30 Summer Bucket List Items You Can Do On A Budget

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Lately, it seems that if you’re not looking to spend a ton of money, your options for a fun time are extremely limited.

Summer is designed to be a season for making memories. Why should we have to put a price on fun? Why do we have to pay for a good experience? The answer is: you don’t!

There’s plenty of low-cost activities to do when boredom’s getting the best of you. Turn off Netflix, get off the couch and make this Summer epic with our 30 Bucket List ideas. You don’t need to be a millionaire to have a good time.

 

1. Complete a puzzle

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You can even customize your own puzzle at Shutterfly with an image of your choice!

2. Have a picnic

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Wine, cheese, crackers and fruit make for a great combination on a sunny day.

3. Go to a farmers market

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The freshest fruits, vegetables and gourmet foods are always found here.

4. Draw with sidewalk chalk

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Bring back childhood memories with a game of hop-scotch.

5. Create your own slip-n-slide

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All you need is a hose, a tarp and a hill. Boom. You’ve got yourself a game of endless fun.

6. Have a water balloon fight

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Is this ever not a good idea? You can even set up an obstacle course with outdoor patio furniture. Whoever makes it through start to finish without getting hit, wins.

7. Create the ultimate summer playlist

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You know how a song can instantly remind you of a specific moment or event? Create an epic playlist that will forever bring back the memories made this summer.

8. Make cocktail popsicles

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Yes, vodka popsicles do in fact exist. Find out how to make them here.

9. Camp out in the backyard

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Set up a roomy tent with cozy blankets and have a slumber party outdoors.

10. Pull an all-nighter

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Stay up until it’s light out for a change. Being awake at the quiet hours before dawn is sometimes a little surreal.

11. Watch the sunrise at 5 different locations

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While everyone else is sleeping, you’ll get the view of a lifetime. Bring a camera along for these trips.

12. Create and bury a time capsule

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Put a few small, meaningful objects in a box and bury it. Mark its location and make plans and set a date to dig this box up in the future.

13. Make a photo album of Polaroid pictures

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Polaroids are a timeless way to capture the greatest memories. They’re vintage look is even cooler now!

14. Go to a haunted place at night

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Wherever you live, you’re bound to be in close range of at least one location that’s said to be haunted. Grab your friends and check it out for a spooky experience.

15. Go on a hike

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Hikes are therapeutic, scenic and healthy. Can you beat that combo?

16. Have a bonfire

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Don’t forget the s’mores!

17. Stargaze

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On a clear night, there’s nothing like lying on a blanket and looking up at a starry atmosphere. Bring some wine!

18. Throw a homemade pizza night

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Mix it up a little and opt for a homemade pizza night instead of takeout. Grab your favorite toppings at the grocery store and create to your liking!

19. Plant a garden

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There’s nothing like fresh vegetables and beautifully grown flowers from a masterpiece you created yourself! We can help you get started!

20. Watch a baseball game

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Beer, hot dogs and pro-athletes in the summer time. Yes please!

21. Try a new DIY craft

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You can make something that’s truly one of a kind! Here’s an idea!

22. Visit the Aquarium

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A shark sighting is really fun when you’re separated by glass!

23. Build a sandcastle

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You can even have a competition. Enlist one of your friends to be the judge and create an intense sand mansion.

24. Throw a house party

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Sometimes all you need is great friends and great music.

25. Finish a book

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Get off the internet and head to your local bookstore. Reading is good for the brain and the soul. A good book can make you want to read another, and another…and another…

26. Have a stay-at-home spa day

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You don’t need to be a big spender to pamper yourself!

27. Go to a carnival or state fair

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If you’re looking for a little thrill, some good food and a contagiously happy atmosphere, you’ll want to check out the closest fair or carnival in your area.

28. Go thrift shopping

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A good find can really make your day.

29. Dance in the rain

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Step out in stormy weather and leave your umbrella behind. You’ll never feel bad after a solid session of rain-dancing.

30. Write a letter to your future self

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What would you say to yourself 10 years from now? What would you want to look back on? Write a letter to yourself in the future and keep it tucked away someplace safe.

 

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