How to Have Summer Fun on a Budget

Having fun this summer doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money. There are many ways to enjoy the season on a budget. With a little brainstorming and planning you can have a great time without breaking the bank. Here are 10 suggestions:

Enjoy a Book Club

If you enjoy reading, consider joining a book club, or starting one yourself this summer. Get together with friends or meet some new ones by searching for a club in your area. Check out meeting sites like

Go Cycling

Dust off your bike, pump up the tires and take a ride for a healthy, fun activity!

Visit an Art Gallery or Museum

In the summer, most museums and art galleries feature new exhibitions. Many also offer free entry on certain days, so take a look at their websites for more information on pricing and events.

Attend a Free Concert in the Park

Many towns offer free concerts in the park during summer. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a free show!

Stop by Your Local Library

If you haven’t been to the library in a while, you may not realize that it’s become a place for more than just books. Libraries typically have summer reading programs, but they also host games, free movie nights and other fun events. Stop by to find out what programs your local library may offer this summer.

Swim at a City Pool

You can take a dip and get some exercise at a local swimming pool for free. If there isn’t a pool nearby, a lake, reservoir, river, or ocean may be other options, depending on your location.

Host a Potluck Party

What’s more fun than a BBQ with friends and family? Plan a gathering and ask folks to bring a dish to help share the cost.

Start a Garden

Have a nice spot in your yard where you can grow some vegetables? Consider picking up some inexpensive seeds and start growing flowers and plants. Caring for a garden is a fun hobby that will get you outside to enjoy the nice weather.

Go on a Picnic

Take advantage of the warm, sunny days and head to a park. Pack a snack or a full picnic lunch and spend the day enjoying nature. Make your own food to keep costs low.

Go Camping

Dust off that old tent and camping gear, and take a trip to the woods with your friends and family for a night or two of campfires, ghost stories and star gazing at night.

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