Although summer seems to keep on going this year in most parts of the country, with extended summer-like temperatures, it is fall. And fall means a special kind of frugal fall fun. Here are some frugal ideas on how to get out there and embrace this colourful season with your family and have some fall fun:
The best outings are the ones that are free, fun and that you get to come home with loot. Fill up your bucket with apples- and don’t forget to visit the bakery on the way out.
Seek out local orchards. Many have lots of extra activities that let you make a whole day of the apple picking, like wagon rides, face painting and pony rides.
Those corn stalks have been growing all summer, and now is your chance for you and your family to chase each other through them. Many communities have corn mazes in their outlying areas and are very inexpensive.
Every agricultural community worth its salt rolls out the welcome mat to promote its local product and produce at area fall fairs. Think midways, fair food (funnel cake anyone) and live music (looking for a band you loved in the 80s? Chances are they are playing a fall fair near you).
The rake and jump
Raking leaves is pretty much the only household chore that my kids have done willingly ever. And that, I believe is because of the opportunity to jump in the piles of leaves as you are doing them (with the condition that you re-rake afterwards, of course).
It’s fun. It’s free and it is actually helpful.
This is the perfect time of year to take the family for a stroll through the woods, your local park or conservation area. Bugs are less; the sun is warm during the day and the turning leaves make for a beautiful backdrop.
Pack a picnic and make a day of it.