Cheap Ways to Cure Cabin Fever

For many of us, it’s that time of year again – the time when winter is starting to really lose its appeal. The snow is dirty, everyone is sick of shoveling, and we are getting bored staying inside all the time. Cabin fever is in the air!

While there are plenty of outdoor winter activities we can do, they can really get expensive by the end of the winter. I love to get out and ice skate, ski, or go snow tubing, but these fun outdoor escapes almost always cost money. Personally, I don’t like to spend that kind of money every time I’m “bored”.

I know that I’m not the only one who might be trying to come up with fun, cheap ideas to cure cabin fever, so I made a list of ideas for all of our lovely readers!


  • Take out your old board games. With all of the devices we rely on to have fun, it’s easy to forget how entertaining a board game can be! When everyone puts their cell phones and tablets aside, these games can get competitive and really help pass the time. Puzzles are fun, too! I started a puzzle with my nieces and nephews on a snowy day earlier this winter and time really flew. More than likely, you have a couple of classic games or puzzles stacked up somewhere in your house, so this is a great activity that won’t cost you a penny.
  • Build a living room fort. Another free, fun thing to do when you are sick of being stuck indoors. Grab the pillows and couch cushions, and set up your blankets and sheets to make a cozy hideaway for the afternoon. You could even have a movie night or an indoor “campout” while your fort is set up. Check out some fort inspiration here.
  • Have a baking or cooking contest. This activity can cure boredom for both kids and adults. Try seeing who can make the best appetizer, the best dessert, or even a full dinner. (The loser does dishes!)
  • Try out some science projects. My niece gave me this idea when I was at her house last week. She was making what I would call “flubber”. She used glue and some other household items to make this gooey, colorful project. It didn’t stick to anything except itself, which I was thankful for! I also searched Pinterest for some other science project ideas, and there are so many fun options. I think adults would have just as much fun doing some of these as kids would. I think Shaving Cream Rain Clouds will be our next experiment when I babysit.
  • Make a time capsule. I have always loved the idea of making a time capsule. But it’s always been one of those things I never got around to doing, because I was busy doing something else. This would be perfect for a snowy day indoors. You can include pictures of your family and friends, a list of funny memories, and letters to your future selves. I also have heard of people leaving a list of facts from that day, such as how much gas was, the most popular song, or the top movie of that day. Hide the box away until it is ready to be opened, or even bury it in your yard (if the ground isn’t frozen!)
  • Go outside! It doesn’t get much more “free” than the great outdoors. Everyone loves to build a snowman or have a snowball fight. You can also take a walk to check out how pretty it can be outside even with a little snow on the ground. It’s great to get some fresh air and exercise to cure winter blues.

These are pretty much free ideas, but the best part of these activities is that you will be spending quality time with the people you enjoy being around. And in my opinion, it’s the best way to forget that you are bored being stuck inside!




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