Want to have a great weekend in Disney World? Even for us Florida residents, we shell out $76.50 per day per park. The price goes up for each day and each park you add and that doesn’t include food. A weekend trip to Disney World is going to come in at more than $400—hardly a value.
Your weekend plans may not include Mickey but even a night at the movies for a family of four could come in at more than $100 and a nice dinner for you and your spouse may approach $50 or more. Finding an economical way to spend a weekend is tough but over the next couple of weeks we’re going to give you some ideas that hopefully will lead to other ideas specific to your area. Here are the first 10.
Go on a Walk
Sure, that’s not very creative but walking is the cheapest form of exercise and the together time you get with your family is priceless. When was the last time you found a new path, trail, or community to walk through? Don’t walk around your neighborhood. Go somewhere else.
Here’s how you do it 21st century style. Find a park that has a clear view of the sky in an area where there aren’t a lot of lights. Take some bug spray, a blanket, and your phone or tablet with you. There are some really cool stargazing apps that allow you aim your phone or tablet to the sky and identify constellations and other features. 21st Century stargazing at its best.
Most larger communities have summer concert series that take place outside. They’re almost always free and happen a couple of times per month. This is your chance to listen to music that you’ve not explored in the past. Don’t know much about orchestral or jazz music? Go anyway. You might just like it.
What kinds of problems do you have in your life? There’s something therapeutic about helping others and for some reason, it makes your problems feel a little more manageable. We’re wired as giving people and using that will send you away feeling refreshed. It does for me.
Want to see a play, musical, or concert but don’t want to pay for it? Go to a dress rehearsal the night before. Call first but many companies allow you to view dress rehearsals for little or no money.
You might remember these strange places called libraries. Before entire libraries could be viewed through the internet, libraries were much more popular than they are now. Publishers of books and magazines still have to make money so you’re not going to get all of the content for free. Head to your library and read the magazines, check out a book, or take home a recording.
Speaking of libraries, check out their offerings of community events. Classes about money management, insurance, writing, and just about anything else may be offered at your library or community center for free. If you have expertise in a certain area, consider giving back and teaching a class.
You don’t have to buy anything to make a day of garage sales. Not only will you meet some interesting people, you’ll find that some people’s junk has value to you. You probably have expertise in some area where you’ll find a valuable item for cheap. A treasure hunt is always fun!
Find a New Blog
The internet is full of interesting blogs and other websites but we often stick to our comfort zone and don’t explore new sites. Another fun activity may be to start a family blog of your own. There are plenty of sites online that allow you to set up a blog for free.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, there’s always something fun to do at a playground. Don’t be the person who takes your children to the playground and sits on the bench while they play. Get some exercise and some quality family time by playing with your child.
The key to finding low cost and fun weekend activities is to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new. We’re creatures of habit and if you’re habit is to shell out big money each weekend, try something new this weekend.