10 Ways to Save Money This Summer
Yay, summer is finally here! I’m such a sucker for hot temperatures, lazy evenings, and fun activities, since all of this means that the nasty winter weather is behind us and I can actually do some fun things. However, thanks to a thing called “adulting”, I don’t get as much free time as I used to back in my college days. Plus, we are on a budget, so we don’t have any plans to jet off to some crazy destination (no matter how much I want to). Thankfully, we live in a beautiful country that has a lot of (inexpensive) things to do, so this summer we plan on taking weekend trips within Poland, hiking at the Ojcow National Forest, going to some lavender fields, and sitting outside in the old town of Krakow. While these things may sound basic, keep in mind that summer activities don’t need to be complicated and expensive. The older I get, the more I realize that it’s totally possible to keep things simple and affordable while still having a great time. Wondering how to do it? Here are my top 10 ways to save money this summer.
1. Go on a picnic. What’s not to love about outdoor eating? Pack up some of your favorite foods in a cooler, grab a blanket, and head to your favorite park so you can take advantage of the gorgeous summer evenings.
2. Take a hike. Even if you’re not an intense hiker, just being out in nature for a few hours has a way of clearing your mind and taking away some stress. Find a place within an hour’s drive, mark your calendar, and head into the great outdoors. This is a cheap, easy way to have fun while saving money!
3. Accessorize your outdoor area. Gear up for summer parties with an updated outdoor area! You don’t need to spend a fortune to update your space, either. All you have to do is pick up some string lights, new pillow covers, and fresh flowers, and you have an outdoor area that looks fresh, new, and ready for some great BBQs.
4. Have an outdoor party. Now that you have your outdoor area updated and looking gorgeous, it’s time to invite your friends over for an outdoor party! Fire up the grill, light some tiki torches, and turn on some music to make for a memorable summer weekend.
5. Star-gaze. You don’t need to go to a conservatory for this! Just bring some blankets outside, lay on the grass, and enjoy the beauty of summer stars. Make it even more romantic by taking your significant other along to get some cuddle time in!
6. Be a tourist. Have you ever been a tourist in your own city before? It’s a lot more fun than you would realize! Do some research and find the top 5 things to do in the city you live in, and make a day out of it. A lot of the activities are free, or really affordable, plus it gives you a bigger appreciation for where you live!
7. Find a good book. If you want to go old-school, get a library card and have at it! But if you’re more tech-advanced, you can sign up for Kindle Unlimited, which is $10 a month and you get thousands of books to choose from. Need some reading ideas? Check out my top 10 book recommendations!
8. Get drinks outside. If you’re of age and want to enjoy a nice adult beverage, I would highly suggest finding a cute restaurant (or bar) with outdoor seating and grabbing some drinks after work. It’s such a relaxing thing to do, and it feels so good to be outside during these hot summer nights. Round up some of your friends to join for even more fun!
9. Go for a run. I just love running, so when summer rolls around, I want to be outside as much as I can. But, if you’re not a big runner, then tie up your favorite active shoes and go on a nice long walk. Pick a few routes that are not only lengthy, but also give you a lot to look at and appreciate the summer season. I have a route that takes me along the Wisla river, old town, and tree-lined streets, and with views like that, 5 miles just flies by! Plus, it’s an opportunity for me to work on my tan, so that’s always a bonus.
10. Find some water. You don’t have to live near a beach to enjoy the water! Find a lake or river and spend a few hours relaxing. Whether you’re having a picnic, reading a book, swimming, or sleeping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy when you’re near the water. The best part about this? It’s completely free!
What are some ways you like to save money during the summer?