Free or Cheap Activities for Summer: By popular demand, here is part 4 of the Pennywise Playbook’s seasonal Fun on a Budget series! With a little out-of-the-box thinking and some creativity, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a blast this summer!
40 Free or Cheap Activities for Summer
Over the past 3 seasons, I’ve released a list of 40 Free or Cheap Activities (for Fall, Winter and Spring). I’m delighted to say they’ve been a huge fan favourite, so in keeping with this mini-tradition and back by popular demand, here’s a list of 40 Free or Cheap Activities for Summer!
We just passed the Summer Solstice (one of my absolute favourite times of year), so it’s officially summer now! I also just got married, which was an absolute BLAST; my husband and I had a fabulous time and so did our families and friends. However… those of you who have had a wedding will know that even on a modest budget, weddings ain’t cheap!!!
We are taking a trip to Italy for our honeymoon in September (where I plan to get fat and happy eating my way through a lot of totally non-vegan delights – because you know, when in Rome… literally…), so I’ve declared Summer 2018 the Summer of Broke! I’ve got a plan for reducing my spending as much as I can, and funneling most of my ‘fun money’/disposable income into our travel savings account. Will this summer be as exciting and action-packed as others? Probably not, on such a tight budget. But as I’ve said before… with a little out-of-the-box thinking and a bit of creativity, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time!
So, my Pennywise darlings, it’s time to crack out your sandals and beach towels, pump up your bike tires, and don’t forget the sunscreen 😉
40 Free or Cheap Activities for Summer
1) Picnic in a local park or at a lookout
2) Grab your spouse or bestie and head to the drive-in! You can usually see 2 or 3 movies for the price of 1, or wait for a ‘carload’ night, where everyone in the car gets in for X amount
3) Cheap movie night at the theatre
4) Outdoor community play/’theatre in the park’ – these are often cheap or pay-what-you-can entry!
5) Host a potluck BBQ
6) Day at the beach with a packed lunch and bottle of wine
7) Know any friends or family members who have a pool…?!
8) Go for a hike in the woods
9) Take a long bike ride along a river or pathway
10) On rainy days or weekends, give your house a nice deep clean or organize a neglected room/closet
11) Run through your sprinkler to cool off
12) Make your own tasty fruit smoothie popsicles
13) Visit a farmer’s market and cash in HUGE on all the local produce. It’s SO CHEAP this time of year, it’s amazing!
14) Freeze berries, corn, peaches, and other summer veggies and fruits for the fall and winter
15) Start setting aside a bit of money each week or month in preparation for Christmas shopping (this will help save you from a big shock to your bank account or credit card come November!)
16) DIY a pedicure to show off those toes in cute sandles
17) Scope second hand stores for winter clothes (seriously!). People will have done a clothes purge in the spring, so get the good winter clothes before the rush in the fall.
18) Visit a botanical garden (admission is usually free or by donation)
19) Go for afternoon tea at a local tea shop, or host a little garden party at your own house
20) Have a garage sale – it will help de-clutter your house and make you a few extra bucks on the side
21) Visit an amusement park on discount day, or check online for coupons
22) Start an herb garden – it’s very zen, satisfying, and will save you money! Be sure to freeze your herbs throughout the summer for use in the fall/winter. Ice cube trays work really well for this.
23) Host a retro rewind movie night with some friends. Ask everyone to bring a different kind of popcorn or retro candy, etc.
24) Go outside with your camera at sunset for some awesome photos
25) Take your kids to the zoo
26) Enjoy an iced coffee on a cafe patio
27) If you eat meat, hit up a pub patio for cheap wing night with some friends
28) Take a day trip to a local town you’ve never been to
29) Research the history and attractions near where you live, and surrounding towns. You’d be surprised how many interesting things you can find to see and do close to home.
30) Try some new salad recipes to expand your repertoire! Might I suggest my Cold Noodle Salad with Veggies in a Miso-Ginger-Lime Dressing? 😉
31) DIY some new patio/deck/front porch decorations
32) Go for a run near a river or lake
33) Go mini golfing or visit a batting cage
34) Volunteer at a retirement or nursing home. They often need volunteers to help with summer outings for the residents!
35) Check out a local amateur baseball game
36) Join a recreational soccer or softball league
37) Visit a summer music, art, or busker festival
38) Show your kids some of your childhood yard games/play with sidewalk chalk, etc.
39) Visit a museum (an even better idea if you don’t have air conditioning!)
40) Ride your bike to a local ice cream store for an after-dinner treat
Do you have any other ideas for free or cheap summer activities? What are your favourites? Will you try any of these? Let’s chat in the comments!
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