20 things you can do this summer for $20 or less

Hi friends! I find that the most boring thing you can do is get into the same, mundane routine that you never pull yourself out of. It’s times like these when work, home, and sleep seem to be the only thing you do. It’s even worse when you’re trying to save money and you feel like going out with your friends for a night will cost you an arm and a leg. So what to do? Luckily, summer is a time that offers SO much. You can take advantage of the season and the wonderful weather in so many ways. So, I decided to break our routines up a bit and create a list of my top 20 summer activities that cost only $20 or less. Round up your girlfriends or a cute date and check off some of these for a fun way to stay happy, healthy, and adventurous this summer! Set of trendy flat geometric vector banners.

  • Attend a state fair, buy a few tickets, and go on the best rides
  • Buy a book at a local, second-hand bookstore
  • Go Strawberry Picking strawberry on woman hands
  • Make popsicles… with alcohol (hello rosé!)
  • Go on a hike + pack lunch to make it an all-day affairHiking Path in the Cascade Mountains
  • Buy smores ingredients and roast them under a bonfire
  • Visit an aquarium Family with two kids in oceanarium
  • Make homemade ice cream (or nice cream: frozen bananas, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract make a great chocolate flavor)
  • Grow an herb gardenMajoram and basil herbs in flower pots on balcony
  • Surprise someone with a balloon water fight (and a bucket filled for them to fight back) 😉Water Balloons in Bucket on Grass
  • Go rollerskating
  • Wake up very early, go to a beautiful spot, and watch the sun rise
  • Tye-Dye shirts (here’s a kit and pack of shirts I like!)tyedye T-shirts
  • Go mini-golfing
  • Have a movie marathon on a rainy day (filled with popcorn and maybe a homemade fort)
  • Visit a farmer’s market Fresh Fruit For Sale
  • Make a time capsule (fill w/ movie stubs, nail polish, pictures, etc.)
  • Spend a day without your phone
  • Go a weekend without makeup




  1. These are such fun ideas! We have at least half of them on our list to do this summer already, but there’s plenty to add now! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


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