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Bored? Don't Go Shopping!

posted Dec 6, 2011, 9:21 AM by Dawn Mogren   [ updated Oct 4, 2013, 1:26 PM by Roger Twitchell ]

Bored?  Don't Go Shopping!

Find something to do that doesn't involve money.

       INSTEAD: Play cards, a board games with freainds and family. A new board game called 'Settlers of Catan' and 'Ticket to Ride' are quite interesting.
       INSTEAD: Read or re read to yourself or someone else or a group . Discuss as you go along.
       INSTEAD: Thorughly clean/declutter a room or the garage. (Oh, you are so lucky to have a home).
        INSTEAD: Make  a pantry meal or Use It Up recipe
        INSTEAD: Make simple homemade gifts.

Ideas for handmade gifts

Small knitteds - gloves, scarves, hot water bottle covers, hats, tea cosies, phone covers, little toys,,cushion covers, bags. Some of these can be felted/fulled for extra interest.

Edibles - chutneys and jams, pickles, nice teas in a vintage/retro tin, sweeties, toffees, mustard, home made wine and liqueurs, home dried fruits, ketchups.

For the home - trimmed tea towels, handknitted dishcloths, quilted wallhangings, small samplers, restored picture frames, pot pourri, lavender bags, covered coathangers, little scented bags for hanging on handles, framed photos of family,etc you've taken yourself, pincushion,needle book, scissor keeper, book of promises (eg babysitting, 1 hour's housework, the ironing, etc)

Bathtime - homemade soap, bath oils, bath salts, knitted washcloths, herbal bags for the bath, hand sewn toilet bags, trimmed hand towels, homemade lotions and potions packed in pretty jars and bottles.

For the garden - home saved seed in handmade decorated packets; homemade handcream, exfoliating soap, wheat bag for those digger's aches and pains!

Handmade books, personalised printed notepaper and envelopes.

Hamper of bits and bobs from the above lists, packed in a pretty lined basket.

INSTEAD: Have a Craft and homemade pizza Social  . Idea for pizzas; fruit, savory, veggie, etc.

Just some ideas.

And some other anti-boredom ideas...

And of course you weather allowing you could go out and have a really nice bike ride, with others or alone, it's good either way.

If you have a camera, any camera, take time out for nature photography possibly just in your own yard/garden/neighborhood if desired.  If you don't have a camera, just carefully observe what's going on out there for awhile.

Spending time up close and personal with nature helps you stay in tune with nature however you do it.

And some thoughts on resisting an urge to buy yet more stuff...

One can look through catalogs, go people watching in a mall, whatever, and notice that a wonderful somethingorother is being sold for only $x.  One can then simply be grateful that a thing such as that wonderful somethingorother is being sold for only $x, and thus leave the sight of the wonderful somethingorother filled with joy that it's being sold for only $x.

The fact that it's being sold for only $x doesn't also mean you have to have one, but only that it is being sold for $x.  Nothing more.  And then when you leave, not only will you still have $x, you will also have the joy in you that that wonderful somethingorother is costing so relatively little, which is certainly enough.