A lot of the things I used to do for amusement are too expensive for me now. Would love to hear of ideas other Boomers have for entertainment ideas that are affordable, hopefully free. Also, I work out of my house and would especially appreciate learning about ways to connect with others in my community. Thanks!
If you are working at home chances are you are not getting a lot of exercise… I'm semi-retired an ran into the same problem. Mall walking is a great way to stay in shape, doesn’t cost a thing, and it’s never too hot, too cold, raining or snowing. I walk at the largest enclosed mall in my area. The mall opens hours before the stores open so there’s no temptation to shop. The mall has a free club membership that awards prizes after every 50 miles we walk. You get to know the other people who have found this a great way to get active in a safe environment. Some of us meet for coffee afterwards at one of the food court spots. A lot of us are older, but you also see young mothers pushing strollers. It’s cool to meet up with new people and to get fit. Try it for yourself.
I am a retired English teacher and miss the interaction teaching offered. I volunteer at our local library, which is a good way to stay in touch. But starting a book club through the library was one of the best things I’ve done to keep my mind and friendships active. Your library is a good place to start – just post a note on the message board. You can also join or start a book club group on meetup.com. We read both classics and new books. You can get classics at the library or download them free on line. Sometimes we rent the movie after we’ve read and discussed the book. http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/readitforward/ offers free books to book clubs. They also have discussion questions and can sometimes arrange for the author to call in to one of your meetings to discuss the book. For newer books we ask our library to pool with others to get enough copies for everyone in the club. For a splurge we will go to the movie when the film version of the book comes out.
My dog Maze and I go for rides and she likes our daily walks, but she is rarely around other four-legged friends. We ventured out to a new dog park and it has become our new free entertainment. Maze gets to take a ride to someplace fun (not the vet) and we’ve met lots of other dog lovers. Also, got great advice on groomers, pet supplies and dog sitters from the other owners. The first visit can be a bit hectic. It’s best to go when it’s not crowded so your dog can ease in and not feel threatened. After a few visits she’ll become one of the gang. You'll also meet a lot of new friends who share your love for animals. We've even gotten together for other petcentric activities.
Like these ideas - will add one of my own. Had some time on my hands and a friend suggested I deliver meals on wheels. Best advice ever, it has changed my life. You can't imagine the feeling of showing up with a hot meal to someone who really needs it and is thankful to see you on their door step. I've met lots of very interesting folks and look forward to my weekly rounds.
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