Fall is here, and with it comes family get-togethers, decorating, and maybe even gift purchases. Usually, these activities result in more expenses added to your fall budget. Make the most of your budget and the time you spend with family and friends by incorporating cheap or free activities into your fall bucket list. Here are a couple of my favorite low-cost fall activities.
Attend A Fall Festival
Many cities have fall festivals and pumpkin patches that are free to enter. These family-friendly outdoor festivals allow you to meet the local craftspeople, listen to live music, visit food trucks and vendors, and even play children's games. More importantly, you will be able to purchase a pumpkin a two for your fall treats or decorating delight. If you've been stuck in the house for too long this year, attending a fall festival is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.
Bake At Home
Now that you've selected the perfect pumpkin, it's time to start baking. There are a couple of seasonal pies that are perfect for the fall. After you've carved your pumpkin, visited an apple orchard, or shelled some pecans, you can bake a pie for any upcoming get-together. There's nothing like a homemade pie when you're gathering with your family, friends, or coworkers.
Setting time aside to bundle up by the fire or with a warm blanket to watch your favorite fall classic is an excellent way to enjoy the fall season. Many television providers like DirecTV, Netflix, and HULU feature fall shows on the home page. So, grab your popcorn, favorite blanket, relax and enjoy the show in the comfort of your own home.
Shop At A Thrift Store
Fall is the season for pulling out your light jackets and long pants. If you need to update your wardrobe or if your children have outgrown their old clothes visiting a thrift store for gently used or new items can save hundreds of dollars. Let's face it, kids are constantly outgrowing their clothes, and buying new clothes to replace them next fall can create a continuous cycle. Walk the aisles of your local thrift store to find some hidden gems.
See my feature in 5 Baby Items To Buy Used.
Decorate Your Home
It's essential to check your current stock of fall decorations before purchasing new ones for your home. Take an inventory, see what you have on hand, and find creative ways to add to your autumn decor. Get creative, and instead of buying premade decorations, you can visit your local dollar store to limit your costs. You can also revisit the thrift store and see what valuable finds you may have left behind.
What cheap or free activities are on your fall bucket list? Leave a comment below.
Need more ideas? Check out Unation to find stuff to do in your local area.