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Old 06-18-2019, 04:55 AM
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I'm into my third week of summer break and I'm struggling to find things to do without spending a lot money. I go to pilates twice a week and have gone shopping more than I should. I've done some deep cleaning and organizing in my house. I do have a pool but due to the heat (live in FL) I only go out for a bit in the morning. I do not want to spend a lot of time working on school stuff. That's what I tend to do when I have nothing else planned. Help, I need ideas!


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Old 06-18-2019, 05:04 AM
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Any gardens or parks to take walks in?

Friends you can coordinate to do crafts/hobbies with?

Books you want to read?
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:09 AM
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Enjoy your local library. Books, videos, magazines!

Research something you’ve always been interested in learning.

Take up calligraphy. You can probably find a how-to book at the library.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:09 AM
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Visit the library, the bookstore (even if you don't buy anything it is fun to browse), rent movies through the redbox, find out if any local museums have a day that is free, read, evening walks when it is a little cooler, do you like to do crafts?
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:24 AM
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Is there a local nursing home that would appreciate you reading to some of the residents? Or just visiting with them?

Volunteer at an animal shelter - playing with the animals or walking them (if they do that).


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Old 06-18-2019, 05:25 AM
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That's the thing about summer...spending more $ now that we've got more free time! It's either that or work, ha!

- Browse bookstores, stay and look through magazines, etc. if there are table to sit

- Go for drives and just drive where the road takes you without a particular plan in mind

- Any friends you can meet up with for a cheap outing?

- Go to a part of town you hardly get to go to during the year

- Day trips anywhere?

- Try something NEW: Facial, massage, etc.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:45 AM
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Keep the ideas coming. I do have a stack of books that I plan on reading. Hanging out at the bookstore is something my DH and I do on the weekends. I recently had a lunch date with my sister and am trying to set up others with friends. I have thought about volunteering but would they want someone that would only commit for the summer? I live in a tourist area so I usually don't want to venture out near the attractions due to crowds, during the summer. I do need to find a non school related hobby.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:45 AM
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Free:
*Exercise.
—Long walks in the early morning followed by a leisurely shower.
—Workout at home with hand weights and resistance bands. Zillions of online sessions.
*Volunteer. Look around your community and make some calls. Free help is appreciated by many.
*Reorganize your closets and cupboards.

Low cost:
*Take classes through your Parks & Rec. Fun! (I’ve taken exercise, sport, travel, foreign language, cooking, and craft classes.)
*Do those cupboards you’re reorganizing need new shelf paper?
*Paint something in your house—a room or a piece of furniture.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:01 AM
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Audio books and coloring books.

This is a new activity for me. I can focus on the story but still feel like I am doing something productive.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:03 AM
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There are online activities that can be fun such as crossword puzzles, etc.

I like world''s biggest crossword, Daily set puzzle, and 7 little words (these were suggested in an earlier post by amiga)

Also, try new recipes if you like to cook - bonus you can freeze portions for later. Most items last 3 months in the freezer and so would be available as a lunch option for the beginning of school if that's something you would like to do.

I just went to a different grocery store which I normally don't make it to and found many options that I really like. Nothing more expensive but just different.

I agree with the exercise option. I've really enjoyed that this summer.

Indoor plants/gardening?

Would you be interested in offering lessons in something that you enjoy? Maybe swimming lessons in your pool early mornings or late afternoons/evenings? tutoring?

Good luck and enjoy your summer!


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Old 06-18-2019, 07:48 AM
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Exercise...walk, beach, bike, etc, library here has many lectures, movies, and of course books. Cook fun meals! Clean and organize house. I love the painting idea.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:04 AM
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Read all those books you don't have time for during the school year.
Binge watch some series tv.
Exercise/walk every day.
Cook some new recipes.
De clutter and organize.
Visit a local attraction/park/shopping area you have never been to.
Learn a new skill/hobby.
Volunteer.
Have a pool party.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:11 AM
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When I was in grad school over twenty years ago, I took a sign language course. Now I am taking more sign language courses at a Center for the deaf so no college tests or projects. Maybe you can find a fun class that you’d like. There are some stores here that offer photography classes using a camera or your phone.
I joined two different book clubs at two different libraries. They read different types of books. Barnes and Noble here has serial murder podcast group. Not for me, but I know that my DD would love it.
I live in a large metropolitan area and every evening local towns and villages have free concerts with various kinds of music. I joined the Next Door Neighbor app and there’s a run walk group that meets in my area although I haven’t joined it.
Search your town or county websites and see if there are any events in your area.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:34 PM
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Could you experiment with some new recipes or stockpile some meals in the freezer for when school starts? Think how nice it would be to have some meals already prepared during the first weeks of school.
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:47 PM
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Do you enjoy reading?

What about puzzles of some sort online ?

Games online?

Paint a room in your house?

Do some redecorating?

Try a new recipe once or twice a week?

Volunteer somewhere just for the summer?

Call some old friends to chat?

Take lessons of some sort?

Arts and crafts?

Do some early holiday shopping?

Clean your car inside and out?

Does the garage need to be cleaned?

Plant something new in your garden?

Research your family tree?

Journal?

Do some hiking?

Binge watch a series on Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime?

Take some day trips in your area?

Give yourself a mani pedi?

Start a collection?
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:56 PM
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Read! I don’t have time during the school year so summer is when I read a book or two.
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:22 PM
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Maybe we need another central Florida lunch meet up! I’m just a little north of the Disney area and avoid that area as much as possible especially this time of the year!
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:59 PM
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I just moved to the area. I am about 10 minutes from Disney. I would love to meet up.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:38 PM
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Do you live near the ocean? I love to spend time at the beach! I also use summer as an opportunity to check out books from the library I have been wanting to read!

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Old 06-19-2019, 06:40 PM
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Great ideas so far

Jigsaw puzzle

Make greeting cards

Xmas shopping

Volunteer somewhere air conditioned

Make candles

Make jam

Start an autobiography
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