Five Fun & Frugal Activities for Autumn

School has started, the summer weather has broken – autumn has arrived. Whether you are recovering from back-to-school expenses or are looking ahead to the holiday season, there are plenty of fun and frugal ways to make the most of the fall season without going broke in the process.

Here are five ways to keep your autumn activities fun and frugal:

  1. Get your family to the farm. A little country road trip can give you and yours a whole day’s worth of entertainment. Fall is a great time to pick seasonal fruits/veggies, pick your own bouquet, frolic in the pumpkin patch, get lost in a maize maze, or hop on the hay ride. These activities are generally in the free-to-cheap range, making it both a memory maker and penny saver. Here on the east coast, we’re all about the apple; but a quick search can help you find a visitor-friendly farm or orchard to pick something seasonal with friends and family.
  2. Three words: family friendly festivals. There are festivals for just about everything, often free to attend. Whether you like cars, classic planes, harvest activities, wool and fiber crafts, or are seeking 21 and up fun with your favorite wine or Oktoberfest brew, there’s a festival out there for you! Put on your favorite sweater, grab the kettle corn, and take advantage of the crisp fall weather to seek them out.
  3. Break out the cider and bring on the baking. This is a fun and simple way to celebrate the season with a simple adjustment in your existing food plan. As you plan your budget for the next month or so, include some simple fall recipes in your grocery budget. Try your hand at some warm spiced cider or a delicious apple crisp (add a dollop of vanilla ice cream for good measure), or bring on the baked goods with fall or Halloween themed cookies and pumpkin muffins.
  4. Play outside. You read that right. Fall has that perfect cool crispness that makes a trip to the park, the playground, or even your back yard a fun fall activity! Break out the bike, play in the leaves, or go for a hike in a nearby park. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on this totally autumnal and completely free fun.
  5. Get busy crafting. Make a fallen leaf collage, break out the cold-weather knitting, or get started on holiday decorating. Possibilities are endless and the budget is totally flexible. Whether you’re keeping the entire family busy or hoping for some quiet crafting curled up in your favorite blanket, there’s a wide world of arts and crafts to explore – find your niche this season!

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