Frugal Feature: How To Make The Most of Summer 2021

July 15, 2021

This frugal feature was provided by a contributor. 


Summer is a season for fun in the sun, making memories, and going on exciting excursions. But we all need a little help deciding what to do and how to make the most of each day from time to time. Emerging from 2020, many people are wondering how to make up for lost time as the world opens back up, and wants to do so safely. Since the word broke that the world is starting to emerge from its gloomy, bleak lockdown and into a new world of picnics, pubs, and possibilities, it appears like everyone is now looking to have as much fun as possible, including playing fun games.


Isn’t there something about summer that brings out the best in us? Well, those sun-drenched, warm-breeze days are returned (thank God), and you’ll be seeking enjoyable summer activities and things to do. Aside from sunbathing and having the sand flow between your toes (if you’re lucky enough to be at the beach), there are a few other enjoyable summer bucket list items to consider. So, let’s take a look at some of the things you could be doing which you may not have considered.


Walk or Hike


Suppose you can’t find a free walking tour in your city. In that case, you may easily map out some landmarks and interesting sites in your neighbourhood with intriguing history to visit. Even the tiniest villages have hidden gems if you grab a companion and go exploring. Also, make the most of the weather by visiting national and state parks or even a neighborhood path.

Find hidden gems in your town to hike to and see them! It’s effortless to come across a stunning location that you never expected to find. It may be a short drive or, if you’re lucky, not too far away! Find a nature walk with a fantastic lookout or even a waterfall; the most beautiful places we discover are sometimes right in front of us.

Try New Food


After being stuck inside for so long, shouldn’t we all be trying new things? Do you like raw oysters, escargot, or frog’s legs? Perhaps you’ve never had sushi, which is a basic Japanese dish. Consider all of the things you haven’t tried yet (for some exciting ideas, go to an Asian market!), and then go out and try something new. You never know; you might come upon some exquisite delicacies that you would never have heard of if you hadn’t been willing to try new foods.


Ice Cream Tour


Nothing says summer like a tasty sweet treat to cool you down; perhaps you already have a favourite ice cream parlour, but why not branch out and try something new? Make finding the best ice cream in town a priority! So get in the car with your pals and a list of destinations, or if you can’t eat too many ice creams in one day, make it a summer goal to try somewhere new every time you crave one.


Pop Up Cinema


Restaurant residencies and city pop-ups have proven hugely popular in recent years, but what about pop-up cinema? To put it bluntly, it’s awe-inspiring. Most cities have some very unique pop-up movie game, from giant screens under the stars to rooftop film events, immersive screenings to intimate city theaters, so why not find your local pop up?


Host a Cooking Contest


Call up your buddies and challenge them to a bake-off on those overcast and wet summer days. Make it challenging by only allowing you to utilize ingredients you already have on hand or allowing everyone to go grocery shopping simultaneously. Regardless of whether you win or lose, you will receive a delectable gift.


Grow a Herb Garden


Gardening is a lot of fun, and producing your own herbs is a terrific way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and is proven to reduce stress levels, increase vitamin D levels and can be a helpful skill to develop.  Additionally, if you’re on a budget, you can repurpose old containers or dress up existing flower beds with new life.  Your container for planting can be anything from a wooden crate to a mason jar to an old tire, and you don’t need much space.  If you’re looking for creative container gardening ideas, there are loads of them on Pinterest. 


Purchase a herb starter kit for a simple solution. Often, the Dollar Spot at Target will have herb starter kits- which makes it easy by providing everything you need to grow five organic favorites: basil, thyme, parsley, sage, and cilantro. You can also pick up some seeds for cheap at the local garden store, and for under $10 with some patience you can have an excellent patio or windowsill garden.


Road Trip


Summer is the perfect season for road trips, with little weather and plenty of positive sentiments. So get in the car with your greatest pals, fill up on petrol, and go! Find places to stop and explore, and make the most of any opportunity you come across. Nothing beats a road trip for a nice summer vacation, whether you drive for an hour or a couple of hours.

Summer goes by faster than we imagine, and having lots to do instead of sitting about for the entire time is a terrific way to make the most of it. So make as many plans as you can to create incredible moments that you will never forget this summer; with this list, you will undoubtedly be able to make it one to remember.


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