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10 (Nearly) Free Things To Do This Summer

"Fun" doesn't have to be expensive! Save this list of fun things to do on a budget this summer. ☀️  ?

We have 10 years to be in our twenties. That’s it.

While that seems like a long time, if we aren’t intentional about what to do during that time, it will quickly slip away from us, and we may end up with regrets.

This is the time to create the life you want. But how can we balance out doing fun, memorable things with working to achieve financial goals?

While I want to have a fun time, a part of creating and having the life I want includes working to have financial freedom.

There are a lot of ways to have fun on a budget. Many of these things are extremely low-cost and even free!

  • Local events: What events are happening in your town (or one close by) that are free or inexpensive? This is a nice way to do something fun, but also learn more about what is happening in your city. Go to your city’s website or Google to find out what events are happening nearby.
  • House parties: This is a great way to have fun on a budget! Invite a few friends over or choose someone else’s place and have a themed party. You can do karaoke, a game night or a movie night. Host it as a potluck so that everyone brings something, and no one person has to spend a lot of money. Here are some parties to host in your twenties.
  • Join or start a book club: Book clubs can be a lot of fun. Do this in the form of a potluck as well to save on expenses. You can decide to borrow the book from the library as a way of saving money.
  • Run a fun 5K: There are a lot of non-traditional 5ks that you can run. I have done a color run, but head to Google to find a few close to where you live–here are some of our suggestions.
  • Tour a vineyard, brewery or do a wine tasting: While these will likely have an expense associated with them, morel likely than not, you’ll be able to find a local winery with an inexpensive tasting fee. This can be a fun event to do with a few girlfriends on a weekend!
  • Outdoor activities: There are tons of outdoor activities you can do that are fun and free.Where you live will open up the options you have, like:
    • Going for a hike
    • Going on a bike ride
    • Having a lake or beach day
    • Having an outdoor picnic at a local park

Don’t forget to try to incorporate fun money into your budget. I am a huge proponent of having a budget, but make sure you set aside some money for fun things as well. This will allow you to actually do the things listed above.

The biggest thing I want you all to take away is this: find ways to have fun within your means, whatever that looks like for you. Whether that means doing a lot of small, insanely fun things or if it means saving up and doing a handful of insanely fun things over the course of a year.

Decide what you want to do and what will make your life enjoyable, and do those things!

What fun things do you guys already do on a budget? The GenTwenty team would love to know!

About the Author

Jessica Sharp

Jessica Sharp is passionate about empowering underserved and minority communities, diverse representation, and brain education. Jessica is the Founder and Chief Educator of Sharp Brain Consulting which works with public service agencies to provide education about the brain and its effect on organizational outcomes. Additionally, she is on the leadership team of Meals on Wheels in her town of Greenville, SC. She is completing a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri. Upon her completion, she will attend William James College to obtain a Doctorate of Psychology. Follow her on twitter at @sharpjes.


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