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Your Take: What’s Your Favorite Frugal Weekend Idea?

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Last year, I had a whole series on frugal weekend ideas like visiting local wineries, going to a major league baseball game, visit a national park, or something simple like borrow a movie from the library.

My favorite frugal weekend idea is probably to visit a local winery, such as when we visited Boordy (which ended up not being frugal!) a few weeks ago, because it has all the key characteristics in a great weekend day. First, I like being outdoors and most wineries have outdoor seating and relaxing areas. Second, I enjoy the gift of Dionysus and I enjoy enjoying it over several hours basking in the warm sun. Third, it’s a very social activity that has something for everyone. If you enjoy wine, you have wine. If you don’t have wine, you enjoy the setting. If you hate being outdoors and wine, well we’re probably not friends (and you’re probably a vampire). 🙂

I’d like to know, what’s your favorite frugal weekend idea?

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45 Responses to “Your Take: What’s Your Favorite Frugal Weekend Idea?”

  1. Adam (golferadam) says:


    • Dianne says:

      If possible I do try to get some extra sleep in the weekends. I normally have to get up at 5:30 every day to make it to work by 6:55 – 7:am. So yep I feel you.

  2. check out your local city website. I know that once the spring/summer rolls around, there are many free outdoor events from Jazz festivals to cultural/ethnic celebrations. Its really nice to see these things and they are always free (you just have to pay for food from the different stalls at nominal fees)

  3. We have a lot of wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. We usually pack some sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and have fun sampling the latest offerings from the various vineyards. There are seasonal festivals that we attend also. It’s a nice, cheap trip out to the country.

  4. sandy says:

    My absolute favorite is simply going to Baltimore Harbor. It’s a nice drive from NY.

  5. I took to the girlfriend to the zoo this weekend and went out to lunch at a sandwich place in the city…

    $20-ish for lunch, $15 for the zoo…pretty inexpensive and fun date…

    even takes you back to when you were really young going to the zoo on fieldtrips…good times!

  6. Patrick says:

    I think a great idea especially when trying to think of somewhere to take your partner is a picnic. Not only is it much cheaper than going out to a restaurant, but it’s much more intimate and allows you to be more creative.

  7. Paularado says:

    Add me to the hiking contingency. We have a toddler, so mountain biking is on hold for now! We live adjacent to National Forest, so we don’t even need a car, we literally walk out the front door. I did invest in a $250 child carrier and a high end down snowsuit for the little one, so there were some up front costs. All have fantastic resale value on craigslist. Hiking has all the nice “reset your brain” qualities of drinking wine in the afternoon, but without the nasty hangover by dinnertime! 🙂

  8. Tammy says:

    Horseback riding….. Just load up the horses and go explore new parks and trails. We went horse camping last week at Rancho Oso in CA. It was the most fun ever…..

  9. Shirley says:

    Now that we are retired we spend a great deal of time outdoors most weekdays, often backyard gardening and close to home day trips. Most weekends are spent at home visiting with friends and family and a backyard BBQ is always a fun and frugal event. During cold weather season potlucks are the way we go.

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