Fall is such a gorgeous time of year- the colors, the scents, and of course- the relief from the searing hot weather of summer! Most of us relish in the new season, so, before it gets cold (since I capital letters HATE winters) get out there and live it up this fall with some fun and frugal ideas to enjoy the fall season!
Here are some of my favorite ideas to have a fun and frugal fall:
– Discover a new trail in your area to discover the fall color, bring your camera!
– Bonfires + Marshmallows: S’mores aren’t just for summer! Enjoy the warmth of the fire and gooey goodness over an open flame.
– Make your own pumpkin spice coffee (pumpkin spice creamers & beans are much cheaper than lattes!)
– Spice up your beauty routine: experiment with nail polish shades, liquid eyeliner and smoky colors to prepare your Halloween look.
– Find a local pumpkin patch (helpful directory here or use Google!) for a fun day and stock up on fall foods.
– Bake squash: My favorite is acorn squash, cut in half, remove seeds, add a spoonful of brown sugar and butter- bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until soft and brown. (Eat it with a spoon in a bowl, mashing the sugar and butter around within the skin.)
– Put pumpkin spice in everything- in waffle mix, on cinnamon rolls and in your morning shakes. Cheap & delicious.
– Tailgate like there’s no tomorrow. If you’re far from a game, have people over to watch a game, potluck style.
– Savor pumpkin ales. Pumpkin ales are phenomenon, support local breweries by shopping at your local supermarket to have have a “tasting party” or visit their location to take a free tour and sip.
– Start your Christmas gifts! If you’re a crafter, start on your scarves and your handmade projects outside while the weather is still good for painting, sanding, dyeing and assembling.
– Have a fall photo shoot. Capture the color of the falling leaves by using it as a playful backdrop for a family photo. Invest in a cheap camera remote so the whole family can be in the picture!
– Decorate and craft with pine cones, leaves and acorns- great for tablescapes, vase fillers and kid-friendly bird feeder crafts.
– Knit a scarf or crochet a hat. I’m a horrible knitter but making a rectangle with cheap yarn or odds ‘n ends of existing yarn for a patchwork look is easy. Crocheting a circle for a hat= also super easy. Add a ribbon bow or vintage brooch and you have instant fall fashion!
– Go thrifting for decorations. I found brand new items from last year’s Target inventory with tags still on for 1/4 the price including Halloween socks, LED decorations, candy bowls, stuffed toys and dog costumes!