How to Hide Candy in Your Room

Candy is a great treat, but some parents can be strict. If your parents don’t let you have candy (or if you have siblings who try to eat all your candy before you do), the best thing you can do is hide it. A good hiding place can keep your secret candy stash filled for weeks to come. A bad hiding spot can not only get you caught and in trouble, but it can get your candy taken away! Not every hiding spot will work for everyone, however, and how long you are able to keep your secret really depends in your hiding skills, and your parents’ finding skills.

EditFinding Good Hiding Places
Hide your candy in layers. The longer it takes to get to your candy, the harder it will be to find. For example, your sock drawer may not be a good idea. All someone has to do is open up the drawer and see the candy. A better idea would be inside one of your socks. This way, whoever opens up your sock drawer won’t be able to see your candy right away—they will have to dig through your socks first.

Make your candy hard to get to. Similar to hiding your candy in layers, the longer it takes to get to your candy, the less likely someone will find it. Great places include under your clothes in a drawer, far under your bed, in a box at the very top of your shelf, and so forth.

Hide your candy in different spots. The saying “don’t put all of your eggs into one basket” exists for a reason. If you hide all of your candy in one spot, and someone finds it, you might end up with no candy. Try to hide your candy in at least two different places.
Don’t hide your candy too close together. For example, if you have some candy tucked away into your socks in one drawer, don’t hide the rest of your candy in the next drawer.

Don’t hide your candy in places that get warm. This includes next to windows, near heaters, or close to lights. The reason for this is simple: candy melts if it gets hot. A good hiding place won’t be of much use to you if you can’t eat the candy later on. Not to mention, melted candy can create a mess, and messes attract attention.

Skip the obvious hiding places. Lockers, safes, and piggy banks are all popular hiding places—and this means that they are obvious hiding places. Shoe boxes that say “TOP SECRET” or “KEEP OUT” are also bad choices, because they draw attention and curiosity. Your friends and siblings would be more likely to go through these boxes.

EditUsing What You Have
Try using what you have at home. You don’t have to make a secret cubby to hide your candy. You can use what you have in your room, such as a sock drawer or tissue box. This section will give you a few ideas on where you can hide candy in your room.

Hide your candy in the bottom of a tissue box. Find a tissue box, then carefully lift out the entire stack of tissues. Place your candy in a thin layer along the bottom, then place the stack of tissues back. Pull out the first tissue—this will make it look like the tissues are “in use.”

Try hiding your candy inside your pillowcase. This only works for a short while, and you have to take the candy out before you go to sleep. Keep the candy on the bottom of the pillow case—the side that is touching the mattress. If you put it in the top, the candy will make lumps, and give your secret away.

Hide candy inside your clothes. Find a shirt that you never use, and hide the candy in it. Place the shirt neatly back in your drawer. It would be best to use a shirt that you don’t wear often. For example, if it is summer, hide your candy in a winter shirt or a sweater. If it is winter, hide the candy in one of your summer shirts.
Another great hiding spot is inside of a pair of socks.

Coat pockets make great hiding places too!

Keep the candy in a small box on top of your bookshelf. Push the box towards the back of the shelf, against the wall. This will keep the box out of sight.

Hide candy inside magazine folders. It would be best to use folders that you are currently using. That way, the folders will look like they are only being used for magazines.

Camouflage the candy. Candy and toys are both brightly-colored. If you have a bin where you keep lots of small, plastic toys, you can hide some small, brightly-colored candies in the bottom of that bin. The bright colors of your toys will help camouflage the bright colors of the candy.

EditAvoiding Detection
Throw the wrappers away outside your home. If you have a trashcan in your room or home, don’t throw the wrappers away in that. If someone sees candy wrappers in the trashcan, they will suspect that you are hiding candy in your room. Instead, throw the candy away at school.

Don’t brag. If you brag about hiding candy in your room, someone may go looking for it. If you have any siblings, it might be a good idea to keep your candy stash secret from them. If they get mad at you, they may tell on you. They may also get careless and accidentally give your secret away.

Act natural. Don’t get nervous, especially if someone is close to one of your hiding spots. For example, if someone opens the sock drawer where you hid your candy, don’t scream “Don’t open that!” or “Don’t look in there!” This will tell the other person that you are hiding something, and they will get suspicious and look through your sock drawer.

Don’t draw attention to your candy stash. People tend to look where other people are looking. If someone is with you in your room, and you keep looking at your secret stash, the other person may get curious. They may even try to look wherever you are looking and find your candy.

Don’t hide your candy in places that other people go through often. For example, if someone does your laundry for you, don’t hide your candy in your dresser, wardrobe, or closet. Another example would be a toy bin or a bookshelf that both you and a sibling use.

Rotate your hiding places. The longer something sits in one place, the more likely someone will find it sooner or later. If you plan on hiding the candy in your room, plan on changing the hiding places at least once a week. If there are lots of people going through your room, you might even want to change the hiding places every day.

EditMaking a Faux Book Cubby
Choose a box that will fit on your bookshelf. A shoe box might be a little too big, but those cardboard boxes that snacks and granola bars would be perfect. You can also use a small, wooden box instead.[1]

Find a picture online of some book spines. You can choose any types of books you want, but it might be a good idea to use books that you might find on your shelf. For example, if you have a lot of new books, a set of dusty, leather-bound books might look out of place.
You can also stack some of your own books together, then photocopy their spines.

Use an image editor to make them the same width as your box. Measure your box first and write that number down. Open up your picture in an image-editing program. Change the canvas size until the width matches up with the number you wrote down.

Print the image out. Try to get good-quality print out. You can use plain, old printer paper for this.

Glue the paper to a sheet of thin cardboard. Find a sheet of thin cardboard—an old cereal box would work great for this. Next, cover the cardboard with a thin layer of glue. It might be a good idea to paint the glue on with a paintbrush. If you use too much glue, your paper will get soggy.
If you are using a cereal box, cut out the front or back first, then put the glue on the cardboard side. The image size will be on the back from now on.

Place the picture on top of the glue. Use your fingers or the edge of a ruler to smooth it out. Wait for the glue to dry before you move on.[2]

Cut the spines out. The picture you printed out will probably have a white background, or the background of a bookshelf. For this project, you want just the spines and no background. Use a pair of scissors to cut your image out of the cardboard. Follow the top edges of the spines as best as your can.[3]
If you are very careful, you can also use a craft knife. Be sure to work on top of a cutting mat, and to cut away from yourself.

Glue the cardboard to the side of your box. Cover the side of your box with a thin layer of glue first. Next, place the cardboard cutout on top of the glue. Make sure that bottom and side edges of your cardboard cutout match up with the bottom and side edges of your box.[4]

Fill your box with candy, then slide it between two books on your bookshelf. This cubby not only acts as a storage for your secret candy stash, but it also doubles-up as a nifty bookend!

Don’t limit your ideas to only candy. You can keep small bags of chips, cookies, or even fruit snacks! You can also use this on things that aren’t edible, like love notes and cups of slime. Just be careful not to get any crumbs or stains on the carpet!

If you have any younger/older siblings that may rat you out, the best thing to do is either bribe them, or stash everything into your schoolbag before your sibling tells your parent/guardian.

If you need to hide bulky candy, don’t hide them in tight places. The bulges will give it away.

If you have a dog or any other kind of pet that could sniff it out, you should hide your candy up high.

Keep your candy in the wrappers. This will not only keep your room clean, but it will also prevent ants and other critters.

If you have an old bag that you don’t use, hide your secret stash in there!

If you are eating when someone is coming to your room, hide the candy in a spot they wouldn’t look at, but a spot that is close or they will be suspicious.

For candy wrappers I just use a paper bag and then squish up the bag before throwing it away. I’ve done it a couple times and as long as nobody finds the bag, it should work. You can get paper bags from the dollar store.

These methods are not guaranteed to work all the time. Whether or not someone finds your candy depends on how well you hid your candy—and how good they are at finding things.

If your parents find out, the best thing you can do is give in and get in trouble. You can always start another collection later.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditMaking a Faux Book Cubby
Small box

Print-out of book spines

Thin cardboard


Scissors or craft knife

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How to Lose Weight and Gain Muscle

Losing weight and building muscle are both challenging. But with a healthy eating plan and a new workout routine, you can accomplish both at the same time! Eat lots of protein and healthy carbs. This will give you the energy to hit the gym and lift some weights. You’ll also want to incorporate High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to burn fat as effectively as possible.

EditReducing Your Weight with Dietary Changes
Calculate your ideal daily caloric intake. In order to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. That means you need to burn more calories than you consume. You can use an online calculator to figure out how many calories you need per day. Everyone’s needs are different, so use a calculator rather than just looking at general guidelines.[1]
Once you have your estimated calorie guideline, subtract 300 calories from that number. For example, if the calculator suggests that you need 1800 calories per day, you’ll want to consume 1500 to lose weight.

Remember that you need plenty of energy in order to work out, so don’t plan to drastically cut calories.

Talk to your doctor about your nutritional needs.

Choose whole foods to get the most nutrients. Pick foods that will provide you with energy and give your body what it needs. Whole foods (foods that are unprocessed or barely processed) are the best fuel for your body. They can also help you lose weight, as they typically have less fat and sugar than processed foods. Examples of whole foods include:[2]




Whole grains

Increase your protein intake to build muscle and feel full. When you reduce your caloric intake, you may need to increase your protein intake to help build muscle. Aim to eat about of protein per pound of body weight (0.9 grams per kilogram of body weight). You can eat a variety of healthy proteins such as:[3]






Aim to lose 1-2 lbs per week. Slow and steady is the key to healthy weight loss. Plus, if you lose weight too quickly, you will also lose muscle. Your goal should be sustained weight loss of 1-2 lbs per week.[4]

EditBuilding Muscle with Strength Training
Strength train for 45 minutes 3 times a week to build muscle. The best way to build muscle is to start a weight lifting routine. You can use either free weights or machines, or a mixture of both. Schedule 3 workouts per week, and plan to train for about 45 minutes.[5]
Alternate days, rather than doing 3 sessions in a row.

Consider joining a gym. You will have access to all of the equipment that you need, plus a staff that can guide you.

Include leg exercises in each routine. Your legs are a major muscle group, so you want to work them each time you train. If you’re working out at a gym, ask a staff member to show you how to work the weight machines. Make sure to exercise your hamstrings, quadriceps, and inner and outer thighs. If you’re using free weights, you should choose to do some of the following exercises each session:[6]



Perform both push and pull exercises to get a complete workout. To get the most from your workout, you want to push weights and pull them, so that you hit your muscles from all angles. Effective push exercises include bench presses and overhead presses, as well as tricep dips. Pull exercises include rows and pull ups.[7]
The amount of weight you use depends on your fitness level. You might start with a 5 lb weight, and gradually add more. The same is true with the number of sets and reps you should complete. Generally, you’ll probably start with 10-12 reps and 2-3 sets.

Complete core exercises to build abdominal muscles. In order to get rock hard abs, you need to work your core. Doing this will also help increase overall strength and stabilization.[8]
Add planks to your routine. Start with holding a plank for 30 seconds a session. Gradually increase your time to 2 minutes. You can also add in 1 armed side planks to work your obliques.

Do hanging knee raises. Hang onto a stable bar at the gym. Lift your knees towards your chest and lower them back down for 1 rep. You might only be able to do a couple at a time at first, but you can work your way up to doing 10-12 in a set.

Keep a training journal to track your progress. Each time you workout, write down how many reps you do of each exercise, and how heavy the weights were. You’ll have a record of where you started and note the areas where you have improved. You can use a standard notebook or use an app to keep your notes.[9]

Consider meeting with a trainer if you’re new to weight training. It’s really important to have good form when you work with weights. If you’re new to this type of workout, it might be a good idea to consult a trainer. If you work out at a gym, ask about setting up a session with a trainer.[10]
Many gyms will offer a complimentary introductory session.

A regular trainer might be beyond your budget, and that’s okay. You could also watch videos from reputable sources online to get an idea of what great form looks like. Good sources include ACE training videos, videos made by physical therapists and kinesiologists, and videos from certified personal trainers.

Incorporate stretching to help prevent injury. Make a point to stretch after each workout. Aim for 5-10 minutes each session. You don’t have to stretch every muscle in your body, but make sure to release the tension from the areas that you worked that day.[11]
Do simple toe touches to stretch out your legs.

Stretch your arms straight at shoulder level so that look like a T. Face your palms up toward the ceiling. Slowly rotate your palms down toward the floor, keeping your arms in the T position. Hold the stretch for a moment, then rotate your palms back toward the ceiling. Repeat this stretch 4-5 times in each direction.

EditAdding HIIT Workouts to Your Routine
Swap lengthy cardio sessions for HIIT. HIIT sessions are a great way to get your heart rate up and get you quickly into the fat burning zone. These are a great choice, because while lengthy cardio sessions can burn a lot of calories, they can also break down muscle as well as fat. When you’re looking to build muscle and lose weight at the same time, HIIT workouts are your best bet.[12]

Warm up for 3-5 minutes. Let your body ease into the workout by slowly getting started. Choose any simple exercise as a warm up, and do it for a few minutes before starting your intervals. You might:[13]
Move through a cat/cow flow

Do arm circles and swings

Swing your legs forward and back

Slowly jump rope

Work at your hardest point for 60 seconds. It doesn’t matter what you do for 60 seconds. It just matters that you are pushing yourself to the absolute limit for 60 seconds. Obviously, you should be able to breathe, but talking in complete sentences should be very difficult. Set a timer on your phone or watch so that you know when time is up. Great exercises to incorporate include:[14]
Lateral lunges

Jumping jacks


Slow down and recover for 2-4 minutes. Now you want to bring your heart rate back down for a short time. You’ll keep working, just not at the same pace. During these recovery periods, you could do sit-ups or push-ups, walk on a treadmill, or ride at a gentle speed on a stationary bike. You want to keep burning calories, but get your breath and strength back.[15]

Complete 1-3 HIIT workouts per week for the best results. Ideally, you should aim for 2-3 20-30 minute sessions per week. Alternate days, so that you do strength training 1 day and HIIT the next.[16]
You can download HIIT apps on your phone to guide you through workouts.

Many gyms offer HIIT classes, if group exercise is your thing.

Super high-intensity workouts can strain your heart. If you get up past 80% of your maximum heart rate during your HIIT workouts, limit them to once per week to give your heart time to recover and build strength.

Mix up your workouts so you don’t get bored.

Keep a food diary so that you can track your weight loss progress and note any issues.

Talk to your doctor before making drastic modifications to your wellness routine.

Don’t lift heavy weights without a spotter.

Stop exercising if you feel dizzy or have great difficulty breathing.

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How to Make Cookie Dough Hot Chocolate

Cookie dough hot chocolate puts an even sweeter twist on your classic cup of hot chocolate. Topped off with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and mini chocolate chip cookies, this tasty cup of hot chocolate will warm you up on cold days.

Makes: 4 servings

4 tablespoons butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 pint cookie dough ice cream

5 cups milk

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Whipped cream

Mini chocolate chips

1 cup mini chocolate chip cookies

1 melted chocolate bar

Rim your mugs or glasses with chocolate. Dip the mugs in melted chocolate, only covering the rims. Let the chocolate harden for about 10-15 minutes.

Whisk the ice cream, butter, brown sugar, and cocoa powder in a large pot. Whisk over medium-high heat until the ice cream fully melts.

Pour in the milk. Stir in the milk with a whisk and mix until the mixture starts to steam.

Carefully pour the hot chocolate into the mugs.

Decorate the cookie dough hot chocolate. Top the hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, and mini chocolate chip cookies.

Serve immediately. Place the hot chocolate mugs on a serving tray next to a bowl of cookie dough. Enjoy!

You can also substitute water for milk.

For an extra chocolatey taste, add one pint of chocolate ice cream in with the cookie dough ice cream.

Squirt chocolate or vanilla syrup over the hot chocolate for a sweeter taste.

Take caution not to over-cook the hot chocolate mixture, or the ice cream will burn.

Avoid topping the hot chocolate with whipped cream when it’s extremely hot, or it will melt.

EditThings You’ll Need
4 mugs or heat-resistant glasses





Serving tray

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How to Dress for Homecoming

While homecoming might not be as formal as prom, it’s still a special occasion and a fun chance to dress up. Even if you’ve never been to a homecoming dance before, you can find the perfect look for the dance! Whether you’re going with a date, sticking with friends, or rocking out solo, the right outfit can make you look and feel great!

EditWearing a Dress
Check your school’s dress code. Some schools have a relaxed dress code for dances, but others still expect students to abide by certain rules, like wearing skirts of a certain length or covering their shoulders. You should know these rules before you buy your homecoming outfit.[1]

Choose a color that will flatter your skin tone. Look for clothes in the colors you think look best on you. If you have a warmer skin tone, choose shades like gold, red, coral, or fuschia. If your skin tone is cool, opt for silver, blue, green, or purple.[2]
You can determine your skin tone by checking the veins in your arm. If they appear purplish or blue, you have a cool skin tone. If they seem greenish, you have a warm skin tone. If you can’t tell, you probably have a neutral skin tone, and almost any color will look good on you.

Ask older friends how formal your dress should be. If you need help deciding what to wear, it’s always a good idea to ask someone who’s already been! If you have friends or siblings who have been to Homecoming, ask them what they wore, or what they noticed other people wearing. This will help give you a good idea how formal your school’s Homecoming dance is.
Recent trends in homecoming dresses have favored shorter styles, but a long skirt with a crop top or a fitted floor-length dress would be nice choices as well.[3]
Longer dresses are considered more formal. If your school has a formal Homecoming, you may want to choose a long dress.

Match your dress to your date or your friends. If you’re going to Homecoming with a date or as part of a big group of friends, you can try to coordinate your dress to the colors they’ll be wearing.
If your dress is blue, ask your date to consider wearing a blue shirt or a blue tie in a similar shade.

You don’t have to match exactly what they’re wearing unless you want to. For instance, if your best friend is wearing a pink, you might choose a pink dress in a different shade.

Wear a short sheath dress if you’re girly and you like showing your figure. No matter your shape, if you want to show it off, opt for a sheath dress. Sheath dresses are made to fit close to your figure and are usually nipped in at the waist. Choose that skims close to your body without hugging you too tightly. [4]
Pair a sheath dress with a strappy pair of heels and loose wavy hair for a sophisticated look.

Wear a flowing dress that accentuates your curves if you’re full-figured. There are more options than ever for plus-sized girls these days, and Homecoming is a great time to try out a cute new style. Look for a knee-length dress in a flowy fabric that gently hugs your curves. Avoid styles that are too loose or too tight.[5]
A pretty empire dress with a bow at the waist and a pair of sparkly flats is a great look for Homecoming! Wear your hair half-up and half-down for a feminine finishing touch.

Choose an A-line dress with wide straps if you have broad shoulders. A dress with wider straps will make athletic shoulders look more proportionate to your figure. An A-line dress flares out slightly starting at the waist, can help balance out a narrow bottom half.[6]
Wear your hair in an up-do and choose a pair of pumps in a bold color to complement your A-line dress.

Wear an Empire-waist dress to look taller if you’re short. Empire-waist dresses have a seam beneath the bust. This makes your waist look longer, which makes you seem taller.[7]
Opt for an updo with a lot of volume and the tallest pair of heels you’re comfortable in to look like your tallest self!

Shop at resale shops or online to save money. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a Homecoming dress, try to find one that someone is selling. Many times, girls will wear their Homecoming dress once and then sell it so someone else can enjoy it.
Check classified websites, local marketplaces online, and consignment shops in your area.

EditSuiting Up
Wear nice slacks if your Homecoming is less formal. Some schools have a very relaxed Homecoming. Tuck in a button-down shirt and wear dress shoes for a casual-yet-dressy dance.[8]

Wear a suit and tie for a semi-formal look. Most Homecoming dances are semi-formal. Opt for a nice suit and a button-down shirt. Fit is important for masculine styles, so if you can, have your jacket tailored so it will fit you perfectly.[9]
Wear loafers with a button-down shirt slacks if you want to show off your preppy style.

Pair your suit with a cool pair of sneakers if you prefer a casual look.

Buy or rent a tux for a formal dance. If your Homecoming is formal, you may want to choose to wear a tuxedo. If you don’t already own one, you can rent a tux from many stores which carry menswear.[10]
If classic black isn’t your style, have fun with your look! Tuxedos are available in a wide range of colors to show off your personality.

If you’re not sure if a tux is appropriate for your school’s Homecoming, ask someone who has attended the dance in the past few years.

Opt for a jumpsuit if you want to look feminine without wearing a dress. Dressy jumpsuits or pantsuits are a great way to be comfortable while still being ready for a Homecoming dress! Look a jumpsuit in a flowy material with dressy embellishments like gemstones or a bow.[11]
A long jumpsuit looks great when paired with heels or dressy sandals and a low chignon.

Choose a corsage or boutonniere if you have a date. It’s customary to give your date a corsage or a boutonniere. A boutonniere is a small spray of flowers that is typically worn on a suit lapel, while a corsage is more elaborate and can be worn on the wrist or pinned to a dress.[12]
Talk to your date beforehand to make sure the flowers coordinate with their outfit.

To make sure you get the flowers you want, you should order your corsage or boutonniere at least a week in advance.

Carry a small clutch if you want to bring a purse. You don’t want to have to keep up with a heavy bag while you’re dancing the night away. If you need a bag to keep your lipstick and phone, choose a lightweight wristlet or a clutch that coordinates with your outfit.[13]
You can choose a clutch that is the same color as your dress, or you can make it stand out by choosing a coordinating color. For instance, if you have a black dress, you could choose a sparkly silver clutch.

Choose shoes that will be comfortable for dancing. You might want to wear a sky-high pair of heels or a brand-new pair of wingtips, but make sure that your feet will be comfortable. Nothing will ruin your Homecoming night faster than uncomfortable shoes.[14]
Look for shoes with cushioned insoles and plenty of room in the toes. Make sure there are no embellishments or seams that will rub your feet and cause blisters.

Wear a cummerbund to accentuate a formal look. Cummerbunds are made to cover your waist, and are commonly included with tuxedos. You can choose a classic black cummerbund, or you can match the color to your date’s outfit.[15]

EditStyling Your Hair and Makeup
Ask a friend who loves makeup to help you get ready. If you have a friend who loves all things cosmetic, as them to help you get ready! They’ll probably jump at the chance to help you perfect your Homecoming look.

Have your makeup done at the mall to treat yourself. Many department stores and beauty stores offer professional makeup services. This can be a great way to try out a new look without having to buy a lot of new makeup. Most stores charge a fee for this service, so call in advance.[16]
It’s a good idea to make an appointment ahead of time, since they will probably be busy around the time of the dance.

If you can, bring a little money with you to tip the makeup artist. You may also want to buy one of the products they use on you!

Opt for a makeup style that focuses on one feature of your face. Try emphasizing one area rather than going too heavy all over your face.[17]
If you choose a sultry, smoky eye, try pairing it with a nude or soft pink lip.

A matte red lip is complemented by subtle eyeshadow and winged eyeliner.

Visit a hairstylist if you want an elaborate updo. It can be hard to perfectly arrange piles of curls into a hairstyle that looks great and stays in place all night. If this is the look you have in mind, consider making an appointment to have your hair done the day of the dance.

Do your hair at home if your style is simple. There are a number of pretty styles you can do yourself if you don’t want to get your hair styled professionally.
For a pretty, feminine look, curl your hair, then wear it half-up and half-down. You can even add a braid to the hair that’s pulled up for an unexpected touch.

Use bobby pins to fasten a flower or a tiara into your hair if you wear it down in loose waves.

Wear a low bun or chignon for a classic, sophisticated look.

Use gel or hairspray to style short hair. Depending on your style, you can style your hair into spikes, a side part, or a pompadour. If you need a trim, plan to get one about a week before the dance so your hair will look its best.

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How to Enjoy Life Without Money

It is very possible to enjoy life without money with a little effort and brainstorming. You can trade and swap for things like clothing and books, and shop cheaply for other items. With some creativity you can enjoy a host of free or inexpensive activities with friends and family. Even travel without money is a possibility with ridesharing and couchsurfing communities. Make the most of every opportunity to enjoy life without spending a dime!

EditFinding Free, Fun Activities
Go for hikes on free trails in your area. Many cities have walking trails that people can enjoy safely and free of charge. Look online or contact your local municipal government to see what scenic nature trails are accessible in your area. Be sure to wear athletic shoes, comfortable clothing, and sunscreen for your hikes, and bring water to stay hydrated.[1]
Avoid hiking on unmarked trails, where you may get lost or injured.

Play outdoor sports with friends. Sports like soccer, football, frisbee, and rugby can easily be played for free. Bring together a group of friends to play occasional or regular games in a nearby park or field. If you want more players, post game times and locations on your social media accounts to look for additional players.[2]

Visit free, public-access beaches. Relaxing on a beach is the ultimate fun, leisure activity outdoors, and it can also be budget-friendly. Look online for free access beaches in your area that you can visit with friends or family. Pack towels, food, drinks, sunscreen, and flip flops and you’re good to go!

Spend time at your local library. A membership at your local library is a great way to keep yourself entertained and stimulate your intellect. Visit the librarian’s desk to sign up for a free library card, which will allow you to borrow books, as well as magazines and DVDs in some locations. Some libraries also feature free activities like book clubs or poetry readings to keep things interesting.[3]
Bring a proof of your current address with you when you sign up for your library card, like a utilities bill.

Visit museums, aquariums, or zoos on free admission days. Taking advantage of free days is a great way to experience your city’s culture without spending money. Check the websites for your local museums, aquariums, or zoos to see if they have any special free admission days coming up. These days will be especially busy so be sure to arrive early to ensure that you beat the crowds to access the exhibits.[4]

Play board games with family and friends. Game nights are a great way to spend quality time with loved ones without spending money. Invite people over to play a group game that is fun, interactive, and lively. For extra fun, make it a BYOB night and provide some inexpensive snacks to enhance the evening.[5]

EditEating Well
Visit farmer’s markets before closing time to negotiate prices. Fresh produce can be expensive, but it is an important part of a healthy and satisfying diet. Shop for deals at you local farmer’s market, buying only what is in season and inexpensive. For greater savings, visit the market near closing time and ask vendors if they’d be willing to sell some of their remaining stock at a discounted price.[6]

Dress up affordable meals to make them seem fancier. Having a limited food budget does not mean that you can’t enjoy your dining experiences. Dress up basic foods with extra spices and garnishes to make them more interesting and appetizing. Set the mood for a more luxurious dining experience by plating your food in interesting ways or lighting candles.
For instance, dress up boxed macaroni and cheese with garlic flakes and oregano and serve it with a fresh parsley garnish.

Host potluck gatherings. Potlucks are parties where each guest brings a favorite dish to create a large, eclectic feast. Host potluck gatherings at your home for friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to benefit from their culinary offerings in exchange for your hospitality. Ask guests to share what they will be bringing ahead of time so you can keep track of what foods will be served.[7]

Visit a local food bank if you can’t make ends meet. Food banks offer groceries to economically disadvantaged people living in the area at no cost. If you are having difficulty affording food, visit a food bank in your area to seek assistance. Food banks are often hosted by churches or other non-profit organizations.
Visit to find a food bank near you.

EditGetting New Things
Update your wardrobe at clothing swaps. Clothes swaps are meetups where you can bring clothing you no longer want and trade it for garments brought by other people. They are a great way to freshen your look and meet friends without spending any money. Look online for clothing swaps in your area, or organize one with friends or social media contacts.[8]
Organize larger clothing swaps by handing out tickets or vouchers for each item a person brings, which can then be used to procure another item.

Visit garage sales and flea markets for inexpensive new decor. Garage sales and flea markets are a great way to find unique, interesting items to add to your home for next to no money. Keep an eye on local newspaper listings and social media for events like this happening in your community. Be sure to arrive early to ensure that you get the best selection of the day’s deals and offerings.[9]

Trade books online or at a book swap. If you have read books that you are ready to get rid of, look for book swapping events in your area. If no live events are happening, visit an book trading website to barter books. Certain sites will find people interested in your books, then send you credits for what you’ve traded to obtain other books listed on the site.[10]
Look for a book swapping website that provides easy-to-print shipping labels, like

Practice extreme couponing. Extreme couponing involves combining coupons and promotions to get hefty savings on in-store items at grocery stores, department stores, and pharmacies. Look online for coupons for your favorite products to print out and use. Compare prices and weekly sales at different stores to make sure that your coupon savings will go as far as possible.[11]

EditTravelling Frugally
Get a ride to travel destinations with family, friends, or acquaintances. If people you know are driving to a location you would like to visit, take advantage of the opportunity to ask them for a lift. Offer to help with gas money or, if you don’t have any cash, offer a trade or service instead. Be a polite and respectful co-traveller to show your appreciation for their generosity.
For instance, offer free babysitting or guitar lessons to a friend in exchange for a ride to a city they are visiting.

Get to new destinations with ridesharing services. There a many ridesharing websites and apps that allow budget travellers to find a shared lift to their destination. These sites will also screen and identify the drivers, making the ridesharing experience safe and simple. Search for available rideshares in your area, which may vary in cost but will cost significantly less than traveling alone.[12]
For instance, visit to search for rideshare opportunities near you.

Practice safe hitchhiking to get around. Hitchhiking is a free way to travel, but you need to take precautions to make it safe. Ask each driver several questions before getting in the vehicle, including what their name is, where they are heading and why they are going there. Follow your gut instinct and avoid getting into a car with anyone who gives you a bad feeling.[13]
Wait near a stop sign or stop light to give drivers a chance to pull over.

Stick out your thumb, which is a universal signal for hitchhiking, to attract attention.

Join a free hospitality-sharing community. Find free accommodations in other cities and meet new friends by joining a couchsurfing community online. You will be able to chat with participating members living in the area you are travelling to and arrange accommodations before travelling. In addition to being able to sleep on someone’s couch or in their spare room, you may find someone to show you around the city.[14]
Visit, the most popular couchsurfing community, to sign up and find future accommodations.

Camp at inexpensive campsites. Camping can be a budget-friendly activity if you find the right park or site. Search online for camp sites near your travel destination. Visit for a comprehensive list of North American campgrounds, which indicates sites with a rate of $12 or less per night.

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