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15 Inexpensive Things To Do In the Fall (10 Just Wasn’t Enough)

September 22, 2010 · 31 comments

in Home & Garden, Misc Tips, Personal Finance

I love the fall, it is my favorite time of year.  I don’t know if it is the childhood memories of raking and burning leaves or what, but for a month or so, the world just seems perfect to me.  I even feel a strange sense of renewal in the fall, which really makes no sense since leaves are falling from trees and nature is starting to go dormant in preparation for winter.  Maybe it is because I am trying to squeeze in some final outdoor activities that I feel a burst of energy.

So, to celebrate my favorite season, I am sharing a list of things to do in the fall, and they all cost very little.  (Some items on the list are more fun than others…)

15 Things To Do In Fall

  1. Hop on your bike and head to a bike trail, if one is available.
  2. Visit the cider mill.  This is a no-brainer if you live where I do, and it is a tradition that cannot be missed!   Take full advantage of the cider mill too.  Often there are walking trails at the cider mill too, make a day out of it!
  3. Have a bonfire in the backyard.  It doesn’t have to be huge or anything.  We have a small ‘fire bowl’ we bought at Target for forty dollars and it has lasted 6 years so far.  The kids love roasting marshmallows, and my youngest son has started making toast over the fire for some reason.  It is a great way to reconnect as a family.
  4. Plant some mums and bulbs.  I didn’t know it when I bought my first mum plant, but it was a perennial and showed up the next year.  (MOST mums are perennials.)  However, to greater ensure your mums will survive the winter, plant it in the ground ASAP after buying it as opposed to leaving it in a pot on the porch.  The  mum will need as many roots in the ground as it can get to survive a harsh winter.   Planting bulbs that will sprout up in spring is another great fall activity.  However, don’t plant the bulbs too soon.  Wait until at least the first frost before putting those bulbs in the ground so they stay cool.
  5. Gather up the kids, buy a pie pumpkin, and bake a pumpkin pie from scratch.
  6. Attend a high school football or soccer game.
  7. Make caramel apples.  Does anyone remember those frightening ‘Wrapples’?  Those things scared me, and tasted awful (to me).  Melted caramels are much tastier.  My apologies if I offended any Wrapple fans out there.
  8. Rake leaves for an elderly or sick neighbor (or yourself!).
  9. Clean out the gutters.
  10. Shop for end-of-summer clothing sales.
  11. Find some new crock-pot recipes and give them a try.  This can be a money saving activity too.  If you can find a number of crock pot recipes you can start in the morning and then eat for dinner, it should make quite a dent in your overall food budget.
  12. Replace the batteries in the smoke detector(s).
  13. Make some salsa from the tomatoes in the garden.
  14. Go for a nice drive to enjoy the colors, and pull over and have a picnic along the way.
  15. Get an early start on Christmas shopping.  Take advantage of all coupons and sales now and spread your spending over months instead of a couple of weeks.

What fun fall traditions do you have?  Please feel free to leave a comment.

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