Cheap Cool ActivitiesCheap cool activities can be difficult to come by. Regardless of if you’re looking for a town with free museums or a way to spend a whole evening without killing your wallet. It’s easy to have fun when you’re willing to spend lots of money. What if you don’t want to spend half of your paycheck on enjoyment? Finding fun stuff to do on a tight budget doesn’t have to be challenging by any means.

Let’s go over a list of cheap cool activities that you might want to try out this summer:

Enjoy the outdoors in your community.

There’s likely so much to do in your community that you won’t be able to find enough time to do it all. Community events range from theater plays at the local school up to a meet-and-greet bbq. Community events present a great opportunity to get to meet your neighbors and to enjoy yourself without cracking your wallet. What are you waiting for?

Host a backyard night at your place.

This can be really fun. When you host a backyard party you can bring all of your friends and family together in an environment where the music isn’t blasting and you can all chat. You also don’t have to wait in line for an hour (unless you want to make your friends wait). My recommendation for backyard parties is that guests are assigned with unique tasks. For example, one person can cover the beer, the other person covers the salad, the next person covers the soda, etc. This way you can all get together without spending lots of money to have a fun-filled evening.

If you don’t have a backyard don’t let this prevent you from throwing an outdoor party. You can take advantage of a local park or the common area in your building. There are many places you can host a gathering of friends.

Check out free attractions.

Your city might offer free museums to access or carnivals on the weekends. I find that if you keep your eyes and ears open you can easily find free attractions going on around town. Get out there and explore your city!

Play free sports.

There are many sports out there that you can play at a low cost. My favorite cheap summer activity is a game of soccer at the park. You call up a few buddies on a cool summer evening and get a game of soccer going. The costs are non-existent and you get some good exercise in. What’s better than free exercise?

Go for a bike ride.

Bike riding is becoming very underrated and extinct for our generation. A bike ride can be an excellent (and free) source of transportation for short distances. A bike ride in the early morning is also a great way to give your day a fresh start. I personally try to go bike riding a few times a week in the summer.

Go camping.

Don’t get me wrong because I love staying in nice hotels with luxurious service. I do however enjoy going back to nature on a warm summer weekend. Camping is a great way to lower the cost of lodging on your family vacation or a weekend outing filled with lots of camp fires and beers.

Go to a baseball game.

Depending on the city you live in a baseball game can be a really fun way to spend the day or evening. Baseball games are much cheaper than most sporting events and are a great time to catch up with friends. When I go to a ball game it’s a group of a few buddies and we grab cheap seats where we can watch the game and talk a little.

Those are the top cheap cool activities that I could think of. If I missed anything please don’t hesitate to share it with us. The summer is coming up and we need to do everything we can to enjoy it. Life is stressful enough, we need to play a little.

Check out the other posts in the series:

Affordable Sports and Training For You.
Frugal Balanced Menus.
Healthy Everyday Habits to Save Money Later.

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Martin Dasko

Martin Dasko