how to have frugal fun this spring & summer

[ 0 ] March 28, 2012 |

Spring’s a great time to get outdoors and start mobilizing your social life, but not all of us, unfortunately, can lead by our wallets. If Spring Break has tapped your funds dry or you just want a frugal change of pace for the new season, check out our ideas on how to have fun on a budget!


It’s common knowledge that January/February is the studio dumping ground for less-than-stellar movies. The true blockbusters aren’t released until spring anyway, but is the weekly movie theater trip too much on your wallet? Consider…

  • Netflix Instant. Their streaming service is still a total bargain & the selection just keeps improving
  • Bargain DVD bins at thrift stores & garage sales are great sources for indie movies & forgotten favorites
  • Can’t resist the local megaplex? Eat at home first to avoid the overpriced concession stand food

Budget for the Unexpected

It’s time you created your very own Fun Jar. Take a few dollars from every paycheck and put them aside for something unexpected this spring or summer. Last minute road trip? Yes please!

Take Advantage of Coupon Books

Entertainment Book has specialized vouchers for most major cities, with deals offered for attractions, movie tickets and even dry cleaning services. Now that it’s warmer outside, you really don’t have an excuse to stay in! Just be sure to save on your own Entertainment Book with one of our free coupons.

For Families

If you’ve got kids to entertain, worry not. Inspiring them to have fun for nearly nothing is a breeze. Organize theme days for everyone to enjoy like Beach Day, Library Day, Barbeque Day, Hike Day, etc. There’s no better time to enjoy nature with your family. And be sure to schedule some time off for yourself too – Spa Day, anyone?

Keeping Cool

Spring weather can be a little unpredictable. Rainy one day, cool the next, then blisteringly hot the day after. If you have an air conditioner, be sure to shade your unit with plants or shrubs. It’ll use less electricity if it’s kept cool. Remember to keep the vents free of obstructions!

What are some of your favorite frugal things to do when the weather gets warmer?

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