Frugal fun in the summer sun

June! What a beautiful word!

Summer is nearly here and the weather is getting nicer and nicer by the day. It seems like people smile more when the weather is nice, doesn’t it?

Your neighbor stops to talk to you when he returns home from work instead of running into his home to escape the bitter cold. Walking the dog outside is something that you look forward to. And you start pulling out the necessities for summer fun – bikes, baseball gloves, inner tubes and roller blades.

But, the good weather also brings more opportunities to spend your hard earned money. Your friends call you to hang out more and the late setting sun encourages you to get out of the house and enjoy yourself.

It’s important to take advantage of the good weather (because we know it won’t last), but you should also not ignore your commitment to your budget.

So, here are a few ways you can enjoy yourself while staying true to your frugal mindset –

· Walk into history – Most Canadian cities are brimming with history that you may be unaware of. Do some research on the internet and look for historical landmarks in your town. It may be where a battle of the War of 1812 took place, a 200-year old church, or the childhood home of a well-known Canadian. History is all around us so get out there and enjoy it!

· Badminton – Who doesn’t love this sport? It’s easy, fun and requires little equipment to play. You probably have a couple of rackets laying around somewhere but if you don’t, you can get everything you need for less than $20 at Canadian Tire. Set up the net on your front lawn and before long, you’ll be having a neighbourhood tournament. And, best of all, it will help to get you in shape which will come in handy at….

· The beach/the pool/the splash pad – Canada has the most fresh water of any country in the world. That means there are ample bodies of water to cool off from the summer heat. But, even if there’s no beach nearby, most communities have public pools or splash pads. For a few dollars, or maybe nothing at all, you’ll be able to have a great time out in the sun. But, if you don’t feel like leaving your home, the sprinkler has provided water-based entertainment since the beginning of time (or since when it was invented in 1891).

· Gardening – It’s not too late to get out in your backyard and start planting a garden. Get some seeds for azaleas, petunias or anything else that captures your eye and start getting dirty. Planting seeds will get you out in the sun and provide you with months of enjoyment as you watch your hard work turn into a beautiful garden you can show off to your friends.

Theses are just some of the great ways you can enjoy the beginning of summer. It doesn’t take a lot of money to take advantage of the good weather, just some creativity. Now, stop reading and go outside!

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