The Frugal Weekender: Low-Cost and Free Events to Check Out



 

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Finally, the weekend is here. Now is the time to break out of the weekday mindset and spend a little time on yourself. But what are you going to with your free time? Searching for family-friendly events? Or maybe you are looking for an inexpensive night on the town.

If you are looking for some exciting nearby activities without breaking the bank, we have some tips for you. Here are a few low-cost ideas to make the most of your weekend.

 

Flea Market

Love to shop, but hate to fritter away your hard-earned money? Then a trip to your local flea market might be perfect for you. Flea markets, also known as swap meets, offer reasonably priced goods ranging from one-of-a-kind clothing to used furniture. So whether you are a savvy bargain hunter or a curious window shopper, a visit to your local flea market is a fun way to get out of the house and try something new.

If you are unsure where to start your shopping adventure, you can search for a flea market directory online. A flea market directory collects the necessary information about swap meets near you, including hours, address and even customer reviews.

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Farmers Market

What’s better than bargain shopping? Bargain shopping for delicious produce! Farmers’ markets supply the freshest fruits and vegetables; and since you are buying right from the source, you can be sure that you are getting the best deals on seasonal produce. Some vendors even sell homemade jerkies, jams, baked goods or salsas.

Be sure to take advantage of free samples, especially if it’s something unfamiliar. You never know what might be your new favorite food.

Interested? Local food directories, much like a flea market directory, provide a total list of famers’ markets happening near you. And because farmers’ markets support greener living, you can feel good about your purchases. Remember: think globally, eat locally.

 

Neighborhood Fests

Another opportunity to get out of the house this weekend is to seek out local festivities. Most cities and towns afford parades, seasonal celebrations, cultural festivals or block parties to help invigorate the community.

These public events are generally free or affordable and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, taste test new food and experience your neighborhood at its liveliest. It’s almost like sightseeing in your own backyard.

This is also an entertaining place to bring the kids since many vendors offer arts and crafts, face painting or balloon animals.

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Museum Days

Want to add a little culture to your life? Museums regularly have free or discounted entry on selects days of the month, so invite your friends and family. To find free museum days near you, search for museums in your area and click on the calendar page.

Similarly, local art galleries sometimes offer free wine and cheese nights where artists showcase their work to the public. Be sure to mingle with other art aficionados to learn about upcoming events or build new friendships.

 

Guest Lists

If you are looking for some affordable nightlife, check out apps from Guest List Nation or Do Stuff to find free events your area. Sometimes nightclubs and bars will open up their guests lists to free-RSVPs. Not only is this a good idea for the venue hoping to get more patrons into their establishment, it also gives you the chance to check out places you wouldn’t normally visit for a price you can’t resist.

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Ready for the Weekend?

Now you have the tools you need to start planning your frugal weekend. And the more you go out, undoubted the more you will find as you become better connected in your community.




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