Memorial Day Ideas
If you don’t already have plans for Memorial Day weekend, it isn’t too late to make them. It’s the first three-day weekend of summer! Here are some frugal tips to help you enjoy the weekend ahead.
Check your local newspaper for any events this weekend. Most cities also have websites dedicated to promoting local events and activities. If you’re close to Washington D.C., there are many free and inexpensive events related to the history of Memorial Day.
Camping in a nearby state or national park is inexpensive if you already have gear. Some parks have discounted rates for Memorial Day weekend. An alternative to visiting a park is to camp in your own backyard. This works especially well if you have little ones.
By the end of May, temperatures are warm enough to go swimming. Even if you aren’t near a beach or lake, community swimming pools offer a frugal afternoon of fun. Tubing a river or going to a tubing park is also fun for the whole family.
Rent some of your favorite movies from Netflix or Redbox and settle in for a movie marathon. You can find Redbox codes for free rentals at Inside Redbox or Giving Assistant. To make it even more authentic, grab some popcorn and movie theater candy at your grocery store.
Visit Your Library
Libraries often have free activities for children on the weekends and should have something planned for Memorial Day weekend. Maybe you can meet a famous author, or hear a reading from a new bestseller.
Shop for Bargains
Memorial Day weekend brings summer dreams but also kick-starts summer savings. Spend your three-day weekend saving money while getting the things your family needs. In Texas this weekend there is an Energy Star® tax-free weekend, and it includes many outdoor items like plants. I plan to take advantage of the savings and spend some time in my yard sprucing it up.
Go to a Museum
Many history museums are offering free or discounted admission this Memorial Day weekend. Take your family to learn about the history of our country and the story of Memorial Day.
Have a Picnic
Whether you take your family to a park, a river or your own backyard, bring a picnic basket and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring a blanket, a few books and don’t forget the bug spray if the mosquitoes are out already where you are.
Lower Your Bills
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