Inexpensive Summer Fun

From theme parks to baseball games, and from grilling out to eating out, there is no shortage of ways to spend money during the summer. For some inexpensive summer fun, here’s a list of things to do that are cheap, too:

Go to the beach or public park – Set out for an afternoon of fun in the sun at a local beach or public park.

Pack a picnic – The nearest community park or even your own backyard is an ideal place for a laid back summer feast with your family or a few friends.

Go watch the fireworks – Attending your community’s fireworks display is a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Make it an all-day event with a picnic before the show.

Attend a clothing swap – Organize or attend a community clothing swap. Trade in your old clothes that don’t fit—for items that do.

Go to a festival – Many festivals offer free or discounted admission on certain days or with a donation. Consider pre-ordering tickets to get a discounted rate.

Rent a movie – When the weather isn’t cooperating, rent a movie from Netflix, your local Redbox or sign up for a free video trial.

Read a book – Rain or shine, inside or outside, there’s never a bad time or place to read. Put your local library, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble to good use this summer.

Travel to a national park Pick one of the 400 national parks around the country and spend the day there for a very small admission fee. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, consider camping there for the weekend.