If you’re anything like me, you love being outside in the summertime and getting your tan on.
On a patio, in a backyard, on a blanket in the park with a book – anything to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.
That being said, if you’re anything like me, you don’t like spending money either!
Lucky for you, I’ve come up with a few summer activities that require minimum spending – or in some cases, no spending at all.
Explore your neighbourhood.
Whether or not you’ve done it before, exploring your neighbourhood is a great way to pass the time, get some sunshine, and stumble upon your new favorite ice cream parlour and grab a cone while you walk.
Walk down a street you’ve never walked down before, or take an alternate route home from work. Sit on a park bench and watch people walk by – you never know who you’ll run into!
I stumbled upon that sidewalk art as I was walking around my neighbourhood one morning!
Plant a garden.
Gardening is never something that I’ve been interested in, until recently. I’m not a professional by any means (so please don’t ask me for any gardening tips!), but when you have a dad who’s a landscaper by trade and a mom who loves plants, it kind of runs in the family.
Seeds and soil are pretty cheap, and you can buy in bulk to save some money!
I don’t have my own garden, but I have been able to keep a variety of plants alive for a few years now.
If you have the space for a garden, though, plant a few things and see what happens! Watching little green leafs peek out from underneath soil is kind of a wicked feeling knowing that YOU helped it grow.
Plus, nothing beats fresh strawberries or herbs!
PS. Those tomatoes are not mine, they’re my landlords. But how cute are they?!
Baseball is the perfect summer activity. Tickets can be rather pricey if you don’t know where to get them, but last minute tickets can cost you $6-$12 (Canadian dollars!) if you’re really eager to see a game.
More often than not, if you’re planning on seeing a game with a larger group, most ballparks will give group discounts – you just have to call and ask!
Stubhub.com is a great site/app for cheap baseball tickets (and no, I’m not affiliated with them, I just like the site/app!).
The tickets may not be the best seats in the world, but if you’re only looking to spend a few bucks, they’re perfect. Plus, the less you’re spending on tickets, the more you have left for a beer (or Cracker Jacks!) at the ballpark – and if you’re a baseball fan, you know how expensive ballpark beer is!
Go to the park.
Bring a book!
Bring a blanket and some sunscreen, and lay in the sun while you listen to a podcast!
If you’re a bullet journaler like me, I like to sit outside and journal, myself.
But seriously, summer is the best time to gather up a group of friends, have a potluck picnic, and maybe endulge in a cider or two! There’s nothing better than being with friends in the sunshine.
It’s also a great, cheap date night! Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, and take your lover to the park to have deep, meaningful conversations – or, you know, just go have fun!
Just.. don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
Who doesn’t love barbequed chicken or steak or roasted potatoes on a grill?
Again, gather up a group of friends and roast a pig, or something. Okay, maybe not a real pig, but who doesn’t love a good shindig with great food?
It’s a lot cheaper if you all pitch in on the costs (and the more, the merrier!), but burgers, sausages, and corn on the cob is amazing! Buy a case of beer and a bunch of meat, and get your grill on.
Make some sangria (for you beer haters), sit in your backyard/rooftop patio/wherever you have a barbeque, and just enjoy the summer!
BONUS: If you have a backyard (or a friend who does) and a firepit – roast some marshmallows and make some smores! If you don’t have a backyard, I would highly advise that you don’t just start a random fire.
That’s just dangerous – didn’t you learn from Smokey the Bear?
Honestly, the summer is the best time to get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and spend time with your friends. Even if you have to spend a little bit of money to do it, the memories are what you’re really paying for.
And really, It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re having fun, right?
I know, I know, that’s so cliche, but it’s the truest form of happiness.
Do what you love, and no matter what you’re doing, you’ll have fun.
But seriously, go outside and enjoy summer activities while you can!