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As students, we’re constantly told to save, manage, and budget our money. There are so many things that can get in the way of doing so, but the weekend doesn’t have to be one of them. There are plenty of ways to have fun with friends without spending a single dollar.

  1. Have a “cupboard potluck.”
    It’s time to play hide and seek in your cupboards, shelves, and refrigerators. Search for items that may have slipped to the back and get your friends to join in the fun by creating meals using only the ingredients you each find. You’ll make a creative meal without going out to an expensive restaurant and have a lot of fun while preparing it, too.
  2. Get your meal to go. 
    If you’re on a meal plan, grab your food to go and have a picnic on campus or at a nearby park.
  3. Host a film festival.
    Going to the movies doesn’t just cost you a ticket. There are snacks and beverages that tempt you as well! Instead, invite your friends over and ask them to bring their favorite DVDs and snacks to share.
  4. Attend a free concert.
    Cities and schools often host free concerts and music festivals. Check local newspapers and Web sites for free events at art galleries, museums, arts and crafts fairs, and theaters. Most also offer deeply discounted tickets for students with ID, and many companies offer great offers, too.
    Sample student ID discounts
    Being frugal has never been easier thanks to student IDs and the discounts that are available with them.

    When it comes to shopping, there’s plenty of money to be saved, and not just by scrounging through the clearance racks. Here are some examples:
    Many clothing and electronic stores provide students with discounts ranging from 10-20 percent off their merchandise.

    Services such as salons and car washes also offer great deals or may give students an extra bonus like a free blow dry with your haircut.

    Of course students have to eat. Luckily for you many restaurant chains and local eateries offer up delicious discounts and added bonuses. (Free bag of chips anyone?) Also check out free loyalty cards where points add up to money or special treats.

    Many theaters, museums, and community organizations provide a bit of financial relief for students. Always bring along your student ID and don’t be afraid to ask if there’s a discount, even if it’s not advertised.
  5. Create your own show.
    If you prefer to do the singing yourself, host a karaoke night using YouTube videos.

More Money-Free Weekend Ideas

Volunteer. 
Help out your community and make new friends at the same time. Head to the nearest senior home, hospital, animal shelter, or food bank. Many theaters also need volunteer ushers. You get to help out and then see the event for free.

Enroll in a free class.
Many community and athletic centers offer free beginner classes that allow you to test the waters in activities such as kickboxing, sculpting, or sign language.

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