There’s nothing better than sweet summertime—jam-packed calendars full of activities are usually the norm from June to September. Time spent outside at theme parks, baseball games and concerts can get pricey pretty quickly. However, there’s no rule that says having fun in the sun needs to break the bank. Consider these budget-friendly options and you’ll prove the adventures won’t stop.
Savor the Moments
It may go without saying – but no matter what activity you plan to do, take a technology break and part ways with your cell phone and social media. Focus on being present and taking it all in—whether that’s for a few hours or an entire day. Feel free to snap photos so you have a memory to treasure, but beyond that, leave the text messages and world of Facebook behind.
Plan a Staycation
A trip to the beach would be great—but airfare and hotel costs can add up fast. Finding hidden gems in your own backyard will make you glad you didn’t venture too far away. According to The Everygirl, the best way to decide what you’d like to do on your staycation is by tackling your bucket list of items that you’ve put off experiencing in your own hometown. Whether it’s visiting a local restaurant you haven’t dined at yet or spending a rainy afternoon at the art museum, you’re sure to discover a new favorite spot.
If you’re in the mood to cheer on your favorite team but are trying to save money, buy tickets to a minor league team (or consider rooting your beloved team on when they are playing a less-popular team). Many communities offer discount tickets to local events, too. And be sure to skip the snacks while you’re there. Tailgate in the parking lot instead. Invite friends, flip burgers on your mini grill and play a game of cornhole. It’s the perfect summer evening! And if you’d like to get in the game yourself, find out if your community offers any youth or adult sports leagues—they are usually affordable.
While it may be tempting to head to the summer music festival in your area that everyone wants to see, Ruth from Living Well Spending Less suggests skipping it and opting to see your favorite band instead (much less costly). Or, find a family-friendly local concert in the park complete with picnic blanket, card games and snacks. No shoes required! Splurging on time with your family will be worth much more than any concert merchandise—and that will be music to your ears.
Explore the Outdoors
A great way to stay active during the summer is hiking. Not only is it free, but you get to enjoy the beauty around you as you stay healthy. Pack a lunch and enjoy the sights—and invite someone along for the day. If you’d like to take things a step further, plan a camping trip. Ask around to borrow the tent and other supplies you’ll need—you never know who has extra equipment in their garage or basement! If all else fails, there’s no better way to enjoy a summer breeze than going for a stroll at the park. Take your walk up a notch with an afternoon of geocaching. While this activity requires use of technology, it’s for the best of reasons. Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt?
No matter which activities you choose to plan, being tight on a budget doesn’t mean you have to be tight on summer fun. Make the most of the sunny season and get creative—you’ll be glad you did.