If you’re like most people, you’re looking forward to carefree summer fun, particularly if you’re one of those who lives in an area that’s recently been affected by wild winter weather. No matter where you live, however, you may also be concerned about the price tag involved in getting the most out of the summer season, and if you’re struggling to repay debt, you might even be thinking that summer fun won’t be a part of your personal picture this year. Fortunately, not all good things come at a high cost, and options exist for those seeking inexpensive ways to enjoy their summer. The following are 13 suggestions designed to provide you with inspiration concerning low-cost summer activities.
Summer is an excellent time to volunteer, and opportunities exist for a variety of interests and abilities. For instance, outdoor enthusiasts might consider volunteering at local parks, and those with creative abilities frequently find volunteer options with community-based art projects. Choosing a volunteer activity that corresponds with your skill level and personal interests helps ensure that you won’t be bored.
Attend Free Community Concerts
Almost all communities put on a free concert series in local parks or other public spaces. These are great ways to pass a pleasant summer evening in an outdoor setting. Packing a picnic provides an inexpensive meal option to enjoy while listening to music.
Participate in Local Art Walks
Community art walks provide a way to get out and mingle with others in your area while enjoying looking at paintings, ceramic pieces, jewelry, and other creative items produced by talented local artists. Many art galleries also offer free wine tastings, and others feature snacks provided by nearby restaurants. Most community art walks occur on a monthly schedule.
Attend Saturday Markets
Starting out the weekend with a visit to your local Saturday market is inspiring and energizing. You can often find good deals at these venues, and even if you don’t buy anything, Saturday markets normally feature live entertainment. It’s possible to get free samples from many vendors, and these events often feature activities for children.
Pick Your Own Fruit
Spending weekend afternoons in the country at a farm that allows customers to pick their own fruit from on-site orchards provide plenty of fresh air and exercise along with serious savings on the freshest possible produce. This is a particularly fun outing for families, but it also works for groups of friends.
Summer vacations don’t have to come with prohibitive sticker prices. Going camping provides an excellent way to get relief from your routine while connecting with the natural world. Most people live within easy driving distance of acceptable areas to camp. If time is short and you can only get away for one night, consider having a camping party with family or friends in your own backyard. Make it fun by indulging in camping classics such as roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.
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Few low-cost summer activities are more peaceful than going stargazing on a gorgeous summer night. The last two weeks of July through the third week in August is a particularly good time to stargaze the night away because this is when the Perseid meteor showers take place. Although you can see them from suburban areas, you might have difficulty if you live in an urban environment, so plan on going to a location where light pollution isn’t part of the picture.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which participants use a mobile device to track and locate a variety of hidden treasures in their communities. References and clues are provided on an online interface for those joining in the fun. One of geocaching’s best features is that it’s portable fun that you can enjoy on your travels.
Go Fly a Kite
The best low-cost summer activities are those with the power to transport participants back to the carefree days of childhood, and flying a kite does a great job of recapturing that particular magic. You don’t even have to purchase a kite — you can easily make one using a paper sack, a couple of sticks, and string.
Join a Recreational Sports Team
You can get your quota of exercise, make new friends, and have fun at the same time by joining a recreational sports team. Adult sports leagues are usually sponsored by municipal parks departments, but you may also find them sponsored by pubs and other local businesses.
Visit Your Local Library
Borrowing books from your local library is significantly less expensive than purchasing those books, and modern libraries offer much more than books. Libraries also have free programs for children as well as for adults, and some even feature lectures, local artwork, slideshows, and live performances.
Host a Backyard Barbecue
Going out to eat gets expensive quickly, especially if you’ve got a family or another type of group to feed. Hosting a backyard barbecue is a great way to feed a crowd for minimal cost. If you don’t have a family, hosting a backyard feast provides a much less expensive way to socialize with your friends than going out for a night on the town.
Go on a Picnic
If you’re longing to enjoy a romantic evening out with your partner or a new friend but aren’t crazy about the associated price tag, pack a picnic instead. Picnics are best when enjoyed in areas featuring abundant natural beauty, so choose a spot such as a meadow spangled with wildflowers, a nearby beach, a spot under towering trees next to a lake, or any other outdoor venue that provides beautiful views and a serene ambiance.
Summer is also a great time to rethink your debt repayment strategy. For instance, debt consolidation may make your financial picture more manageable, and entering into a debt settlement agreement allows consumers to completely wipe out burdensome debt loads. Please feel free to contact Christian Debt Counselors at your convenience if you’d like more information on getting your debt issues under control.