Your enjoyment of outdoor activities during the warm summer months can be tinged with gloom if you overspend. However, by filling the summer with entertaining ideas, you and your family can still have great fun while keeping within a strict budget.
You can make considerable savings by taking your own packed lunches and picnics on day trips. Compensate for the lack of expensive fast food by including tempting fruit or salad vegetables you don’t usually buy. Turn a forthcoming day trip into a special event by baking delicious cakes, brownies and pasties.
Pick your own Produce
Visit a market garden or farm where you can pick your own strawberries, peas or beans at a discount price. You get to enjoy fresh air and exercise in beautiful countryside while saving money by taking home high-quality fruit and vegetables to freeze or make into jam.
Give your kids a reason to enjoy free fresh air by showing them how to make a kite. It’s easy to find instructions online and the materials you need are inexpensive. Alternatively, it doesn’t cost much to buy one ready made. The tricky bit is getting the kite airborne but it’s enormous fun trying.
Intersperse visits to expensive theme parks with day trips to local country fairs. These are often run by volunteers but have excellent fun-filled atmospheres. You’ll find all types of themes such as chilli festivals, real ale celebrations and stalls packed with handmade crafts. Attractions usually include falconry and archery displays, flower shows, ferret racing and old-fashioned attractions such as a coconut shy.
In every county there are free public pathways you can ramble along. You’ll be able to meander through inspiring nature trails full of woodland plants and wildlife. Enjoy photographing incredible views in areas such as the Peak District, Offa’s Dyke or the Malvern Hills. Explore unspoilt landscapes while searching for ancient monuments such as The Rufus Stone in the New Forest.
Instead of jetting off to foreign climes, enjoy a holiday much nearer to home. Make it an exciting adventure by going camping. It’s economic to pitch a tent in a designated park where you’ll have access to a wide range of amenities. Save money by renting or borrowing a tent. Camping also gives you the freedom to tour and experience the wonder of different landscapes.
Making the Most of your Budget
Look for free open air concerts in every type of music genre. They’ll even include crafts, puppet shows and firework displays. Instead of purchasing new clothes opt for a few fashionable accessories to update your look. To make the most of your future investments by choosing summer activities that save you money without sacrificing fun, you’ll discover that keeping within a budget is rewarding in more ways than one.