10 Frugal Staycation Ideas For A Tight Budget

Staycations are a great way to make use of your vacation time without paying for the high cost of travel these days. More and more people are feeling the pinch at the pump, exotic vacations are a no no, so what you need are frugal staycation ideas.

Looking for activities to do close to home is a great way to make the most of your vacation time when you can not travel. You can even make a long weekend feel like a vacation using local staycation ideas.

Check out these cheap and frugal ways to make the most of your time at home.

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Local frugal Staycation ideas – Have some fun

Make the most of your staycation time by finding fun activities that do not cost a lot to enjoy. From finding a local festival to snuggling up in the AC and whittling down your reading list there are some great frugal ways to have fun on your staycation.

Look for local activities going on

Take the time to look at local listings to see what events and activities are going on near home. This will allow you to have fun and do something you do not normally do without having to travel far from home. To make the most of your staycation look for events like:

  • Carnivals
  • Festivals
  • Car shows
  • Sidewalk sales
  • Outdoor movies

Use Groupon to find deals on activities

Want to visit activities that are available more regularly but you do not normally have the time for? Places like the zoo, aquarium, escape rooms, skate parks, and other fun stops along the way?

You can use Groupon to find great deals to create your own favorite family staycation ideas. Many places will post Groupon deals to help boost traffic offering steep discounts and often BOGO deals. Take advantage of these deals for a cheap day out.

Go for a swim

Take a trip to the beach, lake, or pool to go for a swim. A beach day is a great way to spend your staycation. Pack a cooler with drinks and some food so you can stay out all day long. The best frugal staycation ideas often become a favorite memory for many people. And a great memory to make with your kids that doesn’t cost much at all.

Go camping

Camping is a great frugal family activity that gets you away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. On your next staycation gather your gear or see if you can borrow from a friend. Book a slot at a nearby campground to get away from life for much less than traveling would cost you.

Take a reading day

Grab some drinks and snacks and pull out some books and snuggle in by the AC if your staycation has a super hot day that just doesn’t appeal to you for going out.

This is the perfect time to work your way down your reading list and make sure no good book on yourself goes unread. Don’t have a reading list? Check out free books on apps like Wattpad and Kindle.

Host a cookout

Keep it frugal by asking everyone to bring a dish to your next cookout making for a large outdoor potluck everyone can enjoy. This is a fun way to get quality time with friends and family during your staycation.

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Frugal Staycation ideas at home: Finish those big projects

Most of us have projects that need to be worked on and haven’t gotten around to. This can be very frugal and even help you save money in the long run by getting projects done yourself. Do them yourself and you have no need to be paying someone else to do them later.

Home projects

Take a look around your home and see what plumbing projects, winterization projects, and improvements you can do that fit your budget. Try to use items you already have on hand to get them done while on your vacation. Most of us have a long list of things that need to be done to make the most of our homes all year long.

Put in a garden

As the cost of everything rises, putting in a garden over your staycation is a great activity that can save you money in the long run. Even in the late summer, there are plenty of things you can get started or even just get the beds ready to plant for the fall season depending on where you live.

Start a side hustle

Are you looking to add another income to your finances? Your staycation is a great time to plan and start a small side hustle. While you ideally need to run this while you are working, having a few days off gives you time to work through the setup and find your groove.

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Learn a new skill while on your staycation

Have you wanted to learn how to sew, preserve food, or build a website? Your staycation is a great time to invest in your knowledge and learn something new. Spend a few days working on learning that new skill you have been wanting to learn for years.

This is more often than not a frugal way to do something. And often pays for itself over time allowing you to make the most of your staycation.

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Last Updated on 13th June 2022 by Emma

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