When you are on a tight budget, there may be little money for magazines, outings of a cultural nature, flowers for the garden and other non essentials. Sure you can live without these things but they can add interest to life. Fortunately, sometimes they are available for free if you take notice of what is available in your local area.
Image by Marie Vonow
What are some things available for free?
1. Free newspapers and magazines There are a number of magazines and newspapers available for free. Perhaps you even get a free newspaper delivered to your home each week. Some supermarkets produce a free magazine. These may contain mostly recipes or may have articles on a wide variety of topics.
Sometimes you can pick up a free fashion or lifestyle magazine from a coffee shop or from a shopping mall. These are often about the local area or city. Some magazines are thick, in colour and printed on glossy paper.
Libraries often have free magazines or newspapers for you to keep in addition to items to borrow. My local library has a monthly publication aimed at seniors and one for families with children.
2. Free live music I enjoy listening to buskers when I am out shopping. Sometimes there are free musical events in parks, as part of a festival or at Christmas time.
3. Street Art I love street art. It's there for everyone to enjoy for free. Some is quirky, other pieces are realistic and then there are those creations that make you think.
There are many days when I wouldn't have the time or feel in the mood for wandering around a gallery and looking at art. However, looking at a painting or two on a wall that I see on my way somewhere can be inspiring. (Okay there are some examples I find plain ugly but those pieces probably appeal or have a message appreciated by people with a different taste.)
I love this street art possum Image by Marie Vonow
There are also sculptures, installations and the like free to view. Some exhibitions of sculptures are for a limited time and others become permanent tourist attractions.
I find yarn bombing interesting, colourful and quirky.
Yarn bombing brightens up the trees in a nearby town Image by Marie Vonow
4. Outdoor cinema During summer, some places screen free movies outdoors. These can be enjoyable events with a nice community atmosphere. They tend to be family friendly and it's just nice to view a movie somewhere different. (It may be advisable to take some mosquito repellent.)
5. Art Galleries There are large galleries in the capital cities and smaller community galleries in suburbs and country towns. You may be surprised at the variety of art on display.
6. The library Many wonderful items can be borrowed from the library. An added advantage of using your local library rather than buying lots of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and the like is that there are no storage problems.
7. Free sausage sizzles Many sausage sizzles are fundraisers for various charities and local causes or sporting clubs. However, from time to time they are free. It may be as part of an awareness raising event such as Mental Health or Anti-Poverty week or at the opening of a new business. There may be food other than sausages and bread.
8. Plant cuttings from friends Friends and neighbours may give you cuttings, seeds or small plants which will brighten uo your garden. Perhaps you give them something from your garden in exchange. There is a feeling of goodwill when this happens and you can often get good advice relevant to the local area.
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There are things available for free which can add variety to a frugal lifestyle and sharing this knowledge with others in your community helps you make friends as well.