Know what you want to do. Going to the movies, shopping, or out to dinner is what happens when conversation slides to Jungle Book:
"What do you want to do?"
"I dun know. What do you want to do?"
"'What do you want to do', 'I dun know, what do you want to do.' Well let's do something!"
When I actually know what I want to to do, costs go way down. I'm too busy doing it to notice the advertisements or all that is for sale in the world around me.
- Write a book or an article.
- Paddle wetlands or whitewater.
- Climb ice or rock. Travel can make this expensive, but local is free.
- Read a good book. I love libraries.
- Sail somewhere.
- Fix something. Though the part may cost something, more often it is still cheaper than entertainment, and something is accomplished, which will allow for guilt-free reading of that good book a little later.
- Research something. This probably circles back to one of the above. Very engrossing.
- Learn a new skill.
- Get a group together and do the thing that one of those people is interested... but not the movies.