have started to do the same thing, while living in Milan. There are so many free exhibitions, concerts and different events happening every week. The key is to know where to look.

  • Arina

    This is amazing advice, Chris! I love your idea to look up the history of your area and then take a friend to the oldest/most interesting place. Once in a while I do something similar. I walk around the city and try to look at it with the “tourist” eyes. It is amazing how many remarkable buildings and interesting details you are able to see, when you are really looking…
    I also like your idea to put on something silly and walk around dressed like that, not worrying what other people might say or think about you. It is a great exercise to overcome inner blocks and social conditioning.
    And, of course, volunteering to keep a company to elderly or poor people is a very gratifying and compassionate activity. I wonder have you ever visited a homeless shelter yourself? I would like to learn more about it…

  • Arina

    This is amazing advice, Chris! I love your idea to look up the history of your area and then take a friend to the oldest/most interesting place. Once in a while I do something similar. I walk around the city and try to look at it with the “tourist” eyes. It is amazing how many remarkable buildings and interesting details you are able to see, when you are really looking…
    I also like your idea to put on something silly and walk around dressed like that, not worrying what other people might say or think about you. It is a great exercise to overcome inner blocks and social conditioning.
    And, of course, volunteering to keep a company to elderly or poor people is a very gratifying and compassionate activity. I wonder have you ever visited a homeless shelter yourself? I would like to learn more about it…

  • Arina

    Your daughter is really lucky to have such a wonderful mother. It sounds like you are having so much fun together. :)

  • Arina

    Your daughter is really lucky to have such a wonderful mother. It sounds like you are having so much fun together. :)

  • Bety

    There so many things I like to do that are free actually the best things in life are free. One of them is that I enjoy being at home gardening I love to touch and feel the earth in between my fingers, I also love the fact that if you take care of the earth the earth will take good care of you so go on and create your oasis one that can give back to all the birds, the air, to you and be well.

  • Bety

    There so many things I like to do that are free actually the best things in life are free. One of them is that I enjoy being at home gardening I love to touch and feel the earth in between my fingers, I also love the fact that if you take care of the earth the earth will take good care of you so go on and create your oasis one that can give back to all the birds, the air, to you and be well.

  • ‘uyun

    Leisure? Not sure i have the ‘time’ or not. Busy with meeting and handling programme make me dont have much time to hang around or do activities i like. By the way, I love painting but not too good at that, just simple paint. I also love to cook. wanna taste my dishes?

  • ‘uyun

    Leisure? Not sure i have the ‘time’ or not. Busy with meeting and handling programme make me dont have much time to hang around or do activities i like. By the way, I love painting but not too good at that, just simple paint. I also love to cook. wanna taste my dishes?