When the first leaf of the season drops to the ground, some people declare it Pumpkin Everything Season!! If its not you, I bet someone you know fits that description to a T.
You dont have to be a pumpkin lover to want to make the most of the fall season. Like most things in life, you can choose to splurge or save on this season. But Im here to argue that you can pack a ton of fun into your autumn without spending a fortune.
This post has been written by our fabulous staff writer, Jamie Jeffers.
8 Ways to Save Money on Fall Fun
In fact, here are 8 crazy simple ways to invest yourself in the season without emptying your wallet.
Fire? Food on a stick? Cozy flannels and warm drinks? Whats not to love!
Assuming you dont need a pricey burn permit for a small recreational fire in your area, you can host a fun party without a lot of cost. If you dont have sticks on your property to burn a fire, you can usually grab a pack of firewood at your local grocery or convenience store.
Add some smores fixings along with hot dogs or brats. You know you cant have a proper bonfire without them! Pick up some of your favorite drinks or ask everyone to BYOB.
- Wrap canned biscuits around a dowel rod. Once its cooked through, pull it from the dowel and fill the hole with jelly or honey.
- Ask friends to bring a cornhole set or other backyard games.
- String Christmas lights in trees or along the deck for added lighting.
- Add music and conversation!
Pinterest Is Your Friend
Looking for ways to make your home reflect the season? Dont bother heading to the store for pricey decorations. Instead, check out Pinterest for a wealth of ideas.
Seriously, youre going to be surprised at the way bloggers can turn sticks from your yard into beautiful decor.
If fall isnt fall without heading to your favorite festival, try to avoid paying full price. Start at Groupon and look for discount tickets. Some festivals offer a discount on certain days of the week. Or they may sell cheaper tickets at grocery stores or credit unions.
Its surprising how often a quick Google search can save you a nice chunk of money.
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While our family is paying off debt, were cutting back on everything. That makes our occasional splurges feel like bigger treats than ever.
This year, pick only your absolute favorite haunted houses and fall festivals to attend. Everyone will enjoy them that much more, and your budget will thank you.
Have you bought costumes from the store lately? Its disappointing. More often than not, youll spend $20 for a flimsy piece of fabric that gets ripped in hours.
Instead, get creative! The internet is full of fantastic ideas for costumes you can make using things you have on hand. If you do end up buying pieces for your costume, get items you can use again and again. Or shop a thrift store for a bargain.
Are the kids begging for an adventure? They love spending time with you! And you dont have to pay money to make it happen.
Pull out your tent (or borrow one!) and set it up in the backyard. Make a no screens rule and pass the time telling stories or playing games together.
Psst…if you hate camping, you can totally get away with hanging a sheet in the living room instead! This is one of our absolute favorite ways to save money on fall fun, and I bet you’ll love it too!
Love football, but dont love the price of tickets? Why not tailgate with some buddies and bring the TV into the yard? Hang with the guys and yell at the players without the cost.
If you cant get enough of live sports, check out local teams. Many high school or smaller college football games are exciting to watch at a fraction of the price.
Make Your Own PSL
No, pumpkin spice lattes dont have pumpkin in them. (Was I the only one not surprised to learn that?) But that just makes them easier to duplicate at home!
Heres a recipe for a quick and easy homemade pumpkin spice latte. But why stop there? Grocery marketers are adding pumpkin spice to everything these days. If you love it that much, keep some in a shaker to add to whatever you like. (Ice cream topping, anyone?)
Fun doesnt have to be expensive.
Enjoy your favorite parts of fall without going into debt to do it all!
What are you doing to save money on fall fun?
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