Summer can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. The weather makes it a perfect time to have outdoor dates and rarely does nature need a big cost to enjoy. Fill your summer with these simple, frugal ideas and you won’t feel the need for a big costly, summer vacation because every weekend has been a mini-vacation! Here are 10 frugal summer date ideas I enjoy!
10 Frugal Summer Date Ideas
- Go Stargazing. Take a drive out of the city and go stargazing. Google has a great Sky Map App that can show you what constellations and stars you are looking at. My husband and I like looking at the stars and talking about our future.
- Discover a new park. Be a tourist in your hometown. My area is blessed to have many parks in my county and the surrounding ones. We pack a simple picnic. Choose a park using Google Maps. Sometimes we find a little community park that makes a quaint picnic spot, sometimes we find a super cool park that fills our afternoon with lots of great activities.
- Visit Yard Estate Sales. My husband likes finding tools and electronic stuff while I go towards more home decor and collectibles. Be sure not to overspend your budget.
- Back Yard Camping. This is something I haven’t done yet but would like to once I move out of the duplex I am currently in. I probably wouldn’t do it in the middle of summer either because of the Florida heat. The idea of camping in my own backyard sounds amazing though and so romantic.
- Go Mini-Golfing. This is not too expensive. Take your time going through the holes and go home to a nice dinner waiting for you in a crockpot.
- Fly a kite at the beach. The Dollar Tree sells kites. They are not the best, but they will withstand a day at the beach. This is great for people like me who aren’t the sportiest.
- Make Chalk Drawings. Maybe you’re not as great Bert from Mary Poppins but you can play Tic-Tac-Toe and make each love notes for the world to enjoy.
- Buy an ice cream maker, and make your own ice cream! You can buy an Ice Cream Maker for around $35, so that will cost a little but you will have it forever. Come up with lots of fun flavors and have a night testing them out! Sounds yummy to me!
- Go to Open Houses. Pretend to be house hunting. Explore houses in fancier neighborhoods than yours or older neighborhoods. Once my husband and I got to see some cool homes in my hometown. We had a lot of fun talking about all the differences between houses back then and houses now. Since my husband and I are planning to buy a house in the next 3 years, we do this idea often.
- Get a Local Deal. One of my favorite ways to find something to do on a budget is to check out Groupon and find new things to do. We have discovered a paint your pottery place, a few restaurants, and other things using Groupon. Make sure to read all the fine print and usage rules for each deal you get.
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