I like to find ways to take my kids to FREE stuff. I check community websites and local newspapers for athletic events and community activities. I usually bring my own snack because at many free events the food gets ya.
If I am on my own, I like to read, write and go to the beach for FREE!
Go to the library and try to find books that will be hard to put down. If you haven't had any recommendations from friends, ask the librarians what books are popular that have to do with your interests.
Your local library may also have lists of free events in your area, so it's a great place to start!
Find something else to do to occupy your time. Such as taking walks enjoying nature, reading, play some cards with your friends, listen to some of your favorite oldies but goodies, find an arts and crafts to learn, keep a diary of the good times and the not so pleasant times and grow from the experiences. I'm experiencing the same thing right now living on a shoe string budget, I feel your pain.
A day at the beach, a picnic, fishing, community events, library, going skating or bike riding. Work at home such as gardening or painting, making or building something or cooking. Visiting friends and family.