Low Cost Bucket List Ideas – Cheap or Completely Free

low cost bucket list ideasThe bucket list lifestyle is becoming more and more popular, with many influencers showing us how wonderful a life of travel and experiences is. But the reality is your bucket list is completely individual and shouldn’t be based on what others are doing or telling you to do. One of the major factors as to what you can achieve is money, and we find that many people don’t even start their list because they struggle to afford daily life.

We want to show you that there are low cost bucket list ideas available for you to try. These are still incredible opportunities to add joy, wellness, and fun into your life, which we’re huge fans of. Fulfilling your dreams doesn’t have to be bungee jumping off a cliff, it could be finding mental peace and contentment.

A good idea if you’re new to bucket listing is to have a pen and paper with you, so you can write down the items you want to delve into a little further on. So, let’s go and hopefully we can help you begin your very own bucket list.


Simple Cheap and Free Bucket List Ideas

If you’re ready, then start making your way through our extensive list and remember to make a note of any you fancy. If life is feeling a little flat or like ground hog day, then why not take a peek at your list and try something. We’ve written this in no particular order, so you’ll find equally great options throughout.

1. Do a Random Act of Kindness

This could be anything and remember it doesn’t have to be huge, or even cost money. You could help your elderly neighbour by painting their fences, ask someone if they need a lift at the bus stop, or buy a homeless person some food. There is a pure joy to giving your time to someone else and making their life better. If you’re happy to spend a little bit, then you could buy someone a small gift and if you get it from a charity shop then your good deed is doubled. Should you have the time to make it a regular thing, then you could really enhance the impact on a person’s life.

2. Fall in Love

fall in love bucket listNot exactly an easy one to accomplish, but if you’re taking action by dating and looking at online sites or asking your friends to match make, then there’s always the chance you could meet the right one. Meeting the love of your life is the greatest free gift that any of us can receive, so it would make sense that if you haven’t found your other half, that you would want to add it to your bucket list.

3. Donate Blood

We all know that blood donation is important, with slogans such as ‘give blood and save lives.’ Donated blood is essential for many reasons but more specifically by women who have complications during pregnancy, children with severe anaemia, accident victims and cancer patients.

We have given blood a few times and can remember our first donation very clearly. We felt extreme anxiety, so we totally understand why people are scared to do it. The reality is it’s far easier than you will realise, and at the end you are given a drink and normally biscuits for the sugar, so it’s a win win. Make sure you drink plenty the day before your donation and on that morning, it helps with finding a vein. You will have a small finger prick test to check for iron levels and then if that’s ok, you’re ready to give blood. The needle in the arm is a small pinch and then you get to lie down and close your eyes and relax, sounds heavenly doesn’t it. You’ll leave the donation centre feeling euphoric as you know what your blood will mean to someone. Most countries have donation websites, simply Google ‘how can I donate blood’ and it should pop up.

4. Knit a Scarf

If you’re looking for a new hobby, then knitting is ideal because it is incredibly relaxing and cheap to begin. What was seen as an activity for the elderly, has now become a trendy option for the youngsters out there. Getting started is simple, you just need the wool and knitting needles, which you can purchase from a hobby shop or ask within your immediate circle if anyone has a spare set.

To actually get started you could see if any of your family and friends know how to knit, so that they can show you. But you could also look online for guidance via YouTube videos or blogs. Soon you’ll know the difference between a cable stitch, a garter stitch, and a rib stitch. We would recommend beginning with a scarf because it is the easiest, but then you can always move onto something a little harder. If you want to make it a little more social, then you can always join a local knitting group and make friends with the same interests.

For our list of hobbies, check out our hobbies bucket list which pretty much covers every type you can imagine.

5. Choose a New Habit to Adopt

Choose a New Habit to Adopt as part of a low cost bucket listThere are so many simple habits you can adopt which can improve your health and happiness. The key to a habit is repetition, so the best way to make sure you do it daily is by linking the practice to something else you do every day or setting an alarm. It doesn’t have to be huge, it could be taking a multivitamin, doing ten squats as the kettle boils for your morning brew, meditating or even having a cold shower alike Wim Hof. We have a daily list of items which we tick off once completed from our mobiles calendar. If you’re unsure of the types of habits to adopt then here are a few, but you can Google and see what else pops up.

  • Drink more water and stay hydrated,
  • Move your body and exercise for fun,
  • Start journalling,
  • Make time for hobbies,
  • Spend more time outside,
  • Eat more fresh food,
  • Have a sleep routine,
  • Choose a daily affirmation or mantra,
  • Start a gratitude journal.


6. Meditate

Meditation is the epitome of a low cost bucket list item, because it is completely free. All you need to spend is your time, as you sit, relax, and clear your mind. Meditation is said to date back as early as 5,000 BCE and is a practice which focuses on mindfulness, awareness, and attention training. It is renowned for reducing stress, anxiety, depression, pain, lower blood pressure and improve sleep. You can discover more about the practice in our guide on Meditation for Beginners which will provide you with lots of tips to get started.

We spend 10 minutes every day meditating, and have found it has significantly helped how we react to the stresses in our life. If you want to spend any money then you can go to meditation classes, but the easiest thing to do is listen to guided meditation on YouTube or services such as Spotify. Starting with guided is probably better because it helps to focus on someone’s voice. Don’t worry about perfecting the lotus position either, because meditation is all about comfort and being in a state of peace.

7. Give Yourself a Cool Nickname

If you skipped the part where your friends gave you a nick name, but you’ve always wanted one then why not create it yourself. There’s no rule to say you cannot choose what nickname you want. Most tend to be associated with your first or surname, most of us know a Jonesy or two. Of course, that doesn’t mean your friends will agree to call you it, but you can always try.

8. Watch a Sunrise and Sunset in One Day

Watch a Sunrise and Sunset in One DayThere’s something life affirming about watching a day begin and end, because you realise how short life is. For many the opportunity arises when they travel, but you can watch a sunrise and sunset at home. Find a comfortable spot in the garden or by your window and focus on that present moment and how precious everything is. The best part of this summer bucket list item is that it is completely free, but it will fill your soul and hopefully change your perspectives on life’s stresses.

9. Take a New Route to Work

If life seems a little stale, then make sure you mix it up. An easy one is finding a new route to work, which can open your eyes to the world around you. When we follow the same journey everyday it can become monotonous and we tend to drown out our surroundings, but we’re really missing out. So, shake up your routine and find a new way to walk, cycle or drive to your job, especially if it’s along a beach, river, or forest, that would really brighten our mornings.

10. Start a Blog

As you can imagine this is one, we’d definitely recommend, as it has brought so much joy to our lives. Most of us are knowledgeable or passionate about something, so why not share that with the world and start up your own blog or website. Simple tools such as WordPress.com make it easy for novices to set up a site and there are very little costs associated with it. The most important element is the domain name or site name you pick, as it should help people understand what it is you’re writing about or sharing. Popular blogs tend to be focused on travel, food, fitness, motherhood, finance, and celebrity gossip. But it’s the niche areas which tend to do better, whether it’s a love of sprouting, juggling or even ice baths, there’s someone out there who will love to read about your experiences and tips.

11. Sing Karaoke in Front of a Crowd

Sing Karaoke in Front of a CrowdThis one absolutely filled us with dread, but we have done it and, in the end, we really enjoyed it; yes, we were rubbish. Lots of pubs and clubs have karaoke nights, so just work on building up that courage, have a couple of stiff drinks to numb the nerves and give it a try. Why not practice your favourite song at home beforehand and learn the words, so when you’re up in front of everyone, it will feel more natural.

12. Go Vegetarian or Vegan

With the rising popularity of vegetarianism and veganism, this may be something you have considered. With so many new products out there such as Beyond Burgers, it’s so easy to make the transition. Our advice is to start by adapting one meal a day, so for example if you have cereal and you want to make it vegan, then buy a plant-based milk. Small changes to your habits will make it stick, and you may even find your shopping bill will go down. We saw a dramatic drop in our food costs the more we moved to a plant-based diet.

13. Write a Letter to Someone Special Who Has Positively Influenced you

Most people see the written letter as a thing of the past and yet it’s a beautiful gift to someone who you love and cherish. That person could be a family member, friend or someone who has inspired and influenced you. The most important thing is you take some quiet time and sit to write down your feelings about them. You will probably find it will be quite cathartic, as you express your gratitude to that special someone. It doesn’t have to be lengthy and what it says will completely depend on what you want to say. The real gift is the vulnerability you have shown by telling that person how important they are in your life. This is a cheap bucket list item in terms of the material and financial element, but what you will receive from it in terms of joy, can only enrich your life.

14. Start a Gratitude Journal

Another easy and low cost bucket list item which will help focus your mental health and wellbeing, is starting a gratitude journal. Scientific studies have found that people who focus on gratitude’s appear to have improved immune systems and lower blood pressure, plus it can help with your quality of sleep.

To get started you simply need a pad and pen, which most of us will have lying around the house. We bought one for a couple of pounds which we use as both a gratitude book and journal. When we began, we started with 5 gratitude’s every day, but that was a little too much, so we reduced it to 3. How many you choose is completely down to you, but the key is that you sit, relax, and really focus on what makes you smile.

Every day what you’re grateful for will be different, but you may on occasion repeat them. It’s a personal thing and will totally depend on how you feel that day and the things happening in your life. We have written down a huge variety of gratitude’s, a beautiful meal, our friends, family, a cup of coffee, watching the sunset, technology, or health. It gives you the time to focus on the now, remember how beautiful life is and that there is always something to be grateful for.

15. Complete a 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Low Cost Jigsaw PuzzleWe’ve said 1,000 piece and not one of those huge 10,000-piece puzzles, because it’s best to start with an easier one. There are 500-piece puzzles if the 1,000 seems a little bit too much. We are huge jigsaw fans and started them only recently because they were on our bucket list and as a way to reduce our screen time. We didn’t quite realise how addictive we would find them, so we prewarn you, you may fall in love with doing jigsaws.

Because this is a low-cost bucket list, you’ll want to save the pennies where you can. So, we have two recommendations. Firstly, you can ask friends and family if they have any puzzles in their cupboards. You will find that most people have one and they’ll happily let you borrow it, but fingers crossed all the pieces are in there. Secondly if you’re willing to spend a little, then what about checking out the charity shops and seeing what they have to offer. Many people will only do a jigsaw once and then they give it away, so you can get some decent puzzles at a smidge of the price.

Once you have your jigsaw then you may have no idea where to start, but don’t worry we have your back. Check out our ‘How to Do a Large Jigsaw Puzzle – Expert Tips and Tricks to Complete it Fast’. This will give you everything you need to know about each stage and the tips we have picked up along the way.

16. Read a Classic Novel

Reading is a great pleasure in life, and yet many of us don’t find enough time to pick up a book and enjoy it. So why not add it to your bucket list, and maybe make it a classic novel, because they’re called that for a reason. We adore female authors such as Jane Austen and the Brontës. But you could always look at more modern classics such as the Harry Potter series, or fantasy classics like the Lord of the Rings.

We’re fans of paper based, but you can always grab your Kindle and download from their vast list of options. Just find a comfortable spot and become absorbed in the world of the story. If you’ve seen a movie you love, then look online to see if it originated from a book and maybe give that a try. You’ll find the books add much more depth to the story and characters than a movie ever could.

If you don’t have the money to spend, then you can always head to a library and borrow your books for free. Or why not ask family and friends if they have any of the classics you can borrow. On Kindle there are many of the classic novels which are free or incredibly cheap.

17. Go for a Picnic

For most people the idea of a picnic is something they think about but never actually do. So why not make it a bucket list item, especially because you can make it low cost. In reality a picnic can be created from the food and drink items in your home. All you need to do then is grab a spare blanket to sit on and find the perfect spot to relax and smell the roses.

18. Finish a Crossword Puzzle

Although this one may not be easy when you initially try it, you’ll find your vocabulary and general knowledge will improve. The more you practice the greater the chance you’ll finish a crossword puzzle. Most newspapers have them, but you can also treat yourself and purchase a crossword puzzle book, so you have lots to try and the answers if you need them. This is a great hobby for improving mental cognition, so if brain health is important to you then why not add it to the list.

19. Reconnect with an Old Friend

Reconnect with an Old FriendSocial media makes connecting with old friends so much easier, but have you actually considered meeting up with one of them? There are so many of us who have incredibly close relationships, but sadly they have drifted apart. If you have a way of contacting them why not try and see if they want to meet up. You may reignite your friendship over a coffee and talking about the old days. The best part is that all it will cost is a cup of coffee and maybe a cake if you’re treating yourselves. But you’ll walk away with so much joy remembering the amazing friendship you have.

20. Do a Charity Walk

There are loads of charity walks available online, all for a myriad of good causes. Most of them tend to be based on completing a set number of steps per day for a period of time such as a month. You can register online and do it yourself, or create a local one and get friends and family to join in. Some do require a small administration charge, but the rest of the money will come from the donations you collect from others who want to help your charity and see you succeed. On top of it you’ll be racking up those steps and hitting some exercise goals, so it’s a win win.

21. Create a Vision Board

We love bucket list items such as this because it helps us dream big and think about our goals for the future. If you’ve never heard of a vision board, it’s basically a way for you to manifest a life you want without limitation. As you can imagine it is something we have done and we have seen it work for a friend who not only achieved everything on their board, but so much more. All you need is a cheap cork board or poster board and then pin pictures, words, or art to it which represent the goals you want in your life. Whether it’s a dream job, vacation, a new car, owning your own home, the love of your life or an incredible life experience. Place the board in a visible spot so you can look at it every day. This will help you focus your day so that you are working towards achieving those incredible dreams.

22. Learn a Musical Instrument

Now you will be thinking that a musical instrument isn’t exactly cheap and you’re right. But you may be shocked to know that many people give away old instruments or ones which have been sat there and not used. If you check online, you may find an old guitar or keyboard that people are chucking away, but they’re still perfectly good to use. We have been given a child’s guitar and violin for free to play around with, so we can determine if we like it before buying one properly.

The next step is learning how to play your chosen instrument and again there are plenty of free options out there including YouTube tutorials. You’ll also find a group on pretty much every instrument out there, where you can ask any questions you may have, including ‘where do I begin?’.

23. Build a Snowman

Build a SnowmanIf you haven’t built a snowman since you were a kid, then why not add it to your bucket list and relive those magic feelings. Wrap up warm and grab your family and friends to make it even more special. Remember something for his eyes and a carrot for his nose, then a scarf to keep him warm.

24. Be a Tourist in Your Own City, Town, or Village

Most of the time we head into our city, town, or village to do jobs such as shopping or meet up with friends. But have you ever strolled around to take in the local sites? Even if your little village doesn’t have much in the way of things to see and do, what about the city that’s nearby? We live in a small town just outside of Liverpool in the UK and we’ve never really done anything touristy there. So recently we visited the Beatles Story Museum and absolutely loved it. Do a little research, as you would if you were travelling to a new city and who knows what you will discover.

You can check out our guide on The Beatles Story Museum – An Exhibition in Liverpool and discover why it is a must for any fan of the Fab4.

25. Write a Book

Now we know this one isn’t as easy as it sounds, and it may take a while. But if you’ve had a great idea on a book you’d like to write, then why not give yourself the time to write it? The only cost you’ll have is your time, but imagine the feeling of sending out the finished version for people to read. The nerves and excitement of something you have created being enjoyed by others is a feeling like no other. If you have always wanted to write your own novel, but you have no idea where to start, our advice is look at online classes or groups. Get as many tips as you can, but the best thing to do is simply start. The best part of writing a book is that you can do it at home, whether you’re settled in bed, or curled up on your couch. Most people choose to publish themselves or upload them as an E-Reader. What matters is that you enjoy the process of writing and bringing your imagination to life in the format of words.

26. Learn a Language

You may be wondering how learning a language can be a low cost item for your bucket list, because in the past you either had to go on a course, hire a tutor or use language tapes. But what you may not know is that many of the language apps such as Duolingo are completely free. We have been learning Spanish for the last few years on Duolingo and although we pay for annual membership, some of our friends are still using it for free.

The app helps you learn a language in a game like format, so it doesn’t feel like a chore. Which language you choose will be completely personal, but it could be based on a country you regularly visit or one that you have always wanted to try. You can choose as many as you like, but we would recommend beginning with just the one for a while and then looking at the others available. Supposedly Spanish and Italian are quite similar, so we’ll probably move onto that one next.

As you use the app you can connect with friends to cheer each other on and send gifts. We’ve loved heading to a Spanish speaking country and recognising words or having a go at a few sentences and astonishing the locals. It’s a pleasurable hobby to have and it brings a new depth to your travels.

27. Take a Bubble Bath by Candlelight

Take a Bubble Bath by CandlelightNot every bucket list item has to be outlandish or long term, it can be something quite simple that you’ve never done. Taking a bubble bath is the epitome of this, but why not make it extra special with beautiful candles everywhere and maybe a bottle of fizz and a few sweet treats as you relax and listen to some serene music.

28. Create Your Own Cocktail

Most of us have a raft of alcohol bottles in our cupboards, so why not mix them up and create your very own cocktail. We had a play around and created the pink flamingo which was Grey Goose, Cranberry and lemonade, but you can get more experimental than we did. If you’re not sure where to start, then take a look at the many cocktail recipes online. Practice is the key to perfecting the flavours of a cocktail and then you have the fun of drinking the results.

29. Run a Themed Race

You may have done your charity walk and felt like you’re ready for a new challenge, so what about running a themed race. There are so many to choose from and although some require an administration fee, many don’t. Also, you can always create your own race, it doesn’t have to be one which is organised. Many local Parkruns are 5k and they are free, which is a great way to get started. Running is a perfect bucket list item to start because it’s incredibly cheap, all you need is your trainers and off you go. Not only is going for a run the ideal way to get fit, but it’s also a stress reliever and a great way to get into nature.

Of course, you’re going to have the usual beginners struggle, but over time you will find your endurance will improve and at that point you may want to join a runner’s group or sign up for a race. There are so many to choose from whether it’s something as simple as Parkrun, a 5k, 10k or color run, but if you’re ready for the challenge then why not attempt a marathon or Ironman?

30. Start a Herb Garden

Herbs are renowned for their potential health benefits, including anti inflammatory properties, cognitive boosters, lowering blood pressure and aiding in fighting cancer. But if you really want to up the health benefits then why not grow your own by starting a herb garden. If you generally don’t have a green finger then herb gardens are the perfect place to start, because they can be grown in small spaces and they are quite hardy. Some people grow them on a window box in their kitchen, or a planter outside, but you could go the whole hog and have a section of your garden solely for herbs. Then once they’ve grown you can use them to enhance the flavours in your cooking and add that nutritional boost.

This is also a great bucket list item if you have kids, because they’ll enjoy the process of planting and caring for the seeds. But they’ll be thrilled when they watch the herb plants grow. There are lots of online guides giving you tips and techniques and you can purchase seeds from most garden centres or general stores with a gardening section. Seeds are incredibly cheap, so the whole thing won’t cost you much at all, but you can buy pre-done kits where the herbs are already planted in the soil and just need placing in the sun and watering.

31. Eat a New Food

Eat a New FoodHave you ever tried kimchi, goji berries or sushi? Is there a food you’ve always wanted to try, then check out where you can purchase it from. It doesn’t have to be anything too expensive, as long as it’s something you have always wanted to try. We love trying various Indian curries from our local restaurant, because the flavours can vary so much. Its small bucket list items such as this which can create those quick tick offs, but still create lasting memories.

32. Learn to Juggle

Did you know that learning to juggle can help increase focus and concentration, but also co-ordination and it reduces stress levels. This is the perfect hobby for those of you who are looking for something cheap to do as part of your at home bucket list. You can of course buy specific juggling balls, but if you’re looking at saving money, then what about simply using some oranges or apples from the fruit bowl. The best part of juggling is that you will find yourself absorbed in it, so it’s a great way to take your mind off everything else in your life.

Now this is one bucket list item where practice makes perfect, and we cannot promise it’s going to be easy. But that’s the thrill of beginning something such as this because you start with frustration and then end with excitement once you succeed.

If you want to go all in and buy the juggling balls, then you’ll find plenty of beginners sets for really low prices. When it comes to tips then the best place to head is YouTube, because they will have experts offering guidance on how to begin and develop your practice.

33. Go 24 Hours Without Modern Technology

The thought of this might send you into a blind panic, but not having access to your TV, mobile, computer or radio, could mean that you spend more time doing other things on this low cost bucket list. Before you decide what day to choose, make sure you prepare and plan what you’re going to do and have a list of activities available. You never know, you may enjoy it so much that you want to do it more often.

34. Enjoy a Moment in the Rain

Whether you simply walk in rain, dance or kiss, there’s something magical about it. We’ve seen so many special moments in the movies, so why not recreate them yourself or make your own memories. You can venture out by yourself, with your loved one or grab the kids and splash in puddles, the key is that you enjoy it.

35. Write a Poem or Haiku

Writing a poem is a great way to express your personal experiences or feelings about the world and your life. You can follow a structure or simply free write and see where it takes you. This is one of the cheapest bucket list items because all you need is an implement to write down your words.

If you fancy something a little different, then what about a Haiku which is a form of Japanese poetry. Their structure consists of only three lines and a total of 17 syllables. The first and third line has 5 syllables and the second has seven. The lines do not need to rhyme, and they include a kireji or a cutting word.

36. Learn Sign Language

Learn Sign LanguageSign language is form of communication for the deaf and people who are hard of hearing. It’s a wonderful skill to have because you never know when it may be needed. Unlike learning a language it’s also enjoyable because it’s physical. We have been learning sign language for a few months and we’ve not paid a penny. All you have to do is choose a word and google it for example ‘say hello in sign language’. Bear in mind there are variations for example you have American sign language and British sign language.

37. Make a YouTube Video

Most of us have a skill or are knowledgeable on something that others will find interesting. So why not share your knowledge and make a YouTube video. It could be makeup or hair tutorials, dancing, or exercise videos, or you could go a little more niche for example how to sprout seeds. There are plenty of online videos giving tips on how to make a great YouTube guide, and if you enjoy the process then you can continue to post more. You never know, if you gain a following you may even make some money out of it. The best part is that the only cost is your time, because loading the video is simple and free.

38. Change Your Hair

Most of us keep the same hairstyle for most of our lives because we’re too scared to risk a change in case it goes wrong, or we don’t suit it. But you can always make smaller changes such as a temporary hair colour, or even style it differently. Just make sure you take plenty of pictures so you can remember when you dared to be different.

39. Write a Letter to Your Future Self

We’ve already mentioned writing a letter to someone special, but there’s no one more precious than you. Take some time out and write a letter to your future self, which could detail where you are presently and where you feel you want to be in the future. You could explore a myriad of different areas such as your career, finances, family, relationships, and your dreams. When you open the letter is completely up to you but give yourself the time to see how life progresses. Although you won’t enjoy an immediate impact with this one, imagine that feeling when you open it in the future and realise that everything you wanted has been achieved and more. Or if that’s not the case then maybe it will guide you to where you should be.

40. Hike Somewhere New

Hike Somewhere NewHiking is the ideal opportunity to enjoy the outdoors at very low cost, because really all you need is a pair of comfy shoes and off you go. There are lots of free apps which show you where the local walking areas are. We’re big fans of AllTrails, but there are plenty of others to choose from. You can pick easier flat routes and take it slow in the beginning, but as your stamina builds you will find plenty of difficulty levels near where you live. We began hiking in our trainers, but we would recommend buying a pair of hiking boots as they will provide more support in your foot and ankle. You can find them relatively cheap on Amazon but try a pair with ankle support and one without. We found the higher the boot on the ankle, the more uncomfortable it was as we walked.

41. Create Origami Animals

You will have seen images of origami cranes which have become popularised within Japanese culture, but you may not know why they are so symbolic. Origami is the Japanese art of folding and sculpting paper, and it is used as a symbol of peace and good luck, especially at weddings. This is a great addition to your at home bucket list because it doesn’t really cost a lot to start and it won’t take up a lot of space. You can go the whole hog and buy a book on origami and specific paper, or for a low cost option just use paper you have at home and look online for tutorials. There are lots of origami animals you can create, some being more difficult than others. This option alike some of the others is quite therapeutic once you find your flow. There are cheap origami kits online, which may be the perfect starting point if you’re looking for simplicity.

42. Learn a Magic Trick

If you’ve always wondered how magicians do their tricks, then how about learning them yourself and wowing friends and family. There are many options to choose from including card tricks, coin tricks or more traditional magic such as a flower bouquet from your sleeve. If you’re looking at keeping it cheap then head online for tips from other magicians, you’ll also find beginner’s kits aren’t that expensive and they will provide detailed ‘how to’ guides.

43. Sleep Under the Stars

The perfect way to end a day is by setting up a tent or blankets and sleeping under the stars. You don’t even have to go anywhere; you can do it in your back garden and grab friends and family to share the experience with you. Staring up at the vast number of stars really puts life into perspective and creates a magical moment.

44. Learn How to Use Chopsticks

Learn How to Use ChopsticksAlthough you may not be planning on travelling to an Asian country anytime soon, using chopsticks when you eat is still a lot of fun. It’s easy enough to master this impressive skill at home, it just takes a little practice. We used them a lot when we travelled to Japan and even got to the point where we ate everything with them, including fruit. You may already have a set of chopsticks at home, or you can buy them really cheaply online from sites such as Amazon. Once you have them then you can practice picking up small items such as peanuts or grapes. There are lots of tips online about how to hold the sticks using your fingers, but once you’ve got it you can show off to your friends when you’re out eating sushi or noodles.

45. Complete a Fitness Challenge

Have you ever wanted to get fit, improve your stamina or lose some weight, then why not add it to your bucket list. Completing a fitness challenge can be tough, but you will find that by testing yourself physically and mentally you will grow as a person. Sometimes we put barriers in our minds of what we can and cannot do, so when we break through and accomplish something, we become stronger. What the challenge will be is completely down to you and you can either set your own goals or look online for a more measurable option. It could be 5k runs every day for a month, a 50 squat challenge, or doing a daily routine from your favourite Instagram fitness instructor. The best part of this is that you don’t have to spend anything to take part, you simply have to do it. Of course, you could always take it a step further and join a boot camp, so that you’re making new friends as you work out.

46. Make a Homemade Beauty Product

Most of us spend a fortune on expensive beauty products to keep our skin looking young. But if you prefer to spend your money on other things, then why not try cheaper alternatives which can be found in your kitchen. A lot of the online brands have additional chemicals added to make them suitable for long term use, so if you prefer the more holistic approach then focus on more natural plant-based materials. We have used coconut oils on our skin, or a mixture of avocado, oats and agave which creates a kind of facemask. You will find plenty of online sites offering tips on natural beauty products for your entire body. If you perfect your recipe, then you could make some more and gift it to a loved one so they can look as radiant as you do.

47. Surprise Someone

We tend to surprise people on a special occasion such as birthdays, new jobs or moving homes. But what about if you just treated someone simply because you cared for them. The surprise could be you just showing up at their door and showing your appreciation or helping them out if they need it. But you could also make or buy them a little something to show how much they mean to you. It could be a card, a meal, a poem, or a scarf you’ve knitted. The surprise will be enough to show how strong your friendship is and as well as making them feel special, you’ll also feel good.

If you’re planning a birthday surprise for someone else or you need ideas for your own special day, then check out our Birthday Bucket List.

48. Hit a Baseball

Some of you reading this will think, huh, not very bucket list worthy, but many people have never attempted to hit a baseball. We ventured to our first batting cage in January 2022 and the reality is we were rubbish! Although after a while we did actually manage to hit the ball, just not in the direction it was meant to go. There are more and more batting cages popping up, so you can always spend a little for the experience, or you could buy a baseball and bat and try playing it at home. There is a thrill to actually hitting that first baseball, it can be hard when you start but that’s the exiting bit.

49. Hug a Tree

Hug a TreeThere’s something beautiful about connecting with nature and enjoying the peace of a forest, park, or beach. The prefect way to connect is by hugging a tree, because they’re really grounding and scientifically proven to calm you down. Find somewhere quiet and peaceful, enjoy the moment, and take in the silence around you.

50. Climb a Tree

After you’ve connected with nature then why not climb the tree to feel that endorphin rush. Probably the last time you did this was when you were a child, and everything felt exciting. Although it may feel a little scarier now you’re older, it’s still lots of fun. It’s also a great form of exercise because you’re using all of your muscles and core. The best part of this is it’s free, all you need to do is find a great tree with low level branches.

51. Be an Organ Donor

The reality is that being an organ donor costs you nothing but gives another person everything. It’s not an easy decision to make, so take your time and think about what it will mean for you and your loved ones. Sometimes organ donation happens when the donor is still alive, but most of the time it happens if the donor dies. Most countries have their own organ donor organisations, simply Google and you’ll find all of the information you need before making your decision.

52. Drink Only Water for a Week

We know water is good for us and yet most of us aren’t drinking enough of it and instead opting for alternatives such as soft drinks or alcohol. Did you know that increasing your water intake can improve brain performance, give you more energy, decrease joint pain, improve temperature regulation, harmonise your digestive system and give you a healthier heart. This is probably the easiest of all the low cost bucket list ideas because you simply have to grab a glass and pour water from the tap. But the reality is you’ll be impacting your body in really positive ways. You may struggle at first with craving your usual drinks, but after a couple of days it will get easier.

53. Learn How to Play Chess

Learn How to Play Chess - low cost bucket listMost people want to learn how to play chess but have no idea where to begin. This game of skill only requires two players and is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. You’ll probably be surprised to know that the origins of chess can be dated back to the 15th century, so there is a lot of history to the game. You can either just play and enjoy it, or you can enhance your skills and research chess strategies. Starting your chess hobby is easy, all you need is a board and a friend. Most sets aren’t massively expensive, but you can spend a little more and treat yourself to a quality board, or one which is themed such as Lord of the Rings pieces. You may find second hand boards online for a cheaper price, or friends may be throwing theirs away.

The length of time it takes to play a game of chess can vary depending on your skill set and that of your opponents, so it can be over pretty quickly or take hours. What we love about hobbies such as these is that you have the opportunity to chat as you play and enjoy quality time with your friend or family member.

54. Bake a Loaf of Bread

The thought of baking bread can be quite intimidating, but it actually isn’t that hard. Once you’ve picked up your ingredients and worked out what to do then you’ll find it simple enough. Home baked bread is actually cheaper than if you bought it from the supermarket, so over time you’ll save money and have a great new hobby. That fresh taste of the warm bread will beat store bought every time. If you’re unsure where to start, then you will find plenty of videos online which should help.

55. Be an Extra in a TV Show or Movie

Have you ever dreamed about starring in a movie or TV show, then why not add it to your bucket list. The best place to start is looking at being an extra, which you can do by signing up with a casting or talent agency. It will be an incredible experience and who knows what incredible people you could meet. Obviously, there will be no cost to this, in fact you may actually get paid for it.

56. Ride a Skateboard

This is probably another thing which you haven’t done since you were a kid, but you will remember the fun you had learning to ride your skateboard. The only cost will be buying the board and any protective gear, but after that you can head outside and attempt to do some flips and tricks. These kind of throwback hobbies are becoming really popular, so why not join in and find out why.

57. Start a Fire Without Matches

start a fire without matchesIf you’re looking at finding new skills, then what about learning to start a fire without matches. One of the easiest ways without a match is by using flint and steel. You can buy an inexpensive kit online, create a firepit in your garden and show off your talents to friends and family as you stay warm by the flames.

58. Learn a New Skill by Watching a YouTube Video

We’ve mentioned previously about making a YouTube video of a skill you’re passionate about, but what about learning a new skill from someone else. There’s pretty much a video for everything, it could even be one of the other items on this bucket list you fancy trying such as juggling.

59. Write a Travel Bucket List

If part of your bucket list goals involve travel, then why not spend the day planning where you’d like to go and the things you’d like to see. Part of the joy of bucket lists is the daydreams about achieving that goal, so grab a pen and paper, put your mobile on silent, grab some snacks and get comfy on the couch. We have quite an extensive list of places we dream of visiting one day and it makes it much easier when we’re thinking about what trip to book next, we simply take a look at our list and choose one.

60. See a Foreign Film

Many people would never consider a foreign film because of the subtitles, but there are some incredible movies out there. Many of the top American films are remakes of foreign originals, so they must be good. We love Japanese horror such as Ring and The Grudge, but there are incredible options all over the world and they’re generally easy to follow as long as you’re reading the subtitles. Most streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will have a few movies to watch, so take a look, grab some snacks and enjoy.

61. Do Something You’re Afraid of

There’s a certain thrill that you feel when you’re really scared, so why not push your boundaries and who knows, you may even conquer your fear. Many people attempt big things such as bungee jumping, paragliding, or jumping out of a plane. But they can be expensive options and we’re looking at keeping it low cost. It could be something as simple as picking up a spider, climbing something really high, or an enclosed space. Once you’ve done it you will be so proud of yourself!

62. Volunteer

This bucket list idea may only cost you one thing and that is time, but it will give you a huge feeling of pride and self-worth. There is no greater feeling than improving someone’s life and making a difference. You could help a neighbour, work at a local animal shelter or support a local food bank. There are plenty of charities around who are desperate for volunteers. Think about what you’re passionate about, then Google volunteering and see what pops up.

63. Recreate an Old Photograph

Recreate an Old PhotographSome pictures have a special meaning whether it is childhood memories, teenage fun, or family gatherings. If you have a picture like this, then why not grab anyone who was in the original and recreate it. You can find similar clothes and make it quirky and funny. We love seeing recreations of pictures that parents have taken of their children over the years. It’s a really simple and low cost idea but you’ll generate new memories recreating the picture and then you have the hilarious photo in the end.

64. Start a New Family Tradition

Getting the family together to create lasting memories can be difficult, but having family traditions is one easy way to begin. It doesn’t have to be anything too costly either, the simplest ideas tend to be the best. It could be a favourite family meal or takeaway, cooking together, a family game night, movie nights and a bowl of questions which can help start conversations at the dinner table. Just make sure that everyone in the family is in and that you make it a regular event.

65. Visit Five Different Free Museums

You might be surprised to know that there are lots of free museums all over the world. So why not learn a little history or increase your knowledge by visiting a few of them? We provided a list of some of the incredible museums in London, within our ‘Best Free Attractions in London’ guide. But if you look online, you’ll probably find some great options not far from where you live.

66. Sew Something You Can Wear

This is a bit of a double whammy because you can learn a new skill and create something to be proud of, but also enjoy a new item of clothing you can wear. Learning to sew is a hobby which is growing in popularity, but this one is particularly useful if you need to mend holes in clothes, reattach buttons or alter clothes to fit. There is a skill to it, and you will have to practice a little, but once you work it out you’ll love the things you can create. If you want to go all in then you can look at purchasing a sewing machine, there are lots of used options online if funds are a little short. For those who have no idea where to start than looking online for inspiration and tips is the best way, and even connecting with other sewing fans on social media groups such as Facebook and Instagram.

67. Bake Cookies and Give Them to Someone

Bake Cookies and Give Them to SomeoneThis is quite a simple bucket list item and only needs a few ingredients, but in the end, you’ll have delicious cookies to share with the family or someone you care about. Basic cookie recipes include butter, sugar, flour, and chocolate chips, so it’s not very costly. Most people find baking quite cathartic, but it’s the joy you’ll feel when you give them to someone and brighten up their day, because who doesn’t love a freshly made cookie.

68. Learn to Make a Really Nice Meal from Scratch

You may not be a great cook, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to be. There are plenty of ‘how to’ guides and recipes online, especially on YouTube, all you have to do is think about what you want to make and get the ingredients. The best part is that once you’ve made your chosen meal and it tastes great, then you can remake it over and over again. Hopefully if one meal goes well then you will want to expand your repertoire and add a few more options.

69. Paint a Picture

Painting is a wonderful form of self-expression and can create a feeling of meditative relaxation. Whether you simply want to dabble a bit or learn some techniques, you can enjoy painting at relatively little cost. There are beginners’ kits online which provide everything you need to get started, then simply look for some inspiration and get painting. You will find there are probably art classes in your local area, but again you don’t have to if you don’t want to. It can be a personal venture which you keep to yourself and simply enjoy the practice of painting.

70. Quit a Bad Habit

This is the perfect bucket list item for those of you looking to improve your overall wellness. It could be quitting smoking, alcohol, processed foods, or something less tangible which will focus on how happy you are, such as spending time with the wrong people, always being late and overthinking. The best part is you will probably save money by quitting some of these habits, especially smoking and will see an improvement in physical and mental health.

Whatever you choose the best way to begin is by seeking help and you’ll find lots of people who can support you online. There will be lots of information available if you Google the habit you want to break and books offering the techniques you need. Finally, we’re a big fan of podcasts and have used them to support us when we’ve focused on our wellness journey.

We love adding wellness items to our bucket list because it encourages the most important things to keep you in optimal condition, including exercise, nutrition, and mental health. The healthier we feel, the more time we have to focus on achieving our bucket list goals.

If you’re thinking of quitting alcohol, then you may want to check out our Sober Bucket List – Events and Things to Try Sober.

71. Carve a Pumpkin

Carve a PumpkinIf you’ve yet to attempt this Halloween tradition, then why not add it to your bucket list. Carving a pumpkin is a really cheap fun activity, you simply grab one from the supermarket, mark the front out and then carve it with a knife. Carved pumpkins are the ideal autumn bucket list item decoration to give your home a spooky feel. If you’re unsure how to select a good pumpkin, all you have to do is tap it and listen for a hollow sound. You could always make the carving process easier by purchasing a decent carving kit.

We have written a full guide on How to Carve a Pumpkin, which includes tips and tricks.

72. Decorate Your Home for the Season

Connecting to the section above, after you’ve carved your pumpkin, you may as well display it in your home to provide a seasonal feel. If you enjoy doing that then why not attempt another season whether it is Christmas, Easter, Halloween, or Valentines, you can buy or make your own decorations and really get into the spirit of it all.

73. Make a Playlist of Your Favourite Songs

In the old days if you wanted to make a playlist you would have to burn them on a CD or record to a cassette tape. Life is so much easier now we have streaming services such as Spotify or Apple Music. Why not spend some time compiling a playlist of your favourite songs throughout your life, so that you can listen to them over and over. It will be the perfect way to reminisce about important moments and people who you have shared your journey with.

74. Go On a Family Bike Ride

This one will only be a low-cost item if you and the family already have bicycles, if not then it may be something you will have to save for. Cycling with the family will bring you a multitude of benefits including exercise, getting out in the fresh air, and creating memories with your loved ones. There are lots of free bike trail apps available to download which will show you the bike routes in your local area. You could even pack up a small picnic and stop along the way to refuel.

75. Make a 5 Year Plan

We’ve explored vision boards above, but the way to get to your ultimate goals is to prep a 5-year plan which will give you some form of direction. Five-year plans normally include an outline of professional and personal goals that you want to reach. It may be going back to college, starting a business, working a side job, improving your health, working on your relationships, sorting your finances, or striving for a promotion. The plan should have action items and milestones of what steps you will take over the next 5 years, which will hopefully lead to the different items you have noted on your vision board.

76. Create Handprint Art

This one is a throwback to your childhood, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t do it as adults. If you ever made handprint art as a kid, then you’ll remember how much fun it was. So why not try it with your family and get creative, you will find loads of ideas online from flamingos and ladybirds to fish and polar bears. All you need is some paint, brushes, and paper so it shouldn’t cost you much at all and you can hang up your artwork with pride.

77. Get a Book Signed by The Author

For the literary fans, this is the ideal bucket list item because not only will you have a book that you treasure, but you’ll also have the opportunity to meet the writer of the book. Many bookstores hold signings and author talks, all you have to do is Google and see what is available. why not keep an open mind and meet someone new to the literary world, you never know they may be your new favourite author.

78. Fly a Kite

Fly a KiteMost people haven’t picked up a kite since they were a child, but they’re actually a huge amount of fun. You can find kites for sale online and in toy shops and they’re relatively inexpensive. Once you have your kite, you’ll need to find an open space where you can move around without it getting tangled on trees or buildings. Open fields tend to be ideal or beaches where you will find more wind. You’re looking for a light breeze which you can feel on your face but not strong enough that it’s blustery. A good rule of thumb is to start your flight with the wind at your back. That way, when you let go of your kite, you can keep an eye on it as it rises in front of you.

79. Memorize a Great Joke

If you’re looking at upping your social skills, but a Tony Robbins seminar is a little too pricey for you, then what about starting off small and memorising a joke. Firstly, you have to find one, but there are plenty online to pick from. Then it’s about spending the time practicing, because good jokes are all about the delivery. The best part is that this is completely free, and you can try to learn more than one to really impress your friends.

80. Have an At-Home Spa Day

The ultimate at home bucket list item has to be an at home spa day, whether you’re by yourself, with a BFF or loved one. You can set the atmosphere with serene music, incense and top it off with some bubbles or flavoured water. The home spa day experience could be anything you want, such as a face mask, hair mask and manicure. You could even enjoy a long soothing bubble bath so that you finish your spa day smelling like heaven and feeling relaxed. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be expensive, you can use products you already have at home.

81. Grow Your Own Food

Having a connection with nature is truly cathartic and the ideal way to decompress from the stresses in life. Is there any better way than creating a garden space within your home, especially if what you grow can be eaten. This could be anything from a small container, to a herb garden or a full on vegetable patch. What we love about this is that although it can be physically taxing, you can enjoy watching the fruits and vegetables grow. So, you’re getting healthy and creating something beautiful at the same time. If you grow from seed, this is quite a cheap hobby to have and of course you’ll reduce your shopping costs because you will have grown your own food. Our advice if you’re a complete beginner is to start off small with a few pots and then build it from there. You’ll soon discover if you’re green fingered and enjoy the whole gardening experience. Some of the joy of making your own bucket list is that it can bring something special into your home life and this is a good example of that.

82. Learn Some Basic DIY

If you’ve been looking around your home lately thinking it needs freshening up, then this bucket list item is ideal. You may have no idea where to start but there are plenty of experts on YouTube who will provide tips and ideas on what you can do in your home. It doesn’t have to be expensive either, sometimes just a new coat of paint can make a huge difference to a room. But if you’re thinking of taking it a step further and maybe trying wall papering or putting up shelves, then these are great skills to learn.

83. Camp In the Living Room

Camp In the Living RoomYou don’t have to travel far away to enjoy the camping experience, instead just set up a tent in your home. This is a much cheaper and easier option than heading to a camp site because you can always pop in to use your toilet and the kitchen. For a simple option grab some blankets and pillows, and build a fort inside your living room, which is ideal for young kids. The excitement of sleeping all together on the floor with snacks and drinks, is something they will remember forever.

84. Go To the Movies or a Restaurant Alone

The idea of this may be your worst nightmare, but sometimes you can find a lot of personal growth in stepping into the uncomfortable. If you do attempt the movies or a restaurant alone, you’ll find that there are lots of other people already visiting solo, you probably just hadn’t noticed. Going alone means you can focus on either the movie or the meal and enjoy it uninterrupted, or have someone else’s opinions ruin the experience for you. The restaurant doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, and you can maybe take a book or simply people watch as you eat.

85. Tell a Joke on An Open Mic Night

Do you have the courage to stand up in front of a crowd and tell jokes? If yes, then surely that should be on your low-cost bucket list. Most of the time there is no cost to enter open mic nights, you just sign up, wait your turn and off you go.

86. Play a Prank on Someone

We will admit that over the years we’ve played a few pranks on friends, including cling filming someone’s car. If you’re considering pranking someone then the reality is it doesn’t have to be that expensive. Lots of pranks tend to be spur of the moment, such as writing on someone’s face when they’re drunk. But we love the slow burners, for example changing family pictures to celebrity faces or signing someone up to a mailing list for a random hobby. It’s wise to pick a friend or family member who you know will take the joke well and find it funny. The best part is you’ll generate incredible memories with them and can laugh about it in the future.

87. Enter a Writing Contest

If you’re a lover of creative writing and you dabble in your spare time, then why not consider entering a writing contest. It may surprise you that there are still plenty around, and they offer decent prizes to the winner. The only thing that this will cost you is your time, but when you’re doing something you love that isn’t a hardship.

88. Host a Dinner Party

Host a Dinner PartyThe introduction of ‘Come Dine with me’ brought about a whole new type of hobby between friends. Many found they enjoyed entertaining others, by making it into a grand experience. Hosting a dinner party doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive, you could create your own table decorations and make it themed. There’s so much you can do and play around with; the list is truly endless.

89. Wish Upon a Star

Do you have something you really dream about, then what about wishing for it on a star. It’s quite a grounding experience and you can make it memorable by doing it with someone you love. Just grab a comfy chair and sit outside, or a blanket and lie on the grass. Then a few snacks and drinks and take in the incredible views of the night sky before you make your wish.

90. Vote For the First Time

It may surprise you that not everyone has voted, in fact some people really struggle knowing who to choose. If you’re one of those people then why not add this to your bucket list, especially because voting costs you nothing and you’re contributing your voice on how you want your country to be ran. Especially if you want better healthcare, education, fairer taxation, and local amenities.

91. Make and Bury a Time Capsule

We love this as a bucket list idea because it’s a long-term item and is something you can enjoy as you’re putting it together and years later when you re-open it. You could buy a time capsule or make your own and hide it away. It doesn’t have to be buried in the back garden, you can simply hide it in the back of a cupboard or in the attic, as long as you cannot access it easily to look through. What you add to your time capsule is completely individual, but why not get the family involved and each put in something you love. It could even be a little note to yourself in the future about where you imagine your life will have gone, or even photos, concert tickets, and documents from a first job.

92. Take a Jumping Picture

jumping picture - low cost bucket list ideaThis is a quick and quirky one for the list, and you can do it by yourself or with friends and family. But we think the more the merrier because you’ll have a great memory to share in the future. All you have to do is find a great backdrop and someone to take the picture.

93. Host a Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a game you can play alone or in a group, where the organiser gives the participants a list of items to find, with the first to get them being the winner. This is ideal to do at home because you can place the hidden items around your house or garden. Of course, the closer to the prize they are, the harder it can be, and you could even make the list consist of clues or riddles, to add another layer of difficulty.

94. Play a New Card Game

There are plenty of amazing card games out there such as gin rummy, poker, and solitaire, each with different rules to add to the fun. Playing cards is a great way to spend time with your family, but we will acknowledge that it can lead to arguments on occasion. The best part is you’re away from the TV and chatting together as you play, making those precious memories along the way. If you pick a new game then make sure you do a bit of research on the rules before you begin, so there are no disagreements. The best part of this item is that it’s incredibly inexpensive to start, because all you need is a pack of cards, which most people have in their homes already. Make sure you get those fun snacks and drinks in to make it a super special night.

95. Change a Flat Tyre

Being able to change a flat tyre can save you a lot of money, because you don’t need to take it to a garage to be repaired. But also, you’ll be able to get it sorted immediately and get your car back on the road. It is important though to make sure that you have fitted the tyre properly for safety reasons. There are lots of tips online, but you could also ask a friend or family member for their advice.

96. Learn a Dance

join a low cost dance classThis could be something you do alone, with a partner or even your friends. Then you have to decide the type of dance you want to do, which could be ballroom such as the fox trot or waltz, or even salsa. If that seems a little too much, then what about line dancing or even a Tik Tok dance. Alike many of the other items you can find plenty of advice online, especially some of the simpler dances, or ask your friends who may have hidden talents.

97. Try To Break a World Record

We cannot promise you this is going to be an easy one to do, but if you are determined and can commit the time, then breaking a world record would be an incredible bucket list achievement. The first step is to explore the Guinness World Records database and read through the criteria and policies. You will find records of all of the world records, so simply choose one you wish to attempt, or you could even suggest a new one. Once you have applied then you will need to await a response as to whether you can go ahead. If you’re given the all clear then it’s time to practice, practice, practice, because you want to make sure you’re ready for the big day. You will be required to submit evidence such as photographs and video, so be prepared.

98. Busk

Do you have a hidden talent you’re willing to share with the world, then why not make yourself a little extra money and spend the day busking in your town or city. You can see if others appreciate your talents, whether it’s singing, playing an instrument, magic, or some form of performance art. The best part is that the only cost to you is your time, but you never know where it could take you.

99. Try 10 New Fruits and Vegetables

We all know that it’s important to eat our five fruits and veggies a day, so why not make it a bucket list item and try some new options. Take a look around your supermarket or try Chinese and Indian supermarkets for something a little different. We love trying new foods when we travel, especially fruit and vegetables. How you eat them is totally up to you, but hopefully you’ll love your new options enough to add them to your regular diet.

100. Family Board Game Night

Family Board Game NightBoard games are the perfect form of entertainment for the whole family, especially if you’re planning a night in. Now if you’re adding it to your bucket list then you might want it to be a specific game or with special people. Then you can always make sure there’s lot of wonderful snacks and drinks at hand or buy prizes for the winners. Most people view board games as being for kids, but in reality, they’re fun for all ages. Our top choices are Cluedo, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Game of Life, but you can always try more adult ones such as Cards Against Humanity. The best part of adding this to your list is you will be spending time with your loved ones and making memories together; that’s if you don’t argue over who wins.

101. Play Truth or Dare

Truth or dare is a game with two or more players where someone is asked to choose between giving an honest answer or performing something that another person dares them to do. You have no idea which option is going to be worse, so you simply have to pick the one you feel more comfortable with. This is a fun activity to play with friends and as you can imagine there is no cost. If you’ve never played truth or dare then it’s a great item to add to your list, especially if you’re playing with the family.

102. Eat Food from a Street Vendor

The number of street carts or vans has increased exponentially, offering an array of foods and dishes from all over the world. If you’ve never eaten from a street vendor then why not give it a try, and to make it a little special try something completely new. You may not like it, but at least you gave it a go, or you’ll absolutely love it and soon become a regular.

103. Order Something Different off the Menu

The items you add to your bucket list don’t have to be extreme, they’re there to help us experience new things in our lives. From our experience most people when they go to a restaurant, will order the same food over and over again. If that sounds like you then why not try something new? Yes, you may end up not liking it, but it’s only one meal and just consider if you did find a new dish that you loved. You could go completely different and try the vegetarian or vegan options to see what they’re like.

104. Scrapbooking With Mementos, Souvenirs, and Old Family Recipes

This isn’t something we’ve done personally, but it’s a great option for us bucket listers out there. Scrapbooking is a method of preserving, presenting, and displaying memories and souvenirs in a format of choice, whether it’s in a book, box, or card. Items within the book could be anything from photographs, tickets, artwork, printed media, or personal notes. What makes this a creative activity is due to the fact that the books are normally elaborately decorated in an artful way. You can then store them safely and look through them to remind yourself of the amazing things you’ve done or show them to others. This is also a great idea to collate any old family recipes you may have, so that they can be passed onto future generations.

105. Make Friendship Bracelets

This will give you 90’s vibes, but it’s a lot of fun and you can give your beautiful creation to one of your most cherished friends. Even better than that, you and your friend can make them together and create memories over a class of wine or two. You can find kits in most hobby stores and online at Amazon, or you can simply buy the beads and make something truly personalised. Doing something like this offers two wonderful benefits, because you have the relaxation as you’re making the bracelet and then the joy of giving it to someone you love.

106. Finish a Video Game

Finish a Video GameNow we know this isn’t going to be an easy one or a quick item to tick off. Finishing a video game takes a lot of man hours and determination, but the accomplishment you’ll feel once it’s done will be incredible. The hardest part is picking which game you want to work through, so maybe do some research first as to how other players found it.

107. Pick Your Own Fruit

We’re so used to grabbing our fruit from a grocery store or supermarket, but sometimes that’s not the freshest option. Picking ripe fresh fruit adds a whole new flavour which tastes richer than the supermarket. It’s also fun and relaxing spending the day picking your own fruit, and there are plenty of farms around which offer the opportunity.

108. Try a New Recipe

Most of us have a rotation of the same evening meals, week in and week out. Why not mix it up and add a new recipe to your routine, there are plenty of websites online offering free recipes and how to guides.


So, there you have it, our low cost bucket list ideas which are either cheap or completely free. We’ve mentioned through the guide, but it’s worth saying it again, that bucket lists don’t have to be expensive or impressive. The ultimate key to your bucket list is that it should bring you joy when you’re completing it and when you tick it off. Some of these great options can be completed in a day and sometimes in less than an hour, so they are definitely achievable.

Hopefully this list will help as an inspiration, and you will try some yourself. So next time life feels a little mundane then pick one and give it a go.

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