How to Save Money This Summer

30 Things To Do In The Summer For Free/Cheap

    Save Your Money with These Cheap Ideas
  1. Go to the beach.
  2. Take your dog to the park.
  3. Play some Frisbee with friends.
  4. Lay out in your back/front yard with a stereo, sunblock, water spritzer, and a towel or sheet.
  5. Pack a lunch and go on a hike with your best friends. Pick somewhere that you have never been before but make sure it's safe and that you tell an outsider exactly where you’re going just in case anything happens.
  6. Do some gardening and if you don't have garden space try growing a cool plant near your window.
  7. Wash your car/bike.
  8. Wash your house and get that slime from winter off your front stairs.
  9. Go window shopping with your best friend.
  10. Buy a blow up pool and relax in it in the sun with big hat and a wine cooler. Get your stereo out or a good book and work on your healthy tan.
  11. Pick berries at your local U-Pick farm or do some careful researching on local berries and go in the bushes with a huge basket and pick your own.
  12. Go and watch the sunset at a park. You might meet some nice new people to hang out with.
  13. Give yourself a pedicure/manicure outside while reading the gossip magazines.
  14. Watch some of those movies that you bought from the sale bin at Walmart that you've never seen.
  15. Call one of your relatives that you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  16. Go for a bike ride around your neighborhood.
  17. With your newly manicured nails write some poetry or start a diary.
  18. Clean your house.
  19. Get rid of some belongings. Those jeans that don’t fit you anymore that you have been keeping will never fit and by the time they do they will be out of style. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last two years.
  20. Start a scrap book of your favorite clippings from magazines and family photos.
  21. Play sports with your friends. Tennis and volleyball are excellent ways to get fit and look hot in that bikini/board shorts.
  22. Go to the local gym. Work out in the air conditioned room for a while watching TV and getting fit at the same time.
  23. Sign up to and make a video about yourself and what you have done this summer. You need to have a web cam but you can buy them relatively cheap at Staples.
  24. Start to write your life story. I know it seems like an outrageous task now but once you get started you may really enjoy it.
  25. Make a friendship bracelet with yarn or beads and send it to your best friend.
  26. Hang out with your parents/relatives.
  27. Have a pot-luck party to save some money and try new things. Ask your guests to bring copies of the recipes to distribute to your guests. Buy some cheap note pads so that they can make their own new recipe books.
  28. Start planning a cocktail party. Ask each friend that you invite to bring over a different kind of alcohol/juice/pop to make new drinks. Print out some drink recipes and test them out.
  29. Throw a wine and cheese party. To keep the cost low as everyone to bring their favorite wine and cheese. Supply the appetizers and get some plates/cutlery from the dollar store.
  30. Go to garage sales. There are tons of goodies that you can buy. Buy some piece of furniture that needs some extra TLC and refinish it. It could be your summer project!
Summer Drink for Cheap


  1. Great Site Leslie.
    I too was so saddened by what happened to our city. I went downtown today (Saturday) and was so proud of how we are managing to overcome that horrible event that took place. There was a free breakfast and music on Granville Street outside of The Bay. Volunteers and police officers serving up pancakes and dancing to the music. WOW - I almost cried as I watched the true spirit of this great city come alive. Well done Vancouver! This is THE GREATEST CITY ON THE PLANET.

  2. Hi Glen,

    Thank you for your comment! I love Vancouver too! What a great way to come together after such a tragedy.

    Love Leslie