5 Ways to Have Fun This Summer on a Budget

by Holly Riddle

Jul 23, 2018

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve © Katie Skrzek

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There are so many fun activities available during the summer, from weekend getaways to sandy shores to sidewalk brunches with your friends, music festivals to glamping trips, that after a month or two, your wallet may start to look a little sad. Need to save a few dollars so you can get back in the fun? Fun and frugal aren’t necessarily opposites — here are a few ways you can have fun this summer on a budget.


Take Advantage of Free Events

Many cities host free public events throughout the summer, whether downtown festivals with live music, art fairs or holiday events. Keep an eye on your city’s social media feeds for info on free activities coming up in your neighborhood.


See the Sites

Take a look at your city through a tourist’s eyes. What are the historical spots, monuments and museums that are big hits with first-time visitors? How long has it been since you visited the spots that put your city on the map? Many are free, particularly those with historic recognition.


Get Outdoors

You often won’t have to travel far to enjoy the great outdoors, no matter where you live. Head to the nearest park, whether a city green space or a nearby state or national park, to hike, bike or picnic while enjoying the warm summer weather and a friend or two. A simple weekend activity, it’s an affordable way to get some Vitamin D and enjoy the summer before it’s gone.


Find a Seasonal Hobby

Summer is a great time to take on an extra hobby that’ll not only introduce you to new people, but also get you involved in your community. Check your local MeetUp, parks and recreation websites and libraries for adults-only groups that focus on everything from fiction writing to team sports.


Start a New Tradition

Get a group of your friends together and start a new summer tradition. Maybe you and your three favorite girlfriends take turns hosting a themed weekend brunch. Maybe several couples get together for a barbecue and beer every other week. Whatever your choice may be, both you and your friends may find your new tradition even more enjoyable than just another weekend hitting the same wine bars and restaurants.

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