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How to Have Fun for Free in Your Neighborhood

May 17, 2013 | Everyday Savings, Ways to Save

Whether you’re moving to a new city to begin your first job after graduation or are starting a new career path, it can be difficult to lead an active social life while on a budget. If you want to find out how to have fun for free and meet new people, use these resources to find free neighborhood activities:

1. Meetup

Available online or through an app on your smartphone, Meetup is designed to bring neighbors together. You can search by type of activity and distance, or start a Meetup group yourself if there’s something you’ve been dying to try out. You can take part in everything from a game of hacky sack in the local park to a meeting of local foodies.

2. Local College

If there’s a college or university nearby, check out their events page to see if there are any seminars or concerts coming up that are being offered free of charge.

3. Tourism Website

Your city’s tourism website will likely have a section that suggests free places to visit around the area. The site may also have an events calendar that can alert you to any inexpensive events coming up.

4. TV or Radio Stations

Like tourism websites, local television and radio stations often have community calendars devoted to upcoming activities happening around the city. Although not every event listed will be free, you should be able to find plenty of budget-friendly options.

5. Coworkers

Who better to help you navigate a new city than your coworkers? If they’ve been living in the area for a number of years, they will be able to give you advice about fun and cheap ways to spend your weekend, and may even invite you along on their next adventure.

With a little research and a little creativity, there are plenty of ways to have fun for free! What are your favorites?

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