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Free and Low-Cost Ways To Have Fun This Summer

May 24, 2024 | Source: NPR | by Life Kit

Play can help us adapt to difficult circumstances, collaborate better and problem-solve. But it can sometimes be expensive.

“Don’t let money or time be the thing that decides whether or not you will have fun,” says Emma Tempest, a positive psychology coach. “You can have fun almost in spite of those things if you really put your mind to it.”

Here are 10 ideas from NPR staff members and play experts on how to have fun without spending a lot of money.

1. House swap. Swap houses with a friend or family member. Perhaps you know someone who lives in a different neighborhood or city you’ve wanted to visit. “You can get a feel of what they like. If they have a pool, you can take a dip or check out their DVD collection,” says personal finance writer Nicole Dow. “That’s a low-cost alternative to taking a full-fledged vacation.”