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If you feel you need to have a lot of money to really enjoy life, I am afraid you are sadly mistaken.

The greatest things in life are those worthwhile experiences and subtle occurrences that sometimes most individuals simply take for granted. While Madison avenue may think that having expensive “stuff” and the like are what lead to happiness, below are some ways you can still enjoy yourself without spending a fortune.

1. Walk The Beach

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Taking a walk along the beach not only clears your head but it is a great way to relax yourself amid your stressful life. Feeling the sand beneath your feet as you navigate the coast feels so good!

2. Explore Unknown Places Around Where You Live

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If you have the need for adventure, taking the time to explore around where you live is always fun. You never know what you are going to find.

3. Take a Forest Nature Walk

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Following a path in and out of the woods is always a fun way to escape from the world and have some great time to yourself. If you wanted to take it to the next step, pitching a tent and spending the night is also a great alternative.

4. Ride Your Bike

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Not only do you get some exercise but even better you get to take your bike off some sweet jumps! Doing this activity with friends or family is also a fun as well!

5. Hangout At The Boardwalk

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Bringing you back to your childhood days is always a fun thing to do…even if you don’t spend any money. As you walk along the boardwalk with some cotton candy and a hot dog, you can’t help but keep a grin from ear to ear on your face :).

6. Read A Book

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Getting hooked into a book is always fun as each new book you pick up opens an entirely new journey to experience as you turn each page.

7. Surf the Waves

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For those on the west coast, this is something that is very common. Even if you don’t have a surf board, body boarding is a great alternative.

8. Play a Board Game With Family

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Remember how much fun you used to have when you beat family members in the game of Monopoly or Chess? Relive that past time as you relish the classical way to entertain yourself before the almighty video game machine or computer was born.

9. Spend Time With Family

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Spending time with loved ones is always a great way to enjoy youself, as each new experience you have with them becomes a memory that you can cherish forever.

10. Play an Instrument

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For those who love music, playing an instrument is not only relaxing but it also helps to keep the mind focused and sharp. What a great way to entertain and relax yourself at the same time as you enjoy the sounds of classical music.

11. Take A Friend Out For Ice Cream

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Having fun with friends, especially when sharing a great treat is definitely fun…even if you gain a few pounds here and there. The experience you have with friends is something that is truly priceless.

11. Surf The Internet

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With all of the sites to kill time on, spending time finding cool stuff on the internet is simply enjoyable. With one internet connection, the entire world is at your fingertips.

12. Walk The Mall

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Hey, even if you don’t have any money to spend, “Looking without spending money” is a great way to still enjoy yourself without dealing with the burden of that future credit card bill in the mail!

Hey, even if you don’t have any money to spend, “Looking without spending money” is a great way to still enjoy yourself without dealing with the burden of that future credit card bill in the mail!