We all have hazy, rose tinted memories of our summers as children; long, hot days of sun, fun and – most importantly – no school! But now that we’ve grown up, the reality begins to set in, and it can be difficult to find activities that are fun without being prohibitively expensive, especially if you have a family or a holiday you’re also saving up for.
Fear not! Here are 5 ideas for keeping yourselves entertained throughout the long summer months without breaking the bank.
Check for free events.
Wherever you live, during the summer you are sure to see signs of festivals, fetes, markets or food fairs, and these are a great opportunity for fun and socializing. These events are almost always free and allow you to mix and interact with your community, and markets and fairs are often run by local businesses so it’s a great way to show support for them as well.
Fishing is great if you prefer a quieter, more relaxing activity for your summer fun. Visit a lake with your fishing gear and get lost in the peace and quiet. If you have a young family, this is a great way to get all of you out in to the fresh air and once you buy the fishing equipment this becomes a really cheap outing the whole family can enjoy, whether you catch anything for dinner or not!
Sticking with the great outdoors here, camping is great whether you’re a family, a couple, or by yourself. What could be better than getting back to nature, being able to look up at the stars at night? Like with fishing, once you’ve bought the equipment you’re good to keep returning to nature as often as you like, making this another ideal summer activity if you’re looking to save money.
Explore the local cities
If you are one of those people who, like many of us, don’t know the area around where you live as well as you should, then this is a great idea for you. Live like a tourist and go find all the sights you should have gotten around to visiting years ago. Listen to a new podcast or audiobook and go exploring solo, or plan your route as a family and really get to know your local history.
Host a BBQ for your friends and close ones
One of the best parts of summer is definitely the opportunities it presents for socializing in the sun. But while eating out at restaurants or spending the day sat with your friends outside the local bar can be fun, it can also be prohibitively expensive. A barbeque or garden party can keep the fun while reducing the cost. Keeping an informal atmosphere means you don’t have to be overly worried about hosting or decorating, and asking guests to bring some drinks or a single dish is a great way of splitting the cost between everyone.
Hopefully, these 5 tips have got your head buzzing with your own ideas for making the most of your summer without going broke!