Top ten most inexpensive ways to spend your retirement
Retirement and the recent economic recession – not to mention escalating costs of medical and housing services – can leave seniors feeling strapped for cash. These 10 inexpensive activities can help senior enjoy more of their retirement and worry less about money.
Volunteer opportunities abound for retired seniors, and offer a wide array of benefits. Volunteering is a chance to apply professional skills and experience, meet new people, impact the community, and stay involved in lifelong passions. Volunteering also opens doors to free activities and entertainment. For example, volunteer ushers see movies for free, volunteers at sporting tournaments and music festivals see matches and shows for free, and volunteers at any number of events get to partake in free meals and other perks.
2. Become a local sports fan
Professional and collegiate sports can be expensive to follow, but high school and local teams (such as minor league baseball) are much cheaper to root for, and often more fun to watch.
3. Trade dinner parties for potlucks
Buying and preparing dinner for a large group can be as exhausting as it is expensive. But a potluck – a party where everyone brings one dish or drink – is a great way for party-goers at the party to eat their fill on the cheap. It’s also a great chance to show off a favorite dish and share recipes.
4. Get outside
Not only are walks and bike rides free, but they’re also a great way to improve overall physical health. Studies show aerobic exercise can improve sleep, help with symptoms of depression, and increase energy throughout the day.
5. Host a game night
Game nights are a great way to bring family and friends together – and then beat the pants off them in a favorite card or board game.
6. Catch a movie
Movie theater tickets can be pricey, and renting can be, too—but not at the public library. Movies borrowed from the library are completely free. Which leads to tip number seven…
7. Go to the library
In addition to the obvious (books), libraries also offer free computer usage, free movies, free programs and events, free air conditioning and heating, and lots of volunteer opportunities, too.
8. See the dress rehearsal
Often, dress rehearsals – a full performance of a musical or play just before opening night – are as good as the final product, and cheaper to see. Talk to the local theater about invitations to dress rehearsals.
9. Go [back] to school
Community colleges (and local universities) often offer continuing education classes for audit. These classes not only offer new skills and knowledge – everything from photography to drawing to finance to literature – but also come with access to facilities such as the library, gym, and theater.
10. Read the paper
The local newspaper is an excellent resource for community activities, local free and inexpensive events, and more. Plus, it can be brought to the park and read with a picnic—yet another inexpensive, enjoyable activity.
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