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What To Do When It’s -13 Degrees Outside

With this crazy cold weather, even though people in Alaska are probably laughing at us, it is hard to get up and do something!  Too cold to walk the dog, or go outside for yourself for more than 15 minutes, or maybe your car is parked outside and won’t start, so your stranded at your house…

Here are some ideas if your car will start…

My dog after doggie day camp...
My dog after doggie day camp…

Have a dog? PetsMart has doggie day camp ($15 for half day, $21 for full day) where you can drop your dog off (with the updated Vet paperwork) and your dog can play with others in a room while you can go off and amuse yourself with errands.

I do this with my dog when he has cabin fever and we haven’t been able to take him for longer walks or runs, he comes home absolutely exhausted, which is awesome!

With or without pets, go visit somewhere unique, like an aquarium! There is a new one in southeast Michigan called Sea Life, I haven’t been there yet, but I plan to very soon as this cold weather continues throughout the week!

Go rock climbing.  Even if you are brand spankin’ new to it, it would be a great thing to do with this weather.  You can pay rock climbingfor a class and day of climbing, which also pays for another trip to the gym (and you never have to pay for the starter class again, they will re-teach you for free every time if you want). Not sure about your state, but Michigan has one Planet Rock gym in Ann Arbor, and a brand new one in Madison Heights. Go do something different! You might be like me and get addicted to a new great hobby!

I’ll mention the usual mall visit and raiding Costco’s sampler stations, but those aren’t very creative.

If your car won’t start…

Get caught up on work: I know… doesn’t sound very exciting, but getting stuff done that you didn’t really have time to do before will actually bring you a lot of happiness!

Be Artsy:  You likely have some kind of art supplies in your house, if you don’t, you’re missing out.

Inspired in the fall :)
Inspired in the fall 🙂

Simple as using pencil and paper to do a cool shading piece of artwork, or get complicated with fun acrylic paintings. Anything you feel inspired to do can be found on YouTube to make the complete amateurs look like they knew what they were doing, so why not?

If you can get out to Micheal’s, I suggest investing in a wood burning pen.  Wood burning designs is actually very calming and amusing.  I’ll make a separate post that goes into detail on how I’ve done that, but it is one of my favorite indoor activities, and the smell is like a subtle bonfire. 🙂

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BROKE? 10 THINGS TO DO UNDER $10 (Get out of the house! ;)

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.!

$5-$10 (for used disks, free if you have disks) Frisbee golf is cheap and fun, I’ve learned that soccer golf is a thing as well ($5).

$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!)

Rainy day?

$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!)