Summer is the perfect time of the year to finally get out and enjoy some time outside! Below are a few budget-friendly ways you can have some fun in the sun.
Look into Free/Low-Cost Local Events
When summer rolls around, many events start to pop up. Most cities have different festivals, carnivals, farmers markets, and other events catered for individuals, couples, families, and kids. Find one that piques your interest and head out! Be sure to set your budget in advance for any purchases you may be interested in making at these events. Factor in transportation, tickets, and food to ensure you don’t overspend. Check out this calendar list for information about events happening across Michigan.
Host a Garage Sale
It’s time to go through your basement, garage, closets, and cabinets and declutter your home. Get rid of things that you don’t use and host a garage sale. Check with your city to see if you need a permit, pick a date and time, promote your sale on social media and make signs. Use tables or racks to showcase your merchandise and name your price on them. If you have items leftover, donate them to a thrift store or sell them on sites like Facebook Marketplace, Depop, or Poshmark.
Do Your Own Lawncare
Embrace your inner green thumb and take charge of your landscape instead of hiring a company, if able. Find a lawn mower on sale at a local hardware store or borrow one from a family member or neighbor and cut your own grass. If you want to help save on grocery costs, start a fruit, vegetable, or herb garden and plant some of the things you would normally buy at a supermarket.
Visit Local Attractions
There are many attractions worth visiting in Michigan that are either free or low-cost. See paintings from Vincent Van Gogh or Andy Warhol at the Detroit Institute of Arts or get a hands-on experience at the Michigan Science Center. If you’d rather be out in the sun visit the Detroit Zoo. This summer, Michigan First is honored to be the presenting sponsor of BRICKLIVE, a 3-acre adventure that features 70 unique animal displays made from LEGO® bricks. Other outdoor activities include visiting a botanical garden or visiting Downtown Detroit’s Riverwalk. Take a look at this list of attractions that features many different things to do throughout the summer in Michigan.
Plan a Camping Trip
Summer is one of the best times of the year to go camping while the weather is nice. Gather your family and friends to go on a camping trip at one of Michigan’s many campgrounds and RV parks – or even in your home or yard! If you don’t have camping gear, REI has gear to rent or you can look into borrowing from close friends and family. Gather around the campfire and tell stories while making s’mores.
Have a BBQ or Picnic
Instead of using the oven inside on a hot day, explore outdoor options. Explore the abundant number of Michigan state parks and recreation areas for a picnic with your own snacks and beverages or put your outdoor cooking skills to the test! Get out the grill and cook outside. To save on food costs, invite people over and turn dinner into a potluck or a small get-together.
Go For a Swim
Michigan is home to the great lakes and plenty of nice beaches with great views. When the sun is beaming, head to the beach and take a swim. Pack a bag with all your needs! Sunscreen, beach towels, snacks, umbrellas, bottles water to stay hydrated, and a book to read when you’re relaxing on the beach under the shade.