When you are unemployed, it can be difficult to maintain your social life without having the funds to invest in social activities. However, this list will offer some interesting and affordable activities that will be worth considering if you feel as though your social life has suffered due to unemployment. Even if you do not participate in any of these following activities on a regular basis, taking part from time to time can make a big difference in regard to how you feel about your social life and the potential for making new friends.
Depending on the season, you may be able to take advantage of a local wine-tasting festival in your city or region. In some cases, these wine-tasting events will either be free for the public or cost a very minimal amount of the entry fee. In any case, you can spend the day taking part in an affordable activity that will cater to the wine connoisseur in you.
Weekend Flea Markets
One of the easiest ways to socialize is to visit the flea markets on the weekends with your friends or loved ones. Even if you are going out alone, you will likely bump into other deal seekers just like you. Flea markets are free, which means you can spend the day looking at antiques without having to purchase one thing. If you do like something, however, you will likely pay very little to bring it home.
Cafes for Playing Board Games
One of the new trends for cafes is to include the option of playing old-school and new-school board games. With enough pocket change, you can spend an enjoyable afternoon with your closest friends playing board games that will make you feel like children all over again. The best part is that you will likely need to buy a simple coffee or baked treat in order to hold your spot in the cafe.
Weekly or Monthly Book Clubs
Although some people think that book clubs are very old-fashioned and traditional, there are some that still take place on a weekly or monthly basis. If you enjoy reading and wish to share your views with others who share the same interest in books, then you will want to consider participating in a book club. In some cases, all you need to do is buy the book in order to participate in the book club.
Acting and Improv Classes
Some community and recreational centers will offer improv and acting classes for individuals who are interested in learning more about the theatre. Similarly, some theatre companies will have "open mic" nights where individuals can come in alone or with friends and participate in fun group activities involving acting and/or improv. If you have an evening to get a bit silly, you will want to consider looking into some acting and/or improv classes in your local area.