Ways to have fun without spending a lot of money

Spring is finally here and it's time to get out and have fun. I asked my family for a few ideas for cheap, or free, things to do as a couple or a family.

My sweet niece-in-law, Jessica Lutz, shared this:

Eric and I love to walk, when the weather is not terrible like it has been. We live really close to the downtown square in Lagrange, and it's just nice to walk there and get some fresh air.

In college, we used to go on date nights to Barnes and Noble and walk around and just look at books. I used to browse through the cakes and recipe books, and he would venture out and look at some other ones.

We also like to do puzzles. I know you have to buy those but you can usually get them pretty cheap. Especially from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon!

One last thing. It does cost money up front but it last for a year. A zoo membership. We go there all the time and pack a lunch and spend the day there. My parents get that for me as a birthday gift every year and we use it like crazy!

Hiking is a free activity my parents taught us to enjoy. It's free and no equipment is necessary. (Although hiking boots are nice.)

My mother said now that she and Dad have arthritis, and other health issues, they enjoy genealogy and working puzzles. But their favorite thing is spending time with family. My parents have always loved nature and enjoy watching birds fly and squirrels run around trees.

When Bill and Scott were little, they loved to hunt Easter eggs. Inside or outside. It didn't matter. They enjoyed the fun even if nothing was stuffed in the colorful plastic eggs.

Tim and I enjoy walking our dog, Heinz, around the neighborhood. And in the spring we like to watch Asbury University Men's tennis team compete. Many small universities and colleges have tennis teams where you can go watch some good tennis matches. You might also check other team schedules at the closest colleges.

Bill and his friends enjoy disk golf. Many free activities involve physical activity which is good for all of us.

I want to encourage you to take a walk or go for a bike ride. Plant some flowers or veggies this spring. There are lots of fun activities to participate in if you use your imagination and go.