If you are living on a tight budget, know that you’re not alone. Most Americans wish that they had more spending money in general.
Americans find it difficult to save their money, so it may feel like you just can’t keep your money in your pocket. It always finds its way out eventually.
This dilemma becomes particularly potent when you realize that the summer season is quickly fading. You only have a few weeks left to enjoy the beautiful summer freedom.
What are you going to do with your precious few weeks that are left? Here are a few cheap end-of-summer ideas that will keep your family busy and happy and feeling like you haven’t let the summer go to waste.
Try Picking Your Own Fruit
One great way to spend the end of your summer is to go pick your own fruit. There are many states that are ideal for fruit picking.
These states include: Michigan, Oregon, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, California, and Florida. Blueberry season lasts from May until September, so you still have quite a bit of time to go and pick berries.
If you do not live in one of the above mentioned states, do not worry. There are plenty of blueberry farms scattered throughout the entire United States.
Many people who own blueberry farms let guests come and pay a small fee to have the experience of picking blueberries. Guests usually get to pick the blueberries that they pick while at the farm.
Guests have reported that this experience is very fun and fulfilling for the whole family. If you and your family do not have a berry bush or easy access to something similar, it may be the first time you and your family have picked berries in your life.
It can be a very fun, lighthearted, and easygoing experience for all ages. Guests who pick berries at farm report fun times taking the berries home and finding different recipes to use them in.
Guests report having lots of fun cooking the berries into pies, putting them into shakes, and making jam out of them. Some people even freeze the berries and use them in pancakes and muffins during the winter.
Using the berries during the winter keeps the spirit and hope of summer alive in your home. There are also other fruits and vegetables available for picking and harvesting.
Tomatoes, squash, and watermelon all reach the peak of their growing process in August. Visit pickyourown.org to find out where you can harvest the fruits and vegetables that are the most ripe right now.
Go For A Swim
Another great idea for a cheap, end-of-summer activity is to go swimming in the ocean. If you live near the ocean, or can take a day trip to the ocean, you should do it.
The water on the East Coast of the United States reaches its warmest temperatures during August. It could be a lovely family activity to take a day and go visit the beach.
There is nothing else quite like swimming in the warm ocean water and basking in the ocean sky. Go to the beach to feel refreshed and rejuvenated before you have to return to your regular work routine in the fall.
You do not even have to buy an expensive swimsuit in order to go to the beach. Just look for deals and sales online and in-store and you will be good to go.
Even if you can’t seem to find a swimsuit that is very cute, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that you have a good time and that you make memories.
Try to Get One Last Crop In
No one will remember what you wore anyway. Another great way to enjoy the end of summer is to start a garden.
You may think that it doesn’t count as a summer activity if you’re preparing your garden for the fall, but it definitely counts. Make sure to prepare your plants for the summer heat, though.
You do not want them to dry up and die because you have not prepared them for the heat. Try wetting the soil a day or two before you plant the seeds, planting them deep into the soil, and making sure they have shade once they are planted.
These are necessary precautions to take when you are planting seeds during the summer. Also be sure to water the plants at least 2 or 3 times a day.
It is difficult to water plants too much when they are constantly being exposed to the hot summer fun. End your summer with a band with these fun, cheap, end-of-summer activities.