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10 Productive Things To Do INSTEAD Of Watching The Super Bowl

Football StadiumSuper Bowl Sunday is this weekend, and many of us will be eating crappy delicious food, watching commercials that cost millions of dollars to air, and cheering for the team of lesser evil in our books. I sometimes wonder if all the Super Bowl hype is a waste. If we could take all the money generated from watching a group of adult men in tights play a game for a few hours and put it into something like scholarships or feeding the hungry, wouldn’t that be more worthwhile? I guess we’re all entitled to a little fun, and we will likely watch the game if Jim can control his emotions while watching his beloved Broncos in the big bowl for the first time since John Elway was at the helm. If you are not one of the roughly 110 million people in the US who will be watching the game, here are some ideas for productive things to do with your time.

1) Work On Your Side Hustle– What are you doing to earn some extra income this month? Some great ideas are babysitting for people who are throwing or attending a Super Bowl party, hiring on as a delivery driver for pizza restaurants during the big game, or using a skill like face painting for a commercial party. We have a neighbor who does face painting for events, and it brings in some serious side money.

2) Exercise– Have you ever been to the gym during the Super Bowl? Crickets…. You can have your pick of any of the equipment, and there is no one there to laugh if you don’t do a new machine correctly.

3)Read– You could spend the roughly 3-4 hours of Super Bowl time to enrich your brain with some new knowledge or relax with some light fiction or travel reading.

4)Cook Some Healthy Meals– Use this time to prepare food for the upcoming week. If you have lots of leftovers or freezer meals, you won’t be tempted to eat out.

5)Clean or Organize Your Junk Drawer/Room– We spent some time a few weekends ago cleaning out the cupboard in our bathroom. You would not believe how many forgotten things that I found. We won’t need to buy lotion for a while and probably will never need to buy aspirin again.

6)Go Grocery Shopping– The grocery store looks a lot like a gym during the Super Bowl. There is virtually no one there. You’ll have plenty of time to shop around for the best deals and look through your coupons without feeling like someone is bumping you from behind with their cart.

7)Have a Beauty Party– I guess this one could apply for guys, but it’s more for ladies who need some hair color, manicuring, or other grooming that you might pay big money for at a salon. I have tried coloring my hair by myself, but it comes out much better is someone else can make sure all the spots are covered. You can save big money and catch up on your bonding at the same time.

8)Find Stuff to Sell on Ebay, Craig’s List, or Consignment– This is a perfect amount of time to get all of your unused or unwanted clothes, appliances, sporting goods, or other knick knacks that you just don’t need anymore ready for selling.

9)Spend Time With Loved Ones– Instead of sitting around stuffing your mouth with chips while watching TV, stuff your mouth with chips while playing a board game or catching up on conversation. Better yet, go for  a walk and skip the chips altogether.

10)Relax– So many of us use the weekends to get caught up on chores we fall behind on during the week. It might be nice to just relax or even take a nap. It’s not lazy if you aren’t on the go 24/7 despite what Western culture might lead you to believe.

What will you do during the Superbowl, watch, boycott, or something else?

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About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.

25 comments

  1. I will be working my regular shift at my regular job Sunday. I work every other weekend.

    The only Super Bowl action I cared about was the new Budweiser commercial with the Clydesdales and the puppy. I watched it YouTube and I really thought the puppy was going to bring the dog rescue lady together with the horse trainer.

    I am in Canada and there is another big snow storm headed our way on Saturday so I might be shoveling after work on Sunday to add the the excitement of the weekend.

  2. Last year I went to yoga during the Super Bowl because all my friends when to Brooklyn to watch the game and I didn’t feel like making the commute. However, the Super Bowl is pretty much the only football game I watch all season. Unless Peach is in town and we watch a game, I’m just not that interested. But the Super Bowl is a fun, cultural event and I enjoy spending the time with friends. Plus the crappy food is awesome! Buffalo chicken dip anyone?

  3. Although I don’t follow football, I will be watching the game. It is usually just a great time to hang out with friends which we don’t do enough of as it is. It is hard though because I am a productive person so there is a lot that I could be doing instead 🙂

    • Super Bowl gatherings can be really fun. The last time the Broncos were in the Super Bowl, I was still in school and I remember one heck of a fun party.

  4. I will actually be using the game as a way to get away from my side hustles. It gives me a chance to hang out with friends, enjoy good food, and watch some football!

  5. Chris generally watches the game. Sometimes he goes over to a friend’s home, so the girls and I just hangout together, which is really nice. The best thing about not watching the Super Bowl is that every other place is so quiet. It is a good time to run errands, etc.

  6. I couldn’t tell from your post – do you like the Super Bowl or no? 😛 I will be watching and I do enjoy football. I hear you about the money thing, but a lot of the advertising dollars coming in from ads are investments by the respective companies in which they hope brings in more money than they spent on the ads. So feeding the hungry is great, but it’s charity where you don’t expect a return. Not saying it’s bad, but the logic behind putting the money towards something different sometimes gets a bit lost. Did I just justify spending millions on super bowl ads instead of feeding the hungry??? I hope not…

    Anyway this is a great list of things to do if you aren’t watching the game. It would be a perfect time to be productive, too, because 1/3 of America is glued to their TV screens!

    • I love when I can pull off ambiguous. I do understand that the NFL provides lots of jobs and money into the economy, especially New Jersey this year. I have a love/hate relationship with professional sports. I love players like Manning who set good examples, but I despise those ones that have no rules and act like they can do whatever they want. I wish people would spend as much effort on important things as they do watching football and the like. That being said, we will be watching. We like our Broncos and really hope they win.

  7. Exercise. Check! 🙂 I actually got offered around $120 to help with a super bowl party but since I’m running I didn’t know if I’d be up for it or make it back in time. I was kind of bummed to turn that one down since I’ve helped with this guy’s parties before and it was really fun. I still have no idea if I’ll watch. I can’t watch at home unless it’s streaming online for free since my TV is kind of stuck on NBC, and don’t really have an “official” invite to a party. I just might be sleeping. 🙂

  8. I don’t care about football, so I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing. Probably just working and relaxing! 🙂

  9. The Superbowl is the one game we watch every year too. We’ll be having friends over for a potluck. The ad dollars do drive me nuts, as all of that money would go SO far in helping feed starving people, and I just can’t wrap my head around how a company can throw 4 millions dollars at a 30-second Superbowl ad, but they can’t find it in their hearts to give 4 million dollars to a worthy company that works to feed and provide medical care to dying children in Africa. But I figure we just need to do what we can to help those people, or whoever we feel led to help, and let the companies deal with their own “what goes around, comes around” fallout.

    • I do understand that NFL dollars translate into lots of jobs and money into the economy, but it does seem silly sometimes. However, we will be watching too and eating our nachos like the rest of the country.

  10. I’m meeting a friend for a hot yoga class then coming home to work on my many articles due monday morning 🙂

  11. It’ll just be a normal Sunday night for us, finishing up chores at home and getting ready for the week of work =)

  12. Love it! I’m planning to go grocery shopping.

    • I made the mistake of going earlier today (Sunday). They even have orange dyed bread and hot dog buns in the bakery to support the Broncos. It was a zoo. If I wasn’t watching the game, I’d certainly go later.

  13. Well, there is no problem enjoying what you’ve earned but it’s also more important to be more responsible in our expenses! Love reading your article. It seems many can relate your story. HAHA

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