Celebrating Memorial Day can cost a pretty penny, but there’s no need to spend wildly to have an epic holiday weekend. Here’s how to celebrate Memorial Day on a budget.
1. Hit the beach
Get out to the shore at the first opportunity! The beach can provide hours of relaxation and fun for the family at little or no cost. Stock up on some inexpensive patriotic-patterned towels to make the day a little more festive.
2. Host a potluck
If you’ll be hosting this Memorial Day, make it a potluck. Ask each guest to bring one dish for a complete dinner that doesn’t cost anyone a lot of money. As a bonus, the menu is a lot more fun when it’s varied and prepared by many different cooks.
3. Go easy on the decor
No need to blow a ton of money on making your Memorial Day celebration look festive. Spruce up the place with some red, white and blue balloons from the dollar store, and add some banners like these for a complete patriotic look.
4. Make a signature drink
Instead of setting up a full bar, make one signature drink for the night. You can find some great drink recipes online!
5. Look for coupons
Don’t go anywhere without first checking if you must pay full price. Pick up some great discounts on restaurant meals, entertainment venues and more on websites like Groupon.com.
6. Host a DIY sports event
For a fun and frugal alternative to the traditional Memorial Day BBQ, invite family and friends over to your place, or meet up at a park, for a day of sports and games. You can play flag football, soccer, have a tug-of-war competition or even drum up a full game of baseball.
7. Visit historical sites
What better way to spend Memorial Day than checking out historical attractions? Many historical sites host free events in honor of the three-day holiday.
8. Rent a boat
Enjoy a day out on the water at little cost by renting a boat from a nearby boat rental service or a private owner. Bring along some snacks and drinks and good music for a fantastic day of water fun.
Use these tips to enjoy a memorable holiday weekend on a budget!