Retirement is the start of a new and exciting chapter in your life. You want to stay busy and remain productive, but you also have a budget that you need to stick to. It’s a balancing act, but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are plenty of fun things you can do that are either free or cost very little. In fact, some of these hobbies even have the potential to make you money. Ready to start enjoying retirement without spending a dime? Here are eight budget-friendly activities for retirees.
Betty Gerstein, an 80-year-old retiree, tells AARP she’s able to take in tons of free concerts, sporting events, recitals, and meals simply by volunteering for various events and festivals throughout the year. For example, by helping out at a local film festival, she’s able to see a bunch of movies. By volunteering at a local tennis tournament, she receives free food and gets to take in all of the games.
Gerstein tells AARP that she spends about 70 percent of her time volunteering. You don’t need to take it to that extreme, but look ahead and pick and choose some of the upcoming festivals or events that you were planning to attend anyway. If they need extra help, you’ll be able to save money and still enjoy yourself.