It’s always hard to find summer work, especially with extenuating circumstances. And asking for money to get some food while hanging out with friends or finding the funds to pay for popular amusement, put frankly, sucks. Here are some tips, based on the famous/infamous Tumblr post above, on how to have fun this summer on a budget.
- Lakes: A cheaper, and usually closer option to the beach. Unless you live directly on the coast, getting to the ocean is probably at least an hour hike; which usually leads to an empty gas tank or outrageous beach parking ($). Lakes, especially for those in land-locked states, provide a beachy atmosphere while being more accessible and FREE. Grab some friends, a towel, and a picnic lunch and live it up on a lakeshore this summer!
- Local Live Music: Many cities and towns put on festivals or concerts around holidays, sometimes even weekly! Usually these events have vendors and food trucks, like farmer’s markets, but admission is free! You may not be paying to see your favorite musician, but local artists can surprise you. Grab some friends and maybe just find your newest musical obsession.
- Farmer’s Markets: While products here aren’t free, farmer’s market experiences are always enriching. Filled with local art and produce, fun ca be found walking around, taking pictures, admiring local art, and sampling local cuisine and produce. And if you do go to a farmer’s market with the intent of spending some $$$, most things are cheaper, and you leave with the satisfaction of shopping local and supporting local businesses instead of larger-scale capitalism.
- State/National Parks: Most nature walks, hikes, and trails in the parks system are free. With these you get two for one: entertainment and your daily exercise, and the views, peace, and quiet are unparalleled. If you live in a state with freshwater springs and rivers, they are also beautiful alternatives to beaches, and admission ranges from $2-$6 for a day pass.
These are just a few of my favorite summer activities under $4.65. Comment your favorite things below, let me know if you’ve tried any of these, and let me know things you want to see next!