Today’s article is written by Staff Writer Catherine Alford.
This past weekend, my husband and I ventured out to an apple-picking farm. To be frank, we were pretty exhausted and didn’t want to go at all (our twins have taken to waking each other up all night long), but we persisted and went anyway.
I find that it’s so easy to talk yourself out of doing various activities when you’re on a budget. It’s especially hard if you want to save money and stick to a budget. However, I think if we all spent a little time pursuing those activities that are both fun and inexpensive, we’d enjoy life a little more!
In order to help you with that process, here are some ideas.
1. Pumpkin & Apple Picking
Apple picking cost us $11 and we can go back to the same farm as many times as we want this season. It took us twice as long to pack for the journey as it did to actually pick the apples, but it was a fun way to get the babies out of the house. They also had pumpkin picking and hayrides but our kids are pretty small for that. Also, let’s not forget that they had a pumpkin slingshot that my husband thought was the best thing since sliced bread. Men.
2. Explore Your Surroundings
We’re planning an outing to New York City this weekend that’s inexpensive and fun. We’re just going to drive in and walk around Central Park and not do anything too crazy. We want to take advantage of our proximity to the city and enjoy the weather before the snow comes.
We both regret not seeing more of some of the places we’ve lived, so we plan on really enjoying our time living so close to the city. We don’t know if we’re going to be here two years or 5 or 6 more. It really just depends, so we’ll embrace it while we have it just a few minutes away.
3. Fall Festivals
Is it just my area of the country or are there a ton of fall festivals going on right now? I saw lots of opportunities for kids to have face painting and take part in other fall themed activities like pumpkin carving and crafts. It seemed like a cute way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
4. Camping & Hiking
The one and only time I went camping was when we lived in Virginia. We went at the very end of fall, and of course it was the first time the weather dropped below freezing at night. I was a trooper though and actually really enjoyed it. (I was in charge of collecting leaves – a very official and important duty.)
We want to go camping more when the babies are older. There are so many beautiful places to explore, and I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy their surroundings. Hiking is free. Nature is free. Let’s embrace it!
What other types of frugal fall activities will you be doing this season?