35 Cheap Activities to Try this Summer

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Hello, summer! It is I, list lover extraordinaire and sunshine enthusiast. This year I am coming full force at the summer season with a list of things I wish to accomplish, new things I want to try and experiences I want to have. Join me on the adventure and try out some of the items on this list for yourself this summer season. Stay active, stay positive, and make the most of this the most glorious season of the year!


1. Save money

That’s right! Save money this summer. Check out yard sales, buy second hand, cut down on groceries and do more free activities. Make this fun by setting a goal for yourself to achieve by the end of the summer. The items on this list will help, as most of them are free of charge.


2. Check out a farmers market


3. Go swimming outdoors


4. Check out a music festival


5. Picnic


6. Road trip


7. Camping trip


8. Learn a new skill

Learn a new language, to draw, a new recipe. Let the sun inspire.


9. Read all afternoon in the park


10. Beach fire


11. Walk or Bike to work

Of course this only really applies if you live within walking or biking distance to work.ย Alternatively you could add an after supper stroll to your evening routine during the summer months if you are looking to add more activity to your daily life.


12. Go on as many hikes as possible


13. Pick berries


14. Have an ice cream date


15. Beach day with friends

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16. Stargaze


17. Go fishing


18. Grab brunch with a friend


19. Try and stick to a new workout routine


20. Play an outdoor game

Soccer, football, frisbee, mini golf, tennis, bocce… and the list can go on. Lets try at least one!


21. Meditate


22. Wash your car


23. Do yoga


24. Have a yard or garage sale


25. Try gardening


26. Plant a tree


27. Feed the ducks


28. Do a brewery tour


29. Have drinks on a deck


30. Watch aย summer sunrise


31. Volunteer for a charity or donate


32. Paint a beautiful landscape


33. Sleep or take a nap outside


34. Go canoeing


35. Try a Summer craft




What are some activities you will be trying this summer? Stay in touch by checking out ScaleSimple on Facebook. Cheers!

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  1. the happiest pixel | 1st Jun 16

    Great activities!! I love reading, picnic and sleeping outdoors… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tony Burgess | 1st Jun 16

    I work for a blood bank and donating blood this time of year is a great way to donate and volunteer. Getting drinks with someone special is always good.

  3. Lynette Barbieri | 1st Jun 16

    This is awesome! I talk about having fun on a tight budget all the time! Going out does not have to cost a lot of money at all!

    • StephJ | 1st Jun 16

      Yes so true. There is always a lot of things to do that are free of charge, especially during the summer.

  4. fromdreamtoplan | 1st Jun 16

    Love this list!!

  5. malnicole13 | 1st Jun 16

    I love this list! It’s great to get away from technology and be one with nature.

  6. lakeafton | 1st Jun 16

    Looks like a full schedule. Have fun.

  7. msw blog | 5th Jun 16

    Great list. Feel free to check out mine. https://reallifeofanmsw.com/2016/05/17/1325/

  8. Louise | 6th Jun 16

    Reading all day at the park. SOLD! And stargazing. Want to do that with the girls this year!

    • StephJ | 6th Jun 16

      Stargazing is definitely on the top of my list ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay Summer!

  9. Grandtrines | 7th Jun 16

    Reblogged this on Still Another Writer's Blog.

  10. Briana Marie | 9th Jun 16

    I will definitely be adding a few of these to my Summer To-Do list. Thanks for sharing!

    • StephJ | 9th Jun 16

      Awesome! Thank you for reading!

  11. wordwile | 15th Jun 16

    Totally gonna do at least 3/4 of those things this summer! Yay for the great outdoors!

  12. Grenzroots | 15th Jun 17

    Thanks for the ideas,thinking about trying some especially the gardening and the ice cream date..
    There’s just so many to try! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • StephJ | 15th Jun 17

      Yes! Looking to make the most of summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Diana Frajman | 15th Jun 17

    After reading this list, I am really getting excited for summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Lulu @ Thousand Caminos | 15th Jun 17

    First these are great ideas! Half of them can be done in my city, they will be good date night ideas! Second, the photos are awesome :p

    • StephJ | 15th Jun 17

      Thank you! I hope you feel some summer inspiration!

  15. nicolepapageorge | 15th Jun 17

    these are all fantastic ideas!! I love the photos too!!

  16. caffeinatedcarly | 15th Jun 17

    Awesome list! The best part about summer is the fact that there is SO much to do outdoors, without spending a lot of money! My husband and I love going on dates, but are trying to save as much money as possible since we just bought a house! Adding these to our “summer list.”

    • StephJ | 15th Jun 17

      I agree. The best thing about these types of activities is that they are often better experiences than money ones.

  17. Sondra Barker | 15th Jun 17

    These are some great ideas, I like the idea of learning something new.

  18. positivelifestylelc | 15th Jun 17

    I love all of your ideas! I would save money but Im not the best at it lol I love sitting outside though in the evenings and have a cold drink!

    • StephJ | 16th Jun 17

      yes that is so nice! The only problem here is the flies LOL

  19. Kait Around The Kingdom | 16th Jun 17

    My hubby and I are definitely saving money this summer! I’m dying to go to the beach though, only a few more weeks!

    • StephJ | 16th Jun 17

      I would love to spend some time at the beach!

  20. royaltyinreality | 16th Jun 17

    This is an awesome list. Summer hasn’t officially started yet and we’ve already had a summer bonfire (we do t gave a beach) and car washing has becoming routine!

  21. โค TheMrsTee ๐Ÿ‘“ (@themrstee) | 17th Jun 17

    Such great ideas!! Wo says having a great summer has to be expensive? You’ve definitely proved fun doesn’t have to mean spending a bunch!

  22. Befitting Style | 19th Jun 17

    I love picnicing in the summer! It’s so much fun and a gret way to spend time with friends.

    • stephaniewp | 26th Jun 17

      It is! Minus the bugs o course ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Diana Frajman | 6th Jul 17

    Great ideas. We sometimes forget about the simple pleasures of summer. I’ve added a few of these to my mental summer bucket list. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • stephaniewp | 6th Jul 17

      Awesome! I hope you have a wonderful summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Gabe Burkhardt | 6th Jul 17

    Great list and totally doable. Love the photos as well.

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