Save A Buck! Affordable Activities To Try This Summer

June 12, 2015  |  

Is anyone else excited for summer? It seems like every time this season arrives, we start combing through our finances for a little extra money to enjoy the year’s hottest months. Sure you can take a vacation anytime, but don’t you want to have a story to tell around the water cooler?

I for one usually leave big vacations for special occasions like my wedding anniversary or the holidays, but I can dig a mini summer getaway. Given the unbearable heat and how slow things can get on the job front, the idea of doing something fun sounds wonderful, and doesn’t always need to be something elaborately planned.

One alternative to summer vacationing is trying out a seasonal activity or two. Think about it, most only come around once a year so why not indulge a little? Who knows, you might fall in love with your city or neighborhood.

This summer, challenge yourself to take advantage of warm weather and laid back vibes by indulging in a local summer activity or two . Believe it or not, there are many that won’t break your piggy bank. You can save that money and put it towards a future endeavor.

Here are a few summer activities to consider.

Networking mixers. Check sites like for happy hour gatherings that extend beyond a local bar or restaurant. Cruises are a popular choice when the weather is warm.

Summer concerts. Many artists go on tour throughout the summer in efforts to capitalize on people’s time off or casual schedules. Start looking online — including social media — for concert dates and prices. Many will have casual seating where you can bring your own lawn chair. Tip: Check flash sales sites for deals on pricing.

Free outdoor activities. One of the perks of summer are all the free activities taking place now that you don’t have to bundle up to be outside. Businesses and organizations tend to create a line-up of events and things to do for people to enjoy for free, or at a discount. Examples include concerts and outdoor movies and theater.

Food festivals and fairs. Hopefully there’s a block party planned for your neighborhood. They’re so much fun and give you a chance to expand your palette. Carnivals and fairs are another activity you can enjoy with the entire family. Wine festivals are also popular during the summer months and make nice post-work outing opportunities to bond with your co-workers and neighbors.

Unique physical activities. Keep your eyes peeled for sunrise yoga, pilates in the park and any other physical hobbies that are heading outdoors. This is a wonderful way to meet new people and step up your workout game.

No matter what you decide is best, it’s important to keep your options open and enjoy the season. Never limit yourself because of lack of funds.

What are some ways you enjoy summer?

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