It is extremely easy to get stuck in the cycle of coming home from work and just relaxing inside. It’s nice to do that once in a while, but having it become a regular thing could lead to a lot of negative affects. Weight gain, depression, poor eating habits, and increased feeling of laziness are all things that could come from staying at home too much. Here is some motivation that won’t break the bank!
$5-$7 State parks and County parks: there are amazing trails to hike in, walk your dog, go on a date. I will dedicate a post sometime solely to parks, but for now I’ll be brief. You can go fishing, have a picnic, read a book, etc.!
$7-$10 Rent Equipment: try something totally new, or get out and do something you’ve enjoyed by renting equipment. Many parks have rentals for cheap. Take a car that already has a park pass and you’ll just have to worry about rental fees, it’s about $10 or less an hour to rent a boat or kayak.
$5 (free with park pass) Dog Park: wear your dog out and make his/her day. Seeing them happy instantly pleases you! If you’re social enough, you could meet some new people in the process 🙂
$8: It’s that time of year, visit a cider mill! Not the store kind, but where there are hay rides for $1, pick your own apples for $4, and get a couple donuts and some cider for $3. This could be a great day date with a significant other, friends, or kids.
$10 in speaking of kids… if you babysit or have your own, check out favorite attractions as they could have special deals at certain times. Airtime apparently has admission for $10 and course, most playgrounds are free.
$5-$10 There are so many places to bike to. South-east Michigan has many “bike-able” cities, and those in northern Oakland county can bike from city to city using the Polly-Ann trail, Paint-Creek trail, and the Macomb Orchard trail. Make a pub crawl out of it to attract friends and make destinations interesting! (note: please comment on this post if you don’t live in this southeast Michigan, and I’ll help you find some places near you!)
$5 Matinee Movie: Yes, Netflix is cheap and convenient, BUT it is better for your body and mind to get out and actually have a great movie watching experience. Go out with some friends, take your kid, or a go day date to a matinee movie, only $5 before 5pm!
Get out for a drink and food while catching up with friends. You’d be surprised at how good weekly deals can be at your favorite places. Bar Louie has $1 burger days with $2 beer specials, you could easily work with those prices with tip for under $10 bucks! Even the small town I live in has great specials if you put a little effort into looking them up.
$10 Wednesday Crank Night at Planet Rock: climbing can be expensive if you’re just starting out, rental equipment and such. There are ways to get around that if you’re just starting out, but the little extra spending is worth it for the future experiences! Those who are a bit more experienced and have their own equipment (or a friend who has equipment you can borrow), can go to Planet Rock on Wednesday evenings for just $10 (6 dollar discount from regular admission!)