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Invite some friends to do the same, then get together for a potluck dinner prepared from only these ingredients and whatever else you have on hand.

Besides making for a “free” meal, it generates what I call creative success through constraint and a lot of fun for everyone involved.

(Make sure you dispose of the old oil according to local laws; most gas and service stations will accept your used motor oil.) Use your car manual as a guide for the procedure and you might just find it’s both a lot easier than you thought and a useful skill to have — it’s cheaper than taking your car to Jiffy-Lube (or wherever you go for oil changes).

Make an effort to introduce yourself to your neighbors if you don’t know them very well.

Here are 50 small business ideas you could work on during a money-free weekend.) Please note that everyone’s interests are different — you probably won’t find everything on this list fun (just as I can think of countless things other people find fun that I find utterly dreadful), but hopefully you’ll discover a few ideas that interest you. Look at your town’s website (as well as those of cities and towns nearby) or stop by city hall to find a list of events going on in the community, many of which are free.

You’ll often be surprised at how many interesting (and free) activities are going on in your area.

Since then, many people have sent me more ideas for things to do on a money-free weekend, and we’ve uncovered a bunch of our own as well.

We have a pile of board games, mostly received as gifts, that we often pull out and play; our closest friend has a few choice ones as well.

If you’re inspired to try your own money-free weekend, hopefully this guide can act as a master list of things to do to make it more enjoyable.

(Another productive way to spend that time is by working on your own business.

In either case, you’ll declutter by getting rid of stuff you don’t watch, read, or listen to anymore, and possibly earn a bit of money – or at least some shelf space.

Go through your cupboards and find any items that might have slipped to the back over time.