Five Fun and Frugal Fall Activities
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Hey, Frugal Rules friends! John wrote a post last year on a few fun and frugal fall activities, and I thought I’d add to the list in the name of combining fun with saving money. As we work on our debt freedom goal, we’re becoming quite the experts at cheap entertainment. 🙂 Even some of our friends are getting in on the game, working to find fun on the cheap that we can all share in together.
Here are some frugal fall activities for all that will bring on the fun without breaking the bank.
Fun and Frugal Fall Activities for Everyone
#1 Fall Festivals – Cities and towns everywhere abound with different types of fall fairs and festivals. We went to a free one yesterday (yes, I said FREE!) that featured not only classic cars by the hundreds, but classic airplanes as well.
I’m a sucker for the classic muscle car so this one didn’t even have to be discussed in our house – we were going! Our whole family of six went, and we spent $10 on kettle corn and that was it. The kids rated it as by far the best fun we’d had all year, and we all can’t wait to go back next year. Check out your state’s tourist website for info on fall festivals and fairs in your area.
#2 Road Trips – Road trips in the fall are awesome! The colorful changing of the leaves and the cool crisp weather are perfect ingredients for hikes, bikes, photography sessions and simple drives around your state. No worrying about excessive summer heat or slipping on the ice-packed sidewalks, fall is the perfect time to take advantage of some local travel.
Halloween/Harvest Fest Activities
#3 Harvest Fests and Halloween – Tons of businesses, from amusement parks to pumpkin farms to churches to schools have Halloween or Harvest Fest parties. Activities like hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, haunted houses and trails, petting zoos and carnival events make for tons of inexpensive fun during the fall season. Just avoid the tourist trap harvest destinations and instead enjoy a little more low key and less expensive fun at a local farm. Also, don’t feel like you have to go overboard by purchasing or renting an expensive, elaborate costume. Even if you’re not crafty and aren’t into making your own costumes, you can usually find nearly new ones at consignment sales for a fraction of the price.
#4 Bonfires – You can install a small fire pit in your yard for free, or very cheap at the most. Now, my brother put one in this year to the tune of several thousand dollars, and it looks awesome, but we put ours in with some small boulders we found in the back woods and it works just as well. 🙂
Fire pits means roasting marshmallows and making s’mores, roasting hot dogs or getting a sandwich “pan” for any number of fire-cooked goodies, or simply relaxing by the warm fire on a crisp, cool night. Bonfires are one of our very favorite fall activities.
#5 Apples – I think this is the main reason I love fall so much. Other than the fact that it precursors winter, fall is wonderful in my opinion. And part of what makes it so wonderful are all of the fun we can have with apples!!!
There’s apple crisp, apple pie, bobbing for apples, apple picking at the orchard, apple cider, apple jelly, apple butter – where does it end?? Apples just shout “happy” from the rooftops, don’t they? Many traditions have come and gone in our family, but going to the local apple orchard each year and filling our bags to the brim with apples as we grab them from trees and munch away is one tradition that I hope we’ll keep forever.
And apples are a huge part of our food growing and preserving plan. We’ve got four beautiful apple trees in our yard, and they’re all abounding with apples this year. Just this week we made five pans of apple crisp: one to eat now and four to freeze for later. We’ve still got an overload of apples waiting to be used, so I’m thinking we may try our hand at apple butter next.
Fall is such a beautiful time of year, my friends. Get out and enjoy the many frugal fall activities available in your neck of the woods. Get in a nice heavy dose of fall fun before the next Polar Vortex kicks in. 🙂
What are some of your favorite fall activities? How do you save money on fall entertainment? What’s the best fair or fall festival you’ve been to lately?
Photo courtesy of: Steven Depolo