Just like many of you, I have been mostly confined by 4 walls and a roof.
Oddly, the hours seem to stretch beyond the 24-hour cycle. Every tick on the clock takes double the time to get to its next position.
But even with the long days, it seems there is still never enough hours in the day to be optimally productive. If I had it my way – I’d cram a year’s worth of tasks in just a day. But, you know, that’s not how things work.
Besides, I am trying to strike a healthy balance between work, movement, and chill.
One of those movement activities happens to be my least favorite thing-to-do ever: running. But, I am determined to get better at it and it’s one of those exercises where I don’t need equipment, money, or a plan to get my body moving.
In addition to running, here are a few food-related and other things I have been doing to fill up my time when I am bored at home – and broke. Don’t worry…everything on this list is broke-approved.
Here are 24 Broke Things To Do When Bored At Home.
1. Go For A Run.
I briefly touched on this. I have been going on more jogs lately to get my body moving.
Although I have a love/hate relationship for running, I love that 1) it’s free 2) I can still participate in social distancing 3) it requires no equipment.
2. Go For A Walk.
Being indoors can take a toll on everyone – even the most introverted amongst us all.
A daily dose of sunlight can do the body good. Whether it’s just going for a brief, brisk walk around the block or yard, get your legs moving and take a look at nature from time-to-time.
3. Take An Online Course.
Not so long ago I took advantage of LinkedIn’s Premium free trial.
I went in with a plan and took as many courses that I could take while being intentional with learning as much as I can.
4. Learn A New Home Workout.
Getting into a new home workout routine takes some creativity, but it’s not impossible.
If you’re new to it, give yourself 3-5 exercises to do. The other day, I did a combination of squats, bicep curls, and dancing.
Get your body moving for the free-free.
5. Try A New Recipe.
Just about every week I try out a new recipe or make an old one better.
Now’s the time to amp up those creative juices and cook with what you currently have. Check out these recipes made with pantry, shelf-stable, or frozen ingredients:
- Chocolate Oat Bran Muffins
- Savory, Buttery Oat Bran
- Roasted Carrot Red Lentil Soup
- Grilled Cinnamon PB&J
- Oil-Free “Fried” Veggie Rice
- Mushroom Chili
- Vegan Butter Chicken
For more check out my 25 Affordable Recipes From Pantry And Frozen Ingredients blog post.
6. Time Get Those Neglected Chores Done.
Although I do small daily tasks to keep my home neat and tidy, I went all in yesterday with a clogged sink. Fun, I know.
But because we did not have a drain cleaner product, I got creative. I pulled out the gunk with a wire hanger.
I am pleased to report my sink is working as it should. Yes, I’d like to accept my award as “OK self-titled novice plumber.”
7. Create A Budget.
It has always been a good idea to keep a good record of income and expenses to ensure your money is being optimally enjoyed.
Even before the global pandemic, my motto has been “save as much as you can.”
It’s easy to make unnecessary purchases and wonder how all of your money has vanished. With a solid budget, you can keep track of what you’re spending on and make adjustments as needed.
8. Read A Book.
If you’re like me, you probably have a bunch of books you haven’t read.
Recently, someone gifted me with a cookbook from one of my favorite vegan chefs, “Vegetable Kingdom” by Bryant Terry.
I am starting with that one, next, it’s a few others have unfortunately been collecting dust for some time.
9. Join A Facebook Group.
Looking for a bit of social interaction? Join a Facebook Group.
It’s free and there are plenty of them. Find what you love and start the conversation.
10. Learn To Sew
A great way to help the medical community during these hard times is to sew up masks and donate them to your local hopstital.
11. Tap Into Your Writing Skills.
No need to write a book – unless you want to, of course.
But pick up a pen and start creating a story, article, or document your experience on what’s happening in the world.
12. Create A New Recipe Using Ingredients You Have.
Like many people, I have spaced out my grocery trips.
Instead of going 1-2 times a week, I’ve been going every two weeks. This means getting more creative with what I buy and what I make.
Get in that kitchen and start creating dishes with what you have!
13. Learn How To Make Tofu Taste Like Chicken.
One of my all-time favorite recipes that takes just 3 ingredients is how to transform tofu into what tastes similar to cooked chicken.
The trick: first start with a frozen block of tofu to get that firm and “meaty” texture you want. Check out the recipe.
14. Reorganize Your Kitchen Pantry.
As often as I reorganize my pantry, it always somehow finds a way to get messy in just a few days.
I have a suspicion that all of my spices and dry foods have a huge party in the cabinets while we’re all sleeping.
Also, it’s probably a good idea to regularly remove everything off the shelves and wipe them down. Do a deep cleaning then organize everything again.
15. Clean Out Your Fridge.
Yeah, this is something I should do more often.
When I clean out my fridge, I remove everything out. Then, I wipe it down and throw out anything that can no longer be eaten used.
16. Play A Game.
Whether it’s a question-and-answer game with your partner or a round of “Never Have I Ever” with your friend on Zoom, do something fun.
If I had it my way, I’d play a game of Monopoly. But that’s probably not as fun with just one person.
17. Learn How To Cook Beans From Scratch.
Recently I have been cooking dry beans. Sure, it takes more time but I have it. Additionally, dry beans are much cheaper than canned.
One of my favorite things to make is a Puerto Rican dish called “Habichuelas Guisadas,” which is bean stew.
18. Start Journaling.
Write everything down – nobody’s looking.
Whether it’s just a daily account of your life, or what you have been dreaming about, write it down.
It’s a great way to relieve some tension and to just jot your thoughts down on something that’s there to listen
19. Learn A New Skill.
Is there something you have been wanting to learn? Start learning!
Even if it’s something you can’t quite do yet, like surfing, skateboarding, or wedding photography – you can still get a head start by watching YouTube videos from experts in the field or read from bloggers recording their experiences.
20. Get Involved With Your Local Community.
There are different ways you can get involved with the community, even if you need to abide by social distancing protocols.
21. Explore Your Favorite Things On Pinterest.
I am a BIG fan of Pinterest and it’s my go-to online platform to discover new content in my niche.
There is content in just about every topic you can think of: cooking, self-improvement, DIY, and more.
22. Learn Another Language.
Challenge yourself to learn a new language.
I have been *trying* learn Hindi little-by-little. I start with small tasks – like learning numbers from 1 to 10, or learning types of food (my favorite thing to learn).
23. Learn To Use A New Online Tool.
I have been taking SEO a lot more seriously in blogging.
Although I have been picking it up little-by-little since starting my blog, I have been committed to getting a handle on tools including Google Ads Keyword Planner and Google Search Console.
Choose an online tool you want to learn more about and master it.
24. Write A Things-To-Do List.
Wake up every morning with a to-do list.
If you’re not facing as many tasks as you used to before the pandemic, you can still push yourself to be productive. Every morning I write what I want to achieve. For example, here are some of mine for the day:
- Write this blog post
- Create new posts for Tailwind/Pinterest
- Record blogging expenses and income for the past few weeks
No matter if the task is small – write it down and get it done.
What are your favorite free or cheap things-to-do to keep yourself entertained? Comment below!