Inside: Discover how easy it is to save money by having a no-spend weekend this fall.
An oh-so-hot summer is done and the crisp, cool days have returned. This means it’s the perfect time to go out and enjoy the weather and save money with a no-spend weekend this fall.
You might think it’s hard to not spend any money for a weekend, but it isn’t. It is actually quite easy.
There is a little prep work involved.
Before going into your weekend, have your meals planned out in advance. Also, think about what you want to do during the weekend. A bit of preparation keeps boredom at bay. Check your community calendar and talk to the kids or your partner to come up with ideas.
It might be surprising how easy and fun this weekend is! To help, I’ve come up with a list of 15 ideas you and your family can do on this no-spend weekend.
1. Go for hike
Autumn is the perfect time for a hike in the woods or at your local arboretum. With all the leaves changing color, it is a beautiful sight. Kids might also have fun collecting a few leaves to press later at home.
Why wait until spring to clean house? Take time in the fall to purge unwanted or unneeded items from your home. Take items to the local donation center, consignment shop, or sell online for a bit of extra cash.
Oooh, not only are you not spending money, you could be making money!
3. Play games
How long has it been since you’ve played card games or board games at home? Dig out some oldies or new favorites, set out some snacks, and play games for some simple family fun.
4. Read a book
If it is a bit too chilly or wet to want to go outside, then it is a perfect time to curl up with a good book. You can also find some new books to read aloud to your child. Think they are too old for that? We read aloud to our children until they finally asked us to stop at about age 11. Scholastic has a great list of read-aloud options.
The weekend is a good time to do some baking, and kids love to help. Show them how to bake bread or make some treats such as muffins or cookies.
6. Go to the library
You can check out your local library for new books, movies, and music. They may even have free events over the weekend for families.
Fall is a good time to clean up the garden and add a new layer of compost. You can also plant spring bulbs before the ground freezes.
8. Go to a pumpkin patch
If you have kids (or even if you don’t), visiting a pumpkin patch can be a lot of fun. Some offer tractor rides and corn mazes for even more fun.
9. Winterize the home
10. Learn a new skill
Want to learn a new skill? Practice this weekend and learn to take better photos, learn to knit or even refinish furniture. There are tutorials all over YouTube, Instructables or using books from your local library.
11. Plan your menu
Do you know what you will be eating for the next week or month? Take time to meal plan. You can even get the kids’ input about meals they want to eat.
12. Visit a farmers market
Check out the local farmers market for activities and see what is in season. Many also have live music playing for the duration, so grab a seat and listen to the local talent.
13. Carve pumpkins
If you have pumpkins, choose a design and carve them. You could choose your basic eyes and toothy grin, paint rather than cutting your pumpkin, or choose a more intricate design to carve. If you need ideas, Pumpkin Lady has a large pattern selection.
14. Bike ride
Dig out your bike (or rent one) and take a ride on local paths or through your neighborhood. You can even encourage the kids to ride their bikes with you to the local playground for added fun.
15. Make a bird feeder
Gather materials from around the house to make a bird feeder. The kids can help and you’ll get to watch birds feed through the winter. Birds & Blooms has a wide variety of DIY bird feeder plans.
The past few weekends, we’ve done yard work, gone to soccer games, played board games, gone to potlucks, and more.
Relax and enjoy your no-spend weekend with those you care about. Have some fun!
What do you like to do on a no-spend weekend?