5 cheap things to do when you’re totally bored this summer

My favorite season of the year is summer! I love the warm weather and the break from school. This summer, I’ve got a full time internship that’s keeping me pretty busy, but I still have moments where I’ll be looking for something to do. Today, I’ll be sharing my tips for what to do when you’re bored this summer but low on funds.

If you have time to kill this summer, try out these 5 activities in order to have a great time without breaking the bank. | 5 CHEAP THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU'RE TOTALLY BORED THIS SUMMER | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

1. Check out your town’s free activities

I’m living in Washington, DC this summer so every weekend I’m all about going to the Smithsonian museums for free! Not every city has free museums as fantastic as DC’s, but every town has something cool and free to do if you look hard enough. Just Google “free things to do in [name of your town]” and you’ll find tons of articles with some great ideas.

If you have time to kill this summer, try out these 5 activities in order to have a great time without breaking the bank.

Try looking for street festivals, farmers markets, historical sites, and parks or trails in your town. Places you can explore by yourself or with friends are great!

2. Go to the library

When I was younger, summer time always meant lots of reading. I used to re-read the Harry Potter series every summer, in addition to a ton of other books. I don’t read for fun as much as I used to because now I work during the summers, but it still doesn’t feel like summer unless I read at least a couple of books. {Comment below this post with a book you think I should read!}

If you’re looking for something to do, definitely head to your local library and browse for a new book. Lots of libraries also host free or very cheap programs for a variety of age ranges, so be sure to check the schedule while you’re there! My library always has different raffles, contests, coupons, and all kinds of other fun deals too, so be sure to browse more than just the YA aisle.

3. Pick up a new hobby

Whether it’s running, journaling, hiking, knitting, painting, or anything else, the summer is the perfect time to try out a new hobby because you can really focus on it because you’re not worried about school. This summer, I got a Snapchat and I’m going to start using that to communicate with my friends and blog readers as well as just for fun! {What hobby will you pick up this summer?}

If you have time to kill this summer, try out these 5 activities in order to have a great time without breaking the bank.

4. Volunteer

When you’re trying to think of something to do, why not do something for someone else? Volunteering is free and it not only gives you something to do, it helps others out. Volunteering doesn’t always mean making sandwiches at a soup kitchen either, there are tons of different ways to give back.

My roommate volunteers at an animal shelter, my grandparents organize our county’s courthouse archives, and I’ve helped my mom clean out and organize her classroom at the elementary school where she teaches. Be creative and you can find a volunteering opportunity that suits your interests and helps you give back to your community this summer.

5. Keep a journal

I’ve always loved writing and I first started keeping a journal in elementary school. Whenever we went on vacation, my mom would have me and my sisters write in our journals every day about what we did that day. In high school, I picked up journaling again and wrote a lot all summer. This summer, I’m using a Tumblr blog as a sort of journal to document my experiences at my internship and in the city, which you can read here. Whether you’re having a super exciting summer or you’re bored sitting at home, you’ll love to look back on a journal documenting your experiences.

What’s your favorite way to pass the time in the summer? Let me know in the comments!

  • Melanie

    Such great ideas! The library was already on my list but I like the idea of volunteering.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I spent a summer with my grandparents at our county courthouse archives and it was an awesome experience! My boyfriend Reece volunteers in addition to working so he can give back but also make money, and I know he really enjoys it.

  • Going to the library (or to the bookstore, if I feel like splurging a little) is my favorite thing to do! I actually work at my local library, but I still love to go sometimes just to pick some new books!

    http://awanderersadventures.com

    • That’s awesome that you work at your local library! I love libraries so much, I feel like that would be such a great job!

      • I love it so much! It’s my third year working there, and let me tell you, I definitely do not regret it!

  • Jennifer Antonio

    Your ideas were pratical and refreshing <3
    People say they are lazy but they're are literally so much to do.
    I enjoy the free activity one. Cities actually have sooo much to offer and we forget about it all the time!

    Jenn| http://www.creativeboundless.com

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post Jennifer, thanks for taking the time to comment! I definitely agree. While I spent my summer in DC, I was going to the free museums all the time and I definitely saw people failing to take advantage of those awesome opportunities.

      • Jennifer Antonio

        No problem <3

        That's the best thing to do! I have friends who always want to travel and leave but it's because they aren't taking advantage on what they have around them.

        My motto in life is to enjoy what you have around yourself right now. Anything can change.

        -Jenn