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How to Stay Busy While Social Distancing Without Breaking the Bank

While businesses are starting to open back up in many areas of the country, we are still living in very unprecedented times. Not only are social distancing rules still in place in most areas, but economic factors have made saving money incredibly important. Almost everyone has had to tighten their budget during these times.

However, many of us have already been “sheltered in place” for quite some time, and that means it’s easy to get bored. Unfortunately, one way that that a lot of people deal with this boredom is by spending money. Online shopping has grown significantly more popular in the last few months. It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it gives people something to do. However, it’s usually not the best idea for your wallet.

Here are some ways that you can keep yourself entertained and occupied at home without going over your budget.

Check Out Online Library Resources

Depending on where you live, your local library may have several resources available online. In addition to eBooks, many libraries give anyone with a library card access to newspapers, magazines, movies, music, TV shows and more. This can be a great way to entertain yourself and, if you’ve already got a library card, it won’t cost you a thing!

Watch Free Concerts Online

Since large gatherings likely won’t be returning anytime soon, many bands and concerts venues have put free concerts up online. Some of these are pre-recorded shows from years ago and others are live (or at least recent) performances that take place in artist’s homes or other small private venues.

You should be able to find shows from nearly every genre of music and you’ll likely also find dramatic performances and musicals available to watch for free from the comfort of your own home as well!

Organize Your Closets

Cleaning and organizing may not be your first idea of fun, but getting things in order and reducing clutter can make you feel great and make your life at home more comfortable as well. Closets are a good place to start, but you don’t have to limit yourself. Reorganize your kitchen, clean out your garage or backyard shed, sort out your home office, or do whatever works for you. The opportunities are endless!

Take Virtual Tours

You can travel around the world with just your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Not only are there documentaries and travel shows to watch, but many well-known attractions have opened up free virtual tours that you can check out online. This includes museums, art galleries, historic sites, and much more!

Have Video Parties

Get together with your friends and family virtually and have an online party! There are more video chatting services available than ever before. FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Houseparty, Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, and many other services are free and easy to use, so you’re almost certain to find something that works for you and your family or friend group.

Play Board Games or Cards or Do a Puzzle

There’s nothing wrong with being a little “old school.” Take out some old board games, gather the family around, and enjoy an old-fashioned board game. Or why not play cards instead? There are so many ways to play that you’re bound to find something that works for you. Don’t know any card games? Look up the rules online and spend some time learning something new!

Puzzles are also a great option. You can do a puzzle alone or with your family. They’re available in so many types and sizes that you can make it as simple or as challenging as you’d like. If you use a puzzle you already own, this activity won’t cost you anything at all!

Make a Photo Album

These days, people take more photos than ever, but we rarely spend time organizing them and looking back at the moments we’ve captured. Use this time to organize your photos. Go through the items on your phone or computer and put the best shots into albums. With your photos organized, you’ll be much more likely to look at them.

You can even take this one step further and make physical photo albums. Flipping through a photo album isn’t something we do very often anymore, but it’s certainly a great time. Once you’ve organized your photos, order some prints online or print them yourself if you have a printer. Then place them inside albums and you’ll have a wonderful trip down memory lane whenever you pull one out.