After what seems like endless amounts of snow storms, Spring is finally here! That means getting outside, enjoying the warmer weather, and experiencing longer days.
However, since you’re a savvy shopper and know the importance of saving, you probably want to enjoy Spring by spending as little as possible.
Don’t you worry – we have 10 fun and frugal ways to enjoy Spring right here!
5 Fun Activities to do With Friends
Are you and your friends absolutely sick of staying in? Have you played enough board games, watched enough movies, and hosted enough potlucks to last you until next winter?
Good news: all of our ideas are centered around getting outside. You’ll get to have a little fun in the sun before Summer is here, hopefully without the sun burn!
1. Get Active and Play Some Sports
You don’t have to go all out and join a league or anything. Why not try a game of frisbee, basketball, tennis, soccer, or softball?
Get your friends together and go to a park or sports complex nearby. You’ll be able to play for free and you’ll be getting in shape for the summer!
Do you and your friends like to run? Try training for a fun 5k like the Color Run or Zombie Run.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could always try your hand at parkour. If nothing else, it usually makes for funny videos!
2. Attend Local Festivals
Spring is a great time to enjoy the various festivals happening in your town. Arts and crafts, food, live music, wine and beer, what more can you ask for? Festivals make for a perfect day out, and they allow you to enjoy your city’s culture.
Not sure how to find a list of festivals to attend? Check out your town’s official website or Twitter account for the latest events.
3. Walk Around Your City
If there aren’t any festivals going on, you can still take advantage of the nicer weather and walk around your city. If you’ve moved recently, or haven’t taken the time to just walk around your city, you could be in for a treat.
Take a group of your friends and make a “day trip” seeing the local sights. Have each person act as a “tour guide” for certain sections of the city, or take a guided tour (if it’s not too expensive).
Hint: check out Groupon for local deals and take advantage of specials!
Another alternative? Take a bike ride around the city.
4. Throw a Backyard Party
Do you or your friends have access to an awesome backyard, complete with grill, pool, and space for various shenanigans? If so, throw a party to celebrate the arrival of the season.
Parties don’t have to be expensive. Think of this as a potluck, but with an outdoor twist. Go shopping at a warehouse store, stock up on burgers and hot dogs, plates, utensils, and split the cost. Enjoy hanging out in the pool, and make it BYOB.
5. Volunteer Your Time
This might sound like a strange suggestion at first, but volunteering your time with friends can be a great way to give back to your community and have fun.
If there’s a cause that’s near and dear to your heart, check out their website and see if they can use volunteers for upcoming events.
If that doesn’t work, you can always find a charity related to your favorite cause, and see if you can walk to raise money for them.
5 Fun Activities to do With Your Family
Have kids and want to keep them entertained for Spring break and beyond? These five ideas will help.
1. Take a Trip to the Farmer’s Market
There’s something for everyone at your local farmer’s market! Make a morning outing of it, support your local farmers, and sample some of the delicious food being offered.
2. Host or Attend a Garage Sale
Want to hunt for some bargains or make some extra money? Garage sales are a good place to do both. Springtime is when everyone is decluttering and selling off old wares. If you’ve been needing anything around the house, make a list, and go hunt for treasure.
Conversely, see if you can get the entire family on board to help with cleaning out the house. Do you need to go through things in the basement, garage, or guest room? Make a weekend of cleaning and take everything outside to get organized. See if anyone else in the neighborhood plans to have a garage sale (if your community has an annual garage sale, even better!), and get together with them to make the most of people stopping by.
3. Go Geocaching
You’ve probably heard of geocaching before, but in case you haven’t, the concept is simple. It’s basically a local scavenger hunt that allows you to explore your city while trying to find different caches.
This is a great way to keep your children entertained while getting them outside. It turns a family walk into so much more than just another outing!
4. Take a Day Trip
Want to keep costs down, but still want to get away? Think of attractions that are a few hours away that you can visit in a day.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, go hiking in the mountains, walk around a big city, or head out to the beach (if it’s warm enough near you).
Or you can simply go somewhere for one day, whether that be the zoo, the park to have a picnic, or the next closest city you’ve never been to.
5. Plant a Garden
Take your kids along with you to the store and let them pick out what they want to plant. They’ll have fun helping you, and they’ll get to see the results of their hard work once your flowers bloom.
You can also plant vegetables, which means spending less on groceries if they do well enough!
No matter what you decide to do, there are plenty of frugal ways to enjoy Spring with family and friends. Take advantage of the outdoors and have fun!