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5 Spring Activities That Won't Hurt Your Wallet

5 Spring Activities That Won't Hurt Your Wallet

You don't have to spend a dime to enjoy flowers in the park!

April 08, 2009

As spring approaches, people want to be able to do fun and leisurely activities that do not cost them a lot of money. With the changing of the weather and people finding themselves outside more, it is important to find things for people to do with their family and friends that they can afford in such a tough economy.

Go for a Bike Ride

Going for a bike ride is not only great exercise but can also be a lot of fun. If you feel as though your neighborhood is too busy to ride your bikes on the road, take the bikes elsewhere and go for a bike ride where there are sidewalks or the roads are not so busy. Going for a bike ride does not cost any money! If your kids do not just like to ride around aimlessly then set a destination location for them to look forward to. For instance, ride to the ice cream parlor or something similar that they will get excited about. Although this may cost a little bit of money, it is not much.

Take a Picnic to the Beach

The springtime is the best time to go to the beach. Although it definitely is not as warm as the summer and you may still need to dress warmly, when you go to the beach during the spring you beat all of those busy summer crowds. Bringing a picnic with food that you have a home is really easy and it is something both you and your kids (if you have them) will love.

Go for a Hike

A hike or a walk in the springtime can make you feel much better and get rid of all those winter blues. If there are mountains nearby to where you live or national parks, going for a walk or hike can be a great activity for the day. If you are a nature person you should even consider going camping for a weekend. It is fairly inexpensive and a lot of fun to do with a bunch of friends.

Go to the Zoo

Some zoos do charge a fee but others you can get into for free. Don’t think that you need to spend money on food or drinks while you are in the zoo as you can often bring your own and sit at one of the picnic areas. This can definitely be a whole day activity and a lot of fun for everyone. Each zoo is different and some are better than others. If the zoo near you charges an entry fee, check with your local library to see if they offer day passes before you fork over the money. Often libraries have deals with places like zoos, aquariums, and museums that will get you entry for free.

Have a Potluck BBQ

Inviting friends and family over for a BBQ on the weekends is a great way to spend time outdoors with people you care about. Making it a potluck BBQ is even better since people can contribute to the party and the cost will not be completely on you. If you like to entertain, this is a great way to get everyone together without spending a great deal of money. Even suggest that people BYOB (bring your own beer) in order to cut back on the cost of alcohol since this can be one of the most expensive contributions.

Although some of these activities may seem commonplace, it is funny how much people think they need to spend a lot of money in order to have a good time. With people trying to cut back and save as much as possible, it is important to find activities that can be done for free and still get you outdoors. Instead of spending money every weekend this spring, put the money into savings and try a few of these activities out for free. And as we head into spring, don’t forget to spring clean your finances!

— By Hannah Waters,

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