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8 Summer Activities That Won’t Break the Bank

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Does anyone else feel poorer in the summer? I don’t know why. Well, maybe it’s because I have to look at pictures of people’s fabulous vacations to exotic locales while I try to make the Instagram of my nightly trip to Tasti D-Lite look way more fun than it was. Maybe it’s because many of us are moving and have to save up (again me). Or maybe it’s because we keep buying that perfect pair of sandals and three iced coffees per day. I’m not sure, but I need to find some cheaper, but still super cool, activities. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Movies

Many cities and towns do outdoor screenings of classic films like Annie Hall. It is magical to be outside watching one of your favorite films and having a picnic. And on really hot days, all you want to do is sit in a movie theater. Yes, movie tickets are costly, but if you bring your own snacks and drinks you can cut down on the cost.

2. Go to a farmers’ market

Many cities and towns have fantastic farmers’ markets during the summer. Fresh fruits and vegetables and homemade goods! Delicious! Even if you don’t purchase anything, just walk around. It’s a great way to spend a morning.

3. Biking

New Yorkers are totally loving the Citi Bikes program. It’s an inexpensive and great way to get around. For those of you who own bikes, you know how efficient they are. Let your friends in on the secret.

4. Be your own personal cooling/entertainment system

It sounds weird, but on those really hot days sometimes all you can do is sit by a fan, eat a popsicle, and read a good book. Heck, throw a sprinkler in there and it is like you are at the pool.

5. Browse a bookstore

Big bookstores, though they are a dying breed, are great. They’ve got beverages, books, magazines, and WiFi. Catch up on current events and the classics.

6. Concerts

Type in “free concerts” on Google and I guarantee you will find some awesome shows nearby. Who doesn’t love awesome free music? Plus, it is a great chance to bring out your best festival ware.

7. Minor league baseball games

Even if you aren’t a fan of baseball, going to a baseball game in the summer is an American pastime. Minor league games are a fraction of the price and the hot dogs are just as good.

8. Ice cream/popsicles/iced coffee

Never underestimate the power of these cold refreshments. They will work wonders (just go for the cheaper brands).

Ask Levo Mentor Gabby Cohen, PR and Marketing Director for SoulCycle, how she manages time and money in the summer!

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7 Comments

Free concerts are absolutely the way to go, especially as a student. They are a great way to find new artists to add to your playlists and meet people who share similar interests! Great summer suggestions!

2y

The summer is one of the best times to find free things to do!

2y

Love these ideas! Summer gets so expensive. I find doing little things and being outside are the most rewarding and relaxing!

3y

This is such a great list of tips to handle the urge to spend, spend, spend in the summer. I would also suggest googleing to see if your city has apps for things to do, many of which feature a list of free things in any given week/weekend! (NYCWay is a great one for New York!)

3y

I love browsing bookstores during the summer! Summer is when I read the most books. I can spend hours just sitting among the bookshelves. I like used bookstores especially, because new books can be crazy expensive!

3y

I absolutely love all of these suggestions! As a student, my budget is always really tight, and I love being able to take advantage of these free and fun activities, especially free concerts! Its a great way to find new music, and maybe explore parts of your city you havent seen before!

3y

Summertime has so much potential but a depleting bank account doesn't always agree with your plans. These are great tips for a fun summer that won't break the bank; I love the idea of free concerts or browsing the book store, two of my favorite things.

3y
Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the Editor at Large for Levo League. Before that she was the Editor in Chief of The Grindstone and was on staff at Business Insider. She has written for magazines including Marie Claire, SELF, Women's Health and Cosmopolitan. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys SoulCycle, jogging and playing with her Yorkshire Terrier Otis, who also loves SoulCycle.