Memorial Day weekend is coming up and that means we can sleep in on Monday, get caught up on life and spend some extra time with friends and family. While long weekends are great, you should be careful about how you spend this extra time away from work. Rather than maxing out your credit card chasing deals at those big annual Memorial Day sales events, try taking a break from it all this year; a break from work, a break from chores and yes, a break from spending. Here’s 4 ideas to have a fun “no-spend” Memorial Day weekend:
With spring in full swing, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to throw a backyard barbeque with friends and family. The weather is usually perfect, everyone’s off from work and the vibe just feels right. Barbeques are pretty low-cost to begin with, and if everybody contributes to the meal in some way, it could cost you next to nothing.
Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to give yourself a nice 3-day break from everything. If you’re trying to save money, going out won’t do you any good because whenever we leave the house, we usually spend money. So why not stay in? Being a homebody has its rewards. It’s relaxing, it saves money and you can take the time to really enjoy your living space without any outside interruptions.
Camping is always a fun activity for this time of year. It’s also a something the whole family can enjoy together that doesn’t cost a thing if you already have the camping gear you need. Because it’s a 3-day weekend, a lot of folks pick Memorial Day weekend to hit the campgrounds and spend a little one-on-one time with nature. Instead of heading out to these crowded destinations where you’ll probably be charged a fee to set up camp, why not rough it at home instead? Set up a few tents in the backyard and make s’mores with the family. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s camping!
If you live by the water, the beach is a perfect Memorial Day destination. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks and head out to the sandy shores for some free fun in the sun. It doesn’t get much more relaxing than that!
Having a fun 3-day weekend doesn’t always have to be about spending money. Though hitting the stores and mall outlets for those big Memorial Day savings events can be quite tempting, it’s not going to do your finances any good. In fact, most of the things you might buy over Memorial Day weekend are things you probably don’t really need. To avoid having to reach out for a cash advance in the future, use these 4 ideas to take the “no-spend” challenge this Memorial Day weekend.