Summer Activities You [and Your Wallet] Will Enjoy
Can you believe it’s already June? Finally, time for summer. If you’re looking for fun, free (or low cost) ways to enjoy the long, sunny days and warm nights, here are a few suggestions:
Go Camping in Your Backyard
If you love the outdoors, this is a cheap and fun way to change up your summer nights while staying close to home. Hang a hammock in your backyard and watch the sunset. Pitch a tent with family and friends. If you don’t have a fire pit, you can cook popcorn on your stove to get that campfire taste. If you’re looking to travel or be a little more adventurous, consider a low-cost or free campground in your area.
Be a Local Tourist
Sometimes the best things in life are right at your fingertips. Try exploring your hometown or home state. You’re bound to discover things that you’ve never noticed before. Try hiking at a local trail that’s new to you, check out a museum, look up free concerts or outdoor movies in your hometown, or visit historical sites in your area. Chances are, you’ll learn something exciting about the place that you’re from, and you’ll have a great time doing it.
Has your favorite blanket been hibernating for the winter? Is your yoga mat begging for some fresh air? Take one out to your favorite spot outside and practice your yoga poses. Everybody can use some relaxation from time to time. Just remember the sunscreen!
Have a Game Night with Your Family and Friends
Game nights are a cheap and fun way to spend time with your favorite people. Per usual, game nights are full of laughs and some good ol’ competitive fun. Encourage everyone to contribute a food item to have a low-cost, potluck-style gathering.
If it’s a nice day outside, draw an outdoor board game onto the sidewalk with chalk and use in-home objects (shoes, cups, etc.) as your game pieces.
If you like golf, but don’t like hauling around clubs, consider disc golf! It’s a low-cost, fun alternative to try on a sunny summer day. You can pick up discs at a used sporting goods store for a few dollars per piece! Disc golf has the same objective as regular golf, but instead of clubs and golf balls, it requires hand-thrown discs. Players aim at a basket, and try to get the lowest number of throws (strokes) per hole. An online search can provide you with free or low-cost courses in your region.
Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to give back to your community. If you have some spare time this summer, consider researching some of your favorite organizations to see if they’re accepting volunteers. If you love dogs, call up a local animal shelter. If you love cooking, call a soup kitchen in your hometown. For just a few hours per week, you can truly make a difference. Our advice: pick something that you’re interested in. You’ll have a blast!
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