Summer on a Budget

Summer is finally here! I have never been so excited for summer than I have been this year. There are so many things I want to do, but unfortunately my funds are a little low, and with some upcoming expenses, I will need to pinch my pennies. Here are some of the ways I’m planning to enjoy my summer even on a low budget.


Living in Boulder County means that a good hiking trail is only 20-30 minutes away. The only things you need are decent shoes, water and snacks, sunscreen, and maybe a backpack. Invite a friend, pack a lunch and you have yourself a hike and a picnic.

Coffee and a Stroll

Warmer weather not only makes me want to be outdoors, but it also makes me want to explore the city; try new restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. To keep the tab low, share appetizers with friends, or try to find specials or happy hours. One of my favorite things is to grab a coffee and stroll around parts of the city I’ve never been to.

Facebook Freebies

Recently, I discovered the power of the Facebook events page. New events are being posted every day and the great thing is that a lot of them are free. You can look up events according to city, time frame; it shows what events your friends have liked.

Party at the Park

All you need is a group of people who want to have fun and a volleyball net or a soccer ball, and you can have yourself a party at the park! Disc golf can also be a great option for a group of people, and most courses are free.

Movie Marathon

When the heat gets to be too much, invite some friends over for a movie, or Netflix marathon. Pick a theme and have everyone bring a snack to share. If people would rather hangout, grab some Cards Against Humanity or a favorite board game.


All you need is money for gas, a car (of course), and a spirit for adventure. Map something out ahead of time, or top off the gas tank and see where the road takes you. Take a cooler full of food and stop at a scenic spot for a picnic or see what restaurants are along the way and try something new.


Lately, I have been really burned out from life for a variety of reasons. I think summer can be one of the best times to be in the moment and slow down; turn off the phone and go for a hike or lay in the sun. I find reading and reflection, or just sitting out on the porch with a beer helps me to recharge.

No matter what your summer brings, I hope you have time to explore, adventure, relax, and spend time with those you love.


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