--Summer is prime time for taking vacations. However, a tight budget may be cutting into your fun fund, causing you to put off your plans. But there's still time to go on affordable solo or family adventures &8212; close to home or even without leaving it. Check out these ideas for how to spend less on end-of-summer fun:
Go camping. You can do this in your living room, backyard or at campgrounds. Add to the experience by roasting hot dogs and making s'mores.
Visit historical sites or museums nearby. You can stay local and explore your own city &8212; by playing tourist, you may learn something new and see a familiar place from a new perspective. The visitor information center in your city could be a good resource for ideas. If you don't want to hang around, an excursion to a neighboring town may provide a good change of scene.
Go to a county or state park. There are many options for activities at parks, including going on a picnic, nature hiking, observing wildlife or bike riding. Look for fee-free days or discounts to cut your costs.
Splash it up in a pool, waterpark or at the beach. It's a good way to cool off and be active, with cheap or free admission.
Attend festivals, fairs or outdoor concerts. During the summer, there are cheap or free events with a variety of food and music. If there's a charge for admission, you may be able to get in for free if you sign up to volunteer.
Plan a BBQ and potluck with family or friends. Bring outdoor games like corn hole or badminton to keep everybody entertained.
Summer activities can be simple, convenient and budget-friendly. Now's the time to take advantage of this last bit of summer and have some fun.