50 Ways to Waste Time When You’re Broke and Bored

Is it hard to cure boredom when you have no money to catch a movie or go out for a nice dinner? Not at all, we say! Why blow money when you can make your own fun for next to nothing? Below are 50 ways to waste time when you’re broke and bored.


  1. Go people watching. No, not in a creepy way. Sit on a park bench and watch all the interesting people walk by.
  2. Mow your yard or do some gardening. The fresh air and exercise will do you some good.
  3. Grab a tent, some flashlights and have a camp-out in your backyard.
  4. Go for a swim at the community pool or local lake.
  5. Take a walk around the neighborhood.
  6. Go to a park and play on the swings.
  7. Play some sports. Even if you are by yourself, you can still hit some baseballs in the yard or kick around a soccer ball.
  8. Go outside and make a sketch of what you see.


  1. Take some time to catch up on current events
  2. Clip coupons. It is a great way to kill time and save money.
  3. If you are broke and bored, look for a second job. This will cure both of your problems.
  4. Make some helpful lists, such as all the things you would like to do once you aren’t broke anymore.
  5. Cook something creative with the things you already have in the kitchen.
  6. Pick up the dictionary and learn some new words.
  7. Turn on some music and dance.
  8. Go window shopping at the mall. As long as you leave your credit card at home, you won’t get into too much trouble.
  9. Play Sudoku. If you have never played before, it is very addictive and simple to learn. Sudoku puzzles can be found for free online.
  10. Hang out at a friend’s house.
  11. Invite some friends over to your house. You may want to warn them that you will be a broke host, however.
  12. Go visit your parents. You know they will want to see you and it is always a good place to score free food.
  13. Experiment with your make-up while no one is looking.
  14. Make some phone calls to your chattiest friends. Make sure they are local, though! You can’t afford long distance charges right now.
  15. Exercise. You know you need to.
  16. Write a short story and post it online for some feedback.
  17. Go on a free tour of a local plant, such as a brewery.
  18. Snuggle with your partner.
  19. Sing your heart out, even if you are tone deaf.
  20. Make some paper airplanes.
  21. After you’ve mastered the art of the paper airplane, step it up to origami.
  22. Write some complaint letters. Someone has assuredly mistreated you recently, even if it was some snot-nosed kid in the drive-thru.
  23. Volunteer for some local charity work.
  24. Organize your closet. While you are at it, try on some of your more ridiculous clothes from years ago.
  25. Clean the house. It will make you feel better about life once it is done.
  26. Do the laundry before it gets away from you.
  27. Take a long, relaxing bath.
  28. Try to renegotiate your credit card interest rates.
  29. Go to the local library. Enjoy the ambiance and pick up some classic literature.
  30. Take a nap.
  31. Play some classic board games, such as Monopoly or Clue.
  32. Play with your pets.
  33. Make a collage out of old magazines.


  1. Kill time by surfing YouTube. The hours will pass before you know it.
  2. Watch some classic films or recent television programs online. Yes, there arefree, legal sources.
  3. Have some fun with Google – look for a perfect Googlewhack. According to Wikipedia, “a Googlewhack is a Google search query consisting of two words, that returns a single result.”
  4. Socialize through your own MySpace or Facebook profile.
  5. Read some Craigslist ads. The personal ads, in particular, can be equal parts funny, sad and disturbing.
  6. Find a message board devoted to your favorite topic and engage in some discussions.
  7. If message boards are too slow for you, find a live chatroom.
  8. Play some free, online games.
  9. Catch up on some celebrity gossip. Yes, you will want to scrub your dirty soul clean after you peruse Perez Hilton, but a part of you secretly loves it.

Most of the above activities are completely free. You don’t have to max out yourMasterCard or Visa to have a little fun. Boredom is, thankfully, usually a passing mood and easily remedied by a little mental or physical stimulation. So, get up and move around or use that noggin of yours! As for being broke, Frugal Panda has plenty of helpful advice for remedying that, too.

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