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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!
50 Comments
  • Betsy Franceschini
    January 13, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Some of my happiest and brightest memories: As a child spending time with my dad at Lincoln Park in Chicago,Ill. during the difficult times of his unemployment.Taking my kids to a picnic lunch and sharing our dreams.Moments of prayer bring me peace and strength. Singing in my church choir lifts my soul.Reading a good positive thinking and self improvement book.Giving a helping hand to one in need is truly rewarding.

  • Frederick Ke
    January 13, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Fishing, prawning & crabbing.. Thats what i do.

  • Graci Ela
    January 13, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I used to walk through the path breathing the clean air of the forest near to my house, listening to the birds and looking at the trees. It is very exciting and relaxing for me.

  • Segun Akiode
    January 13, 2010 at 4:09 am

    I love reading motivational books at my leisure time, that gives me time to think and relax from work pressure.

  • Gajalakshmi
    January 13, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Gardening
    House keeping
    Reading books
    Doing crafts
    Playing with kids
    Hearing/Singing music
    Watching TV
    Visiting friends
    Sleeping

  • Krupa Panchal
    January 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

    reading,dancing.spending time with myself.painting,talking to some dear one,having good shower,meditating,yoga,cherishing my old pics whn i was small kiddo.also watching my collection of earings hehehhe bt thast true and grooming myself n last but nt the least preparing a delicious coffe by me n i trest that to me n njoy myself with it.

  • Graciela Rodriguez
    January 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I used to walk through the path breathing the clean air of the forest near to my house, listening to the birds and looking at the trees. It is very exciting and relaxing for me.

  • Siddig Ali
    January 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

    As I specified 2010 to be the year of my self-development, it is most important to read e-books, articles, attend a seminar or workshop in this regard.

  • Jandost Khoso
    January 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I love to walk or sit on benches in Park and look at children playing around.

  • Gracious Ereola Ayeni
    January 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Reading, checking on friends, being in a solitary place to think and meditate, cooking.

  • Jeanita
    January 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Working with essential oils, herbs, and being close to nature.
    I enjoy working on making a good memory everyday.

  • Robert
    January 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    The Question makes you think! Do I do enough activitys that DO NOT require Money ? I will now endeavour to look within to find them and practise these activities .

  • TS
    January 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    riding and grooming my horses, family, scuba diving.

  • Jennifer
    January 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I live in the DC area and there are tons of free museums and events. At least 2x a month our family gets out to enjoy them. Recent expeditions included the National Marine Corps Museum, US Botanical Gardens, National Air & Space Museum, and the French Embassy. With 2 adults and 4 kids, these options save us literally hundreds of dollars a month while giving our family unique memories :o)

  • Vinay
    January 14, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Painting or cartooning,Giving free advice,Teaching or clearing doubts of friends and younger sister

  • gaurav kumar
    January 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

    listening music, meeting with my friends to chat n looking beautiful girls with cute smile on their face.

  • chris
    January 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    tons of stuff to do both by yourself, or with a friend or family member (preferred since activies with others are what build the truly lasting memories)… How about:
    teach yourself a foreign language, or improve this one (look up a new word a day and then use it).
    look up the history of your area and then take a friend to the oldest place and share the history.
    put on something so silly it makes you slightly uncomfortable, then go walk around and pay attention to the smiles around you.
    visit a homeless shelter, senior citizen’s home, or hospital wing – you’d be amazed how many people would do anything for company, and what you can learn from the new peoplpe you meet.

  • JAIDE
    January 15, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Reading books, studying the Bible, searching on line for subjects of interest, taking leisure time with the wifey and extended family (LOLOL), video sports games, martial arts, strength and flexibility excercise, shooting hoops for personal gratification (no full court with these knees) and my very favorite is 6 am Saturday morning bike rides with my playlist in my ears. Needless to say I am a summer person!

  • Nirmala Rani
    January 16, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I involve my family in cooking, we play with the dough, i teach my 5 year old daughter to make soup, together as a family sow seeds of herbs and watch them grow, to be different move the lunch or dinner table to the balcony or make a nice setting in the balcony to enjoy that special lunch or dinner or lunch prepared at home. Make handicrafts and greeting cards for our friends and loved ones, the self made greeting cards add lots of warmth n love.

  • esha jain
    January 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Unmmm…i enjoy reading, writing , playing with my nieces & surfing on net!!!

  • esha jain
    January 16, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I appreciate it, wud try to make it at ours..really!!!

  • Nabeel Asim
    January 17, 2010 at 12:19 am

    watching movies on ma laptop, reading motivational books.

  • THEO
    January 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Sure there are a couple ofthings one could do during spare time.
    Most often , I do reading, listening to good music & meditating.
    This makes me feel good & gradually helping in a couple of ways.
    Certainly, I believe that one shuld not use his/spare time for spending money. There are a couple of better rewarding benifts, ty it.You may be happy you did.

  • Haroon
    January 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Cycling – Healthy and Fun

  • tracey
    January 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Reading

  • Charlene
    January 18, 2010 at 2:14 am

    A day at the beach or even an evening/afternoon walk along the beach is very relaxing. Just sitting and hearing the waves break is refreshing. Also reading inspirational/motivational books.

  • Bruce
    January 18, 2010 at 4:51 am

    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
    January 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

    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 🙂

  • Joan
    January 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

    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
      December 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

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

  • Peggy
    January 19, 2010 at 9:56 am

    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.

  • Mary
    January 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    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
    January 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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

  • Barbara
    January 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    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
    January 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    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…..

  • Bety
    January 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    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
    January 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    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?

  • Robina Shaheen
    April 1, 2016 at 9:11 am

    yes of course…we have become man of money

  • Robina Shaheen
    April 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    i like your blog..unique and informatting

  • Suren Saini
    November 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I keep collecting wasteful objects like empty bottles, auto parts, pipes etc, etc and I use these objects in a very quirky way to deck up my garden. I feel thrilled when people say a big “WOW’ every time they look at my latest creations.

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