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You Can Have Summer Fun and Still Save Money

Published: July 9, 2018 | Updated: January 13, 2019

When summertime comes, it seems like there are endless fun things to do. But while you have fun, you still have to take care of the adult things, like paying down your student loans and keeping up with your regular bills. But don’t worry. There are lots of ways you can have fun this summer and still save money.



1) Take Advantage of Matinee Movie Prices

Movie theaters are a great place to go to cool off and be entertained in the summer. Afternoon shows get you out of the heat and often cost less an evening showing. You can bring your own snacks—if the theater allows it—or make sure to eat before you go. An early lunch and afternoon show! Fun you can afford.


2) Barbecue Instead of Eating Out

Cookouts are a summertime staple that let you enjoy good food, the outdoors, and the company of friends. Get together with a group and have each person contribute a part of the meal to keep costs down and spend less than if you went to a restaurant. If you don’t own a barbecue, take the fun to a local park that has charcoal grills you can use for free.


3) Head to the Library

Libraries are a great place to hang out in the summer because you can get out of the heat and pick up books or movies, or use a computer for free. Check out your library’s schedule of events too. Most offer free events for kids and adults all year, along with summer reading programs.


4) Go to Museums on Free Days

Did you know that many museums host monthly days where they waive admission fees? Go online and look up the free days for your favorite museum or one you’ve never been to. You can also check with your library about museum passes. Many libraries partner with museums to offer discounted or free passes.


5) Get Outside!

You have probably waited several months for sunny days and warm weather, so enjoy it! You can hike trails, swim or fish for little to no cost. Look up your state or local parks department online to find out where you can enjoy the activities you love. And don’t be afraid to try something different.


6) Sleep Under the Stars

Going out of town doesn’t have to be expensive. You can grab a tent and other camping supplies (borrow from a friend if you don’t have any!) and hit the road. Visit a favorite location or try one that’s completely new to you. There are lots to choose from, whether you want facilities and showers nearby or choose to drop into the middle of nowhere. Camping site rentals are very affordable; some are even free. That’s way cheaper than a hotel room! As a bonus, you can bring snacks and food to cook over an open fire or barbeque so you don’t have to spend money dining out.


7) Enjoy Free Community Events

It’s totally possible to have free fun close to home. Head over to your community’s website and check out its calendar of events. Many communities host free events in the summer like movies or music in the park, parades, fireworks and street fairs. It’s fun, it for you, and it’s FREE!


At Charter College, we know how hard you work but we also know it’s important to have some fun. That’s why we like to share tips on how to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. Do you have any tips of your own? Let us know.