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Fall Fun on a Budget

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On September 15, 2010 No Comments
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Around the country people look forward to autumn. Maybe it’s the cooler weather. Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves or the flocks of geese flying to warmer destinations. Or maybe it’s the other things associated with fall like back to school, football, Labor Day and apples. Whatever the reason, getting outside during the fall season is almost a must.

Here are five ways to enjoy the cool fall days on a budget.

#1 Go on a color tour. Hike in the wilderness or take a drive to the most scenic area near you. Enjoying the fall color is one of the many perks of autumn and it’s 100% free. If you want to spice up the day, bring your camera, pack a lunch or just a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers. Enjoying the colors of autumn can be extremely enjoyable and extremely cost effective.

#2 Hit the local fair. There are a number of fall fairs and festivals during the autumn months. A day at the fair can cost little and can be an enormous amount of fun.  Check back soon to see Eric and me at the Kennedy Center’s Open House Arts Festival “Celebrate Mexico 2010″. We had a blast.

#3 Rake leaves. Okay, this one may sound like a bit of work – and it is (and  I know some of you don’t even have leaves to rake)!  However, it’s more than worth it.  Don’t forget to grab your camera for this one. Rake the leaves into a huge pile and then invite your kids to jump in them. Don’t have children? Jump in yourself. It really is fun.

#4 Hit the orchard. The fall season in many areas is harvest season. That means apples, peaches and pears are ready to pick. Pumpkins are ripe on the vine and even beans and some berries are ready for picking. Visit your local orchard or “you pick it” site and have fun harvesting your own food. Many orchards have corn mazes, hay rides and of course tons of yummy food.

#5 Take advantage of an amusement park’s last days. Many amusement parks shorten their hours during the fall and they reduce their prices. This means they’re much more affordable and the lines are generally shorter. If you have a local amusement park, check out their fall rates.

Autumn is the perfect time for fun. There’s no lack of things to do. Hit a football game, visit an orchard or spend time at a local fair. And of course, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the fun.

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Frugally yours, Mary

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