6 Ideas for an Inexpensive Labor Day Weekend

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Labor Day weekend is often termed the last weekend of summer. And, if you have children, the school year is just getting started. So this is the last weekend to take in that one last breath of summer. Below are six inexpensive ways to celebrate the holiday weekend.

Host a potluck barbecue. Barbecues are one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Many people avoid BBQs because of the expense. You can do away with a lot of the cost while keeping most of the fun by hosting a potluck barbecue.

Dial up your friends, and have them bring a side dish and their favorite beverage. You can provide the meat. Fire up the grill, put on some festive music and enjoy a wonderful weekend with good friends.

Organize home improvement projects. If you’re a homeowner, you probably have a home improvement project that you’ve been meaning to complete. Use this weekend to take care of it.

That doesn’t mean you have to spend the weekend alone without having any fun. Get a few friends together, and share the projects. Do a project at one friend’s house on Saturday, another at a different house on Sunday and another on Monday. Have each friend host dinner at the end of each day.

This way, you’ll get a big home improvement project done at your home; spend three days with friends doing something fun and productive.

Visit your nearest state and national parks. Camping is another great way to spend a three-day weekend without breaking the bank. Spending a day at your nearest national or state park can be inexpensive. Just pack a picnic, head to the park to enjoy the natural beauty, take a hike or two, pitch a tent and build a campfire.

Catch a baseball game. Labor Day weekend is a great time to catch a baseball game. Some tickets can be inexpensive, and the teams often go the extra mile to entertain fans on a holiday weekend.

Have an outdoor-oriented staycation. Instead of going on an expensive trip, plan a three-day staycation. Treat the three days as a vacation, but instead of staying at a hotel, you stay at home. The goal is to visit interesting places near you.

Take a look at California’s tourism guide to see what places are within a few hours of where you live, and pick out a few to visit each day. Pack up a picnic meal or two, and head out each day to see what’s near you. This is a great time to check out outdoor attractions, as some may close after Labor Day.

Lose yourself in a new place. Many people go to a place they’re unfamiliar with. I recommend you just wander around to see what you can discover. You may end up eating at interesting places, visiting strange shops and educational museums, and finding something memorable.

If you do this, make sure you have your smartphone ready for pictures, as you’ll often find lots of things to capture. A bunch of pictures from a day spent wandering can make for a nice scrapbook or social media post.

A three-day weekend full of fun doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet. Take advantage of what’s around you, and you’ll have an enjoyable three days while still keeping your pocketbook intact.


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