Summer is loaded with fun activities to enjoy, but many of them cost money and can quickly empty your wallet. To take advantage of the beautiful Summer weather, food and entertainment without spending all your money, here are 10 ways to budget for Summer fun.
1. Summer is almost synonymous with movies. If you plan to see a lot of the big blockbusters, make sure you check the theater websites for discounts and potential memberships that will give you more bang for your buck. Regal and Cinemark are just two of the companies that offer great deals or clubs for frequent moviegoers.
2. If you’re interested in trying a new activity or sport this Summer, join a pick-up sports league. These are totally free, open to all skill levels and often there are a lot of options to choose from! If your lucky, you might not even need to buy any equipment.
3. Before you head out for a summer activity or to eat at a restaurant, visit your destination’s website and look for discounts. They may have specials or coupons available. Groupon, living social and other a deal-of-the-day apps can also yield some excellent discounts.
4. Check your town and neighboring towns for free festivals, musical performances, and other activities. Meet up with friends each week for low-key afternoon or evening of fun.
5. Join your local library, especially if you have kids. Libraries are hubs for a variety of activities in summer like reading programs, classes, book clubs, festivals, discussions, movie nights and other free or low-cost events for families.
6. Buy a museum membership. Yes, it will cost you some money, but many museums offer reciprocal membership programs through the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). This means if you buy one membership, you will get free or discounted access to other museums and exhibits, as well as science centers, aquariums, zoos and other NARM-affiliated places.
7. Looking to get away for a weekend? Find the cheapest way to travel by using a fly or drive calculator like travelmath.com, which will help you measure travel distance and time, and help keep your budget under control with travel cost tools.
8. Want to swim when it’s hot, but don’t have a pool? Find a community pool, YMCA, or school pool to swim for free on sweltering days.
9. Fire up your grill this Summer to keep your house cooler and save energy. If you have a gas grill you can save some money on gas canisters by grilling extra food on the weekend to eat during the week. Try hosting a BBQ once a month and have everyone bring a dish.
While the temps may be rising, keep your costs low with some of these ways to budget for Summer. The season is a great time to experience many exciting things and live it up, and some of these tips could make your Summer fun possible on a budget.