Budget-Friendly Fall Activities

It might be hard to believe, but fall is here!

While it’s always a bit disappointing to see summer go, there is still plenty of fun to be had during the autumn months. But, if you are under the strain of a tight budget, it can feel difficult to partake in fall fun without breaking the bank. Luckily, I’ve discovered four great activities that will allow you to enjoy fall without spending too much of your hard earned cash!

1. Take In The Scenery

If you’re looking for a simple way to enjoy fall while sticking to your budget, consider taking an afternoon stroll through the great outdoors. In many parts of the country, fall is the perfect time to see the seasonal change in foliage. So why not grab a friend or two and hit the road to your nearest park for a fun hike or bike ride through the woods? Not only will you get to take in the beautiful sights, but you’ll be giving your wallet a rest as well!

2. College Football

Nothing says fall quite like football, and seeing a game live can be an incredibly exciting experience. Unfortunately, tickets for NFL games can cost hundreds – sometimes even thousands – of dollars. Factor in expensive concessions and parking fees, and you’re in for a pricey day. Luckily, there is a budget-friendly alternative! College football, in many areas, can be an affordable substitution. Granted, while some D-1 schools can have ticket prices on-par with the big leagues, many towns have lower division schools, community colleges, or high schools that charge less than $10 to attend their games. If you don’t feel like heading to a game, consider hosting friends for a BYOB potluck afternoon and watch all the games in the comfort of your home. All the same fall football fun, but for much less!

3. Visit a Fall Festival

Fall is the perfect time to partake in hayrides and fall festivals being held in your town or at a local farm. In many cases, local town governments or social clubs will sponsor fall festivals, resulting in very budget-friendly (or, in some cases, even free) admission. These can be a fantastic alternative to attending pricey amusement parks or other costly entertainment venues and are a great time for adults and kids alike. Check your local town newspaper or website for information on upcoming events in your area!

4. Spend An Evening By the Fire

What better way is there to spend a chilly fall night than by a roaring fire? If you’re in search of some budget-friendly evening entertainment this fall, consider investing in a fire pit for your backyard. From sharing spooky ghost stories to roasting tasty marshmallows, there are plenty of ways to have frugal fun beside a fire. Plenty of stores sell pre-built pits for under $75, or you can make a project out of it and build your own!

It isn’t hard to find affordable fall fun when you’re on a tight budget. A little research and bargain hunting can really go a long way when it comes to finding affordable alternatives to your regular forms of entertainment. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll get a chance to try new things as well.

Do you have any tips for enjoying a frugal fall? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Miriam V. De Luca /

    Good advice!! Being debt free, frees us from a great burden. We are very close to being so in about one year. Thank you for making it happen. Miriam

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