100 Fun Things to Do Instead of Shopping

“Happiness” is a powerful word in the marketing industry because it can be one’s motivation to spending money.

However, buying new things is not really bring you “happiness,” psychologist Daniel Kahneman said. (1)

Researchers at two U.S. universities conducted studies about the happiness associated with consumer products. This study proved that happiness does not come specifically from the objects we buy. It is an emotion associated with our motivations for making those purchases. (2)

For example: If you want to buy a new car, here are few steps you’ll need to take:

  • Visit a car dealer
  • Talk about a new design and features with others
  • Test drive multiple cars

These processes are “source of happiness,” the new car itself is not the “source of happiness.” This research really makes sense to me.

I often browse online shops even though I don’t need anything. It’s because I enjoy searching for new items, not spending money or getting new things.

Don’t get me wrong. Buying new things feels good! I also enjoy shopping. I’m just saying that there are many ways to satisfy our desire besides shopping (:

Here are 100 fun things to do instead of shopping.

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  • Take a hike
  • Bike ride
  • Go for a walk
  • Watch (and do) free yoga class on YouTube
  • Watch (and do) free workout class on YouTube
  • Attend a local festival
  • Run 5k
  • Run 10k
  • Hit the gym
  • Visit your local library
  • Visit your local bookstore
  • Go to local museums
  • Go to local art galleries
  • Volunteer for a local cause
  • Spend a few minutes leaving comments on social media posts
  • Take a nap (my favorite activity for life)
  • People watch
  • Try a new recipe
  • Make money with side gigs
  • Paid surveys
  • Donate stuff
  • Leave comments on blogs you love
  • Go golf driving ranges
  • Go bird watching


Spend Time with Someone



  1. Learn a new skill
  2. Learn a new language
  3. Improve skills you already have
  4. Learn Python
  5. Learn HTML
  6. Learn WordPress site
  7. Start blogging
  8. Look for a new job
  9. Start lettering
  10. Learn acrylic painting




Wrapping Up

Hopefully, this list will provide some ideas to enjoy your day off besides shopping. If you have something different idea, please comment below! I would like to try it (:

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  1. Murray Ph.D., Peter Noel. “Why We Really Shop.” Psychology Today, Psychology Today, 6 Nov. 2015, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/inside-the-consumer-mind/201406/why-we-really-shop.
  2. Happiness Having What You Want, Wanting What You Have, or Both?, Jeff T. Larsen and Amie R. McKibben, Psychological Science, Volume 19, Number 4, 2008

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