You can still get something for nothing

The rising cost of necessities tempts us to reminisce about prices in 1970 (when a gallon of gas cost only 36 cents); however, what most people fail to recall is that the average income at the time was only $8,700.  Current times may be more challenging in general, but there are still a lot of wonderful things you can do for 36 cents or less—after all, the best things in life are free.  

Consider taking advantage of the following low or no-cost pleasures:

Exercising. You don’t have to join a gym or purchase expensive equipment to take care of yourself.  Instead, try taking a hike or go for a swim

Reading. Visit your local library for a wealth of information and entertainment.  Best of all, obtaining a library card is free.

Volunteering. Nothing puts things in perspective like helping someone less fortunate.  The feeling you will get from your selfless efforts is priceless.

Learning. Many people have many opinions about the state of our public education system.  Regardless, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to educate our children.  Get involved in your local school; community involvement builds strong schools.

Socializing. Vow to spend more time with family and friends.  Good conversation is always enjoyable and doesn’t cost a dime.

Don’t forget that Mother Nature is there for you to enjoy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To enjoy this free activity, simply take a look around.  Visit local parks and wildlife refuges.  You could also start a new hobby, like bird watching or fishing.

Have someting to add to the list?  Leave your suggestions in the comments section.

 

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

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