35 Brilliant Things to Do on a No Spend Weekend

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Have you ever had a no spend weekend?

A no spend weekend is a mini spending freeze. It’s a great little detox for your spending habits.

A no spend challenge is the PERFECT way to reset your budget and save some serious money. Looking for ideas and inspiration for your own no spend weekend (or even month?) Plenty of awesome activities to inspire you in this post!

It’s easy to do, but can have a big impact on your monthly budget.

More than that, it can force you to think creatively and try some new activities!

I know there are some real frugal heroes out there who can go a whole week, or even a year without spending.

If that sounds a bit extreme to you, no worries. Start with just one weekend. It can be surprisingly effective.

In fact, I think the occasional no spend weekend is one of the best money saving hacks there is.

A lot of us tend to spend far more money on the weekend than we do during the week. So commit to just two days without touching your wallet, and see how much you save!

As you start to build up a repertoire of fun things to do over the weekend without spending, it will get easier and easier.

If you’re wondering how to have fun with no money, here are a few ideas to get you started:

35 things to do on a no spend weekend

1. Play board games

I love board games but we never seem to make the time to play them! A no spend weekend is the perfect time to put a game night in the diary.

2. Have a home spa day

Find a recipe for an easy face mask or hair mask using ingredients you already have at home. Or just have a nice long soak in the bath with your favourite drink.

3. Watch a TED talk

Inspiring and educational. You could spend hours on TED and it’s completely free.

4. Play Pokémon Go

This will also get you outside and exercising! Just don’t get sucked into spending money on PokéCoins.

5. Teach yourself some origami

I’m really into origami – I use it to decorate greetings cards and gift wrap. You don’t need fancy paper to get started, anything will do. You could cut colourful squares out of an old magazine if you don’t have anything else. Origami Club has good (free!) instructions and there are also thousands of tutorials on YouTube.

 6. Get creative in the kitchen

Try your own version of Ready Steady Cook and invent a new dish with whatever you’ve got in the cupboards. Buying extra ingredients is cheating!

7. Go to the library

I’m a huge reader but for some crazy reason I never really bothered with my local library until about a year ago. Now I get almost all my books there! Not only are they free, but I find myself reading more widely because it’s easier to get out of my comfort zone and pick up books I never would have paid for.

Don’t forget some libraries also have special events such as craft workshops, talks and children’s story time. Visiting the library is definitely one of my top things to do on the weekend with no money!

girl reading on a bench

8. Give your partner or friend a massage

This is a lovely thing to do and it’s a great skill to learn too. Again, there are absolutely loads of free how-to videos on YouTube. This is one of the top things to do without spending money with your boyfriend 😉

9. Give yourself a massage

Why not!

10. Go for a walk

Out in the countryside if you can, or just explore a new part of town. Maybe try to find a new park or new favourite neighbourhood in your city,

11. Learn to juggle

I’m sure you can find something in the house to practise with!

12. Start a blog!

Blogging is fun, creative and could even make you money further down the line! There are lots of free sites like this one that will help you get your very own website up and running in a day. Whether you want to blog for money or just find a platform to express yourself and share your knowledge of a hobby, blogging is a top activity that you can start with no money.

13. Go to a museum

Visiting a museum or art gallery is definitely one of the best things to do with no money UK residents and visitors can take advantage of.

Yes, if you’re reading this from another country, most of our museums and galleries are free to visit!!

We’re just so lucky to have free museum entry here in the UK so make the most of it 🙂

This list is an amazing resource to help you plan a trip.

14. Have a duvet day

It’s so much fun to stay in bed all day every now and then. Not to mention cheap! Watch Netflix, read a book, take lots of naps. Wear your cosiest pajamas and try one of those homemade face masks we mentioned above.

If you’re usually a very busy person, giving yourself permission to stay in bed can be one of the nicest and thriftiest forms of self care.

15. Start learning a language

Try a free app like Duolingo.

16. Plan your dream holiday

It’s fun to have a dream trip planned, even if you can’t afford it right now. It might even motivate you to start that side hustle and save up for it!

17. Do a free yoga video on YouTube

My favourite channel is Yoga With Adriene. Her videos are very accessible for beginners. You don’t need a yoga mat or fancy yoga clothes – just dive in!

girl doing yoga in a field

18. Call someone for a chat

I bet you have a relative or friend who would love to hear from you.

19. Learn a card trick

I wish I knew some magic tricks… this is going on my to do list! Everyone has a pack of cards lying around the house, and tricks are such a great way to win over the kids at a family get together or party.

20. Write a letter to a friend who lives far away

Who doesn’t love getting a letter in the post?

21. Make a vision board

This is really motivational, especially if you’re working on a side project (or two or three…) like me. Write down your goals, then make make a dream board on Pinterest, or the old fashioned way, cutting pictures out of magazines to hang over your desk! You get to spend a quiet weekend daydreaming and then the next few months making your dream reality 🙂

22. Go for a picnic

If it’s raining, have it on the floor at home. Don’t buy anything though – you’ll have to use what you’ve got at home!

23. People watch

Find a nice bench somewhere busy and watch the world go by.

24. Visit an elderly relative

They’ll be happy, you’ll be happy, and you might even get a free meal out of it 😉

25. Learn to meditate

Scientists are clear about the benefits of meditation for our health, mood and relationships. A no-spend challenge is the perfect time to learn – especially if you’re looking for things to do on your own on the weekend.

Again, YouTube to the rescue with plenty of guided mediation videos for beginners. I also love the free Insight Timer app which has lots of gentle ambient sounds to help you focus.

26. Bake a cake

If you already have some basic ingredients in, simple cakes are really cheap to make.

27. Volunteer

This might take some organising, but it’ll be worth it. See if there’s a local one-off event that needs some help, or maybe there’s an animal shelter near you that needs dog walkers?

28. Film night at home

Pop your own popcorn – it’s super cheap!

29. Have friends over for a potluck

Socialising doesn’t have to be expensive if everybody cooks something. Bonus points if your get your friends to bring the booze in return for hosting.

30. Declutter your house

You can even sell what you decide to get rid of to earn some extra cash!

31. Go to a market

I love it when the food market comes to town and I can go round eating all the free samples 🙂

32. Home karaoke

You don’t need fancy mics or software, just have a good old singsong at home! There are loads of karaoke videos on YouTube. (I know, I’m sounding obsessed with YouTube now… but there’s SO MUCH quality stuff for free!)

33. Make some artwork

This could be a good group activity with your family or friends.

34. Listen to podcasts

I’ve only started getting into podcasts recently but they are great for staying entertained while doing less fun things (housework!). Any recommendations?

35. Learn some constellations, then go out and stargaze

Go out at night and see what you can spot. There are also some good apps that show you what to look for.

How about you? Do you have any favourite free things to do? Can you recommend any activities to do with no money? Let me know in the comments!

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A no spend challenge is the PERFECT way to reset your budget and save some serious money. Looking for ideas and inspiration for your own no spend weekend (or even month?) Plenty of awesome activities to inspire you in this post!

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35 Things to Do on a No Spend Weekend! A no spend weekend is an awesome way to have a mini financial detox. If you're trying to save money and spend less, commit to spending NOTHING for just two days this week! You'll be surprised how much you save, and how much creative fun you can have. Here are 35 FREE ideas to get you started.
A no spend weekend is a great idea for a frugal living experience without changing your lifestyle too dramatically. Lots of tips for free activities in this post. I love number 11! #frugal #thrifty #frugallife #savemoney #moneysaving
A no spend weekend is a great idea for a frugal living experience without changing your lifestyle too dramatically. Lots of tips for free activities in this post. I love number 11! #frugal #thrifty #frugallife #savemoney #moneysaving
35 Things to Do on a No Spend Weekend! A no spend weekend is an awesome way to have a mini financial detox. If you're trying to save money and spend less, commit to spending NOTHING for just two days this week! You'll be surprised how much you save, and how much creative fun you can have. Here are 35 FREE ideas to get you started.
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24 thoughts to “35 Brilliant Things to Do on a No Spend Weekend”

  1. I took the plunge on my first no spend weekend this year and loved it! Board games always feature in them but to be honest we are huge fans and make time to play them whenever we visit family and also every month or so with friends. It’s not quite a cheap with friends as we provide pizza, chips and crisps but still a cheap way to socialise 🙂

    1. Pizza and chips at a friend’s house is still a whole lot cheaper than going out! I think it’s more social and leads to better quality conversations hanging out at somebody’s home anyway 🙂

  2. No spend weekends are finally becoming easier for me. Thanks for sharing this list! I’m going to try some of these next weekend 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for sharing these. Not only are they great for no spend days they are great anytime – especially to de-stress and disconnect from technology! Great.

  4. This is a great list, but it’s so funny that the very first one is the one I’ll never get my guys to agree to! They’d run out of the house screaming if they heard me say “board games” out loud 😀 I’ll keep the list handy for our weekend activities though 🙂

  5. Give yourself a massage, hehe im not double jointed 🙂 great list I too get sucked into TED talks, becomes the sidebar has far too many interesting suggestions!

    1. Haha fair point. You could maybe manage a foot or hand massage though! And yes, TED can be addictive. Not good when you’re working but great for a cheap way to while away the weekend 🙂

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