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3 fun and frugal things to do before summer ends

Whether you’re looking to take a short day trip or set off on a multi-day adventure, there’s plenty to see and many ways to save money along the way.

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3 fun and frugal things to do before summer ends

Across the nation, parents are quickly shifting from summer vacation mode to thinking about back to school time. Yes, summer 2017 is quickly coming to a close, but it’s not done yet! Before this season draws its last breath, there’s still time to get out and have some fun – even some frugal fun.

There are plenty of summer staples that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Therefore, if you haven’t engaged in these activities yet this season, you should make every effort to squeeze them in before summer ends.

Take a road trip

Is there anything as quintessentially summer as hitting the open road with a few friends or your family? Whether you’re looking to take a short day trip or set off on a multi-day adventure, there’s plenty to see and many ways to save money along the way. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, you may want to seek out fun and free events you can set your sights on or even hit up on your route. Also be sure to tune up your car before departure to help avoid any expensive breakdown situations.

Go camping

Admittedly, if you don’t already have camping gear for yourself or your family, stocking up now could get pretty expensive (you’ll want to wait until later in the year if you do want to invest in that). However, there is always the chance you could rent some equipment or perhaps even borrow some from a friend. Besides, for a short overnight trip, you may not even require all that much.

3 fun and frugal things to do before summer ends

Rent some camping equipment and go for a short overnight trip. (Source)

And if you are going to choose one night to enjoy under the stars, you might want to consider Monday, August 21st, as that will be when a solar eclipse will take place in parts of the U.S.

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Check out a minor league sports event

Another popular summer pastime is taking in a good ol’ ballgame. Unfortunately, attending many Major League events can cost you hundreds of dollars — especially if you plan on bringing a family along. Instead, you might want to consider the minor leagues. Here in my town of Springfield, Missouri, tickets to see the Springfield Cardinals go for as little as $7. Granted, you may not live in a market where a minor league ball club resides, but that just gives you the chance to combine two great summer activities and take a mini-road trip to see a game.

Alas, this summer is already winding down. However, there’s still time to enjoy the warm weather and out-of-school season by having some frugal fun with your family. Whether you decide to hit the road, head to the woods, or cheer on your local sports team, be sure to make the most of this summer before it’s gone.

DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

Kyle Burbank is a writer for several personal finance sites including Dyer News where he has a weekly column. He is also the author of "The E-Ticket Life", which is about his passion for the Disney Parks. It is available on Amazon.

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