Fun Activities On A Budget!


Hello all you bloggers, this is Megan here. Want to do something that is fun and exciting, but don’t want to spend a ton of money? I will give you some ideas that can be done solo, with your sweetheart, or even with your little ones!

  • Visit the local zoo, yeah the typical answer, but there are usually coupons throughout the year, so you just need to be on the watch!
  • What is cheaper than free? Take an adventurous hike. Sounds bland, but you would be surprised. Plus you get that exercise in too!
  • Throughout the year, there are many art festivals and museums that are usually really cheap or free. Check them out through your local newspaper or online. 
  • Who doesn’t like a free concert? You might be surprised when you ask your sweetheart to go to a concert instead of the usual dinner and overpriced movie. A lot of underground bands are super cheap, and don’t be discouraged if they are a no name, surprises are good!
  • Most movie theaters have some sort of a classic series for an extremely low price. Taking advantage of these awesome deals, since most of them come with a package deal, can really save you money. The one in Salt Lake, is $30 for 6 movies that you can’t watch anywhere else!
  • Want something fun to do with neighbors or friends? Instead of just going out to a restaurant and spending $20 a person, why not try a pot luck dinner? Have each family prepare one dish that serves everyone. It can be a fun way to entertain and save!
  • On the topic of food, skip the restaurants and treat you and your sweetheart to a themed date night at your house. For instance, cook spaghetti and meatballs while sipping wine and watching Life is Beautiful. Cheap yet fun and interesting. 

Hope these ideas have helped and/or have sparked some new and exciting things you could do instead of the usual over priced routine!



Treat Your Sweetie on a Budget

By: Vincent Mortensen

Valentine’s Day (or if you’re like me, Single Awareness Day) is less than two weeks away.  Many people have the misconception that the more money they spend on their significant other, the more romantic it is.  Oh, if it were only that easy!  Here are a few ways to impress the love of your life and not depress your wallet.

  1. Creating a heart-felt, homemade card with homemade treats (like brownies, chocolate strawberries, etc.) is much more meaningful to your love than running to the local supermarket and purchasing a box of chocolates with an overpriced card.  You could easily save five to twenty dollars depending on how big a box of chocImageolates you purchased in the past.
  2. An entire night of servitude including cooking dinner, watching a romantic movie, and even foot rubs can really help your budget.  The savings could be substantial if you decide to pass up the Filet Mignon at a fancy restaurant and prepare it yourself.
  3. Do your best to avoid purchasing flowers at a specialized shop.  It may cost you upwards of $75 for the bouquet and vase vs. going to your local grocer, purchasing a similar bouquet and vase for a fraction of the cost.
  4. If you and your significant other enjoy physically fit activities, do something fun like going to a trampoline park or take a hike (bundle up, it’s cold out there!)  If you decide on the trampoline park, you may be competing with younger kids for jumping space, but chances are you won’t notice since it’s so fun.

More often than not, your sweetheart will have a wonderful Valentine’s Day regardless of the cost.  If you pay attention and care for them, you can also pay attention and care for your budget.