Suffering from cabin fever? The cold weather doldrums can be hard to shake off without spending a lot of money—but not impossible. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Visit a museum. Most museums offer “free days” when admission is free or a donation. With fewer crowds, winter can be a great time to wander the exhibits.
- Go ice skating. Lace up your ice skates or rent a pair for a small fee and head to an ice-skating rink. Even if the day is on the warm side, the ice-making machines will keep the rink frozen for you. Bonus: You’ll get plenty of exercise.
- Volunteer. Give others (and yourself) a warm feeling by donating your time to the less fortunate in your community. Sign up with a friend, spouse or the whole family. For example, shop for the elderly who can’t get out in the bitter cold or for those who don’t have reliable transportation.
- Attend a free workshop. Is there a home or craft project you’ve always wanted to try but don’t know where to start? Stores like Home Depot, Michael’s and Lowe’s host free workshops for homeowners, classes for specific projects and crafts, and fun activities for kids.
- Join a book club. Looking for a good read? Head to your local library and ask about joining a book club. You can get caught up on the latest novel or non-fiction book and make some new friends without spending a dime.