Live It List – Inexpensive Ideas

August 29, 2017

According to a Harris Poll, only 1 in 3 Americans consider themselves truly happy. That is horrible! So many people relate their happiness to money and that is not always the case. Many feel that the more money they have, the more “things” they have which in turn makes them “happier.” However, I believe that it isn’t about the “things” we have but instead the “experiences” we have that truly makes us happy.

The idea of a Bucket List is growing more popular everyday – however the thought of completing things you have always wanted to do before you die really isn’t a positive outlook. That is why we re-branded the traditional Bucket List into a “Live It List” – which is a list of things you want to do while you are enjoying and living life to the fullest.

Now with this list, there is often the stigma surrounding it that all of these experiences have to cost a lot money (think Bora Bora, Helicopter Rides, etc) and not everyone can afford it. However, I recently took it one step further and came up with a list of 25 things you can add to your list that are FREE and another 25 that cost under $100! It is possible to live a happy life without spending a lot of money.

Live It List Items – FREE


  1. Visit the Sculpture Gardens

  2. Learn a magic trick

  3. Fly a kite

  4. Go Christmas Caroling

  5. See a shooting star

  6. Sing Karaoke

  7. Chase a storm

  8. Dance in the rain

  9. Volunteer

  10. Live in the moment

  11. Pillow fight with kids or friends

  12. Be a tourist in your own city

  13. Do 50 random acts of kindness

  14. Wish upon a star

  15. Climb a tree

  16. Meditate

  17. Take the scenic route

  18. Donate blood

  19. Complete a crossword puzzle without cheating

  20. Try to break a world record

  21. Nap in a hammock

  22. Put together a 1000 piece puzzle

  23. Spend the day in bed watching movies

  24. Visit Minnehaha Falls

  25. Bike around Lake Calhoun


Live It List Items – Under $100

  1. Kayaking

  2. Cave Tour

  3. Horseback riding

  4. Paddleboarding

  5. Run a 5k

  6. Go snowboarding

  7. Play Paintball

  8. Play lasertag

  9. Do a Segway tour

  10. Take a self defense class

  11. Lawn bowling at Brits

  12. Get a massage

  13. Order room service

  14. Throw someone a surprise party

  15. Go to a comedy club

  16. Bake cookies for someone

  17. Buy someone coffee in the car behind you

  18. Pay for a strangers tank of gas

  19. Send a care package

  20. Go ice skating

  21. Dine at a small, locally owned restaurant in a small town

  22. Go on Craigslist and purchase cheap tickets to a last minute concert or sporting event

  23. Explore the bike trails at local parks

  24. Spend the day on a friends boat on one of Minnesota’s many lakes

  25. Go to a movie at a Drive In Theater



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