Budget-Friendly Ways to Have Fun
American cartoonist and journalist Kin Hubbard once said, “Fun is like life insurance; the older you get, the more it costs.”
Hubbard was born in 1868, but he certainly stated a truth that must be universal, because it is still applicable in today’s world. As we get older and more independent, trying to find ways to have fun often makes our bank accounts beg for mercy. We no longer have our parents paying for trips to restaurants or the movies and we often have to make a choice about what is important and worth paying for versus what is necessary.
Don’t despair, however, for I have some self-tested ideas that will prove that there are ways to have fun without spending gobs of cash.
Have a Home (or Dorm Room) Movie Night
Rather than going to the movies and spending ridiculous amounts of money on tickets, popcorn and other snacks, have a movie night at your house or dorm room with your friends. Redbox, Netflix and other streaming websites offer affordable ways to watch movies and TV shows. You can pop your own popcorn and save money on drinks, all while relaxing sprawled out on your own couch.
Greet Nature With Open Arms
San Angelo has a number of parks throughout town that can be a nice place to hang out or have a picnic. The San Angelo State Park charges a small entrance fee but it has many trails for hiking and biking. The Angelo State Lake House is also an option for ASU students who want to have a little fun down at Lake Nasworthy. Plus, exploring the outside world can be therapeutic, especially for college students who are stressed out about all they have going on. When you are out in the serenity of nature it is easy to relax for a little while and let your mind be put at ease.
Attend ASU Events
ASU has many different student organizations that are constantly putting on different events; most of these are free or charge a very small fee to get in, and it can be a fun way to get out for a while. Also, keep your eyes and ears open for sporting events to support your Rams and Rambelles! ASU students get in for free with their OneCards. The games can be loads of fun and the sense of camaraderie is infectious. Cheering the teams to a win can even help take your mind off school for a time.
Visit San Angelo Attractions
San Angelo is a pretty interesting town. If you didn’t grow up here you may not be aware of the various attractions it offers, including museums like Miss Hattie’s, Fort Concho, the Railway Museum, and the Fine Arts Museum. If you’d like to soak up a little culture or history or just learn about what makes San Angelo unique, these are fun and fairly cheap options, with a small admission fee to get in. In addition, there are other attractions dispersed throughout our humble town, including the International Water Lily Garden, Historic Murals of San Angelo, and the Chicken Farm Art Center, all of which are free to enjoy. Each of these are unique and interesting and well worth your time.
I’d like to end this post with another quote from Kin Hubbard, which is: “The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.”
Don’t feel like you have to spend tons of money to have fun. There are viable and interesting alternatives that will be all that much better because you know you are saving your money. Take Hubbard’s advice: fold your money over, stick it in your pocket, and try new and budget-friendly ways to enjoy yourself.