• Ethan Benge

Weekend Plans? How to Enjoy Your Weekend on a Budget?

Updated: Jul 12

When the weekend finally comes and we no longer have to spend our whole day working and doing chores, it's time to relax and have fun. Everyone wants to go out to eat, go shopping at the mall or see a movie, possibly end the day with a nice nightcap at the bar. However, all of those things can get expensive pretty quickly and send our weekend budget right out the window.

The challenge that most people find is how to have a great weekend, without breaking the bank. So we’ve put together a list of fun, exciting, and relaxing plans to do this weekend -while staying on a budget.

Stay-at-Home Weekend

  • Board Game Night: This is always a great way to spend a weekend at home. Whether it be a classic like Scrabble or a modern game like Cards Against Humanity, you’ll be sure to enjoy the company of your friends with a bit of friendly competition.

  • Meditation and Yoga: All you need is a mat and some floor space - this can be done in your home, on the beach or even in the park. This can increase your overall health and well being, relieve stress, and improve your flexibility.

  • Movie Marathon: Invite some friends, make some popcorn, grab some drinks and watch your favorite movie series from start to finish. These are great for those cold and rainy weekends!

  • Host a Video Game Tournament: If you are a serious gamer, you probably already have your preferred system of choice and favorite game. Invite some friends over for the weekend and host a video game tournament. This will provide hours of competitive fun!

Going Out Weekend

  • Happy Hour and Food Specials: Staying on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t go out to eat or have a few at the bar. Most bars and restaurants offer food and drink specials throughout the week. Plan ahead and know what times the food specials are and when their happy hour starts.

  • Road Trip: Taking a great road trip can be an exciting way to enjoy a weekend. Go and explore a new city within your state. Take the long route and enjoy some scenery or try using a paper map with a friend instead of an app on your phone!

  • Flying Cheap: Hoping on a plane and going out of state doesn’t always have to be expensive. By following airlines on their social media handles and signing up for their newsletters, you can land great deals and fly for cheap. Visit family and stay with them for free - pack light and just bring a small backpack, most airlines don’t charge for a personal item.

  • Volunteer: Volunteering not only will help you stay on a budget but more importantly will have a positive impact on society. This can be a great way to give back to the community and it can bring you a sense of wellness and happiness.

Outdoors Weekend

  • Have a Beach Day: If you live near the beach, this is the best way to spend your weekend while staying on a budget. Get some friends and play some volleyball, soak up the sun, collect shells, or go swimming. Best of all is that most beaches are free to visit!

  • Go Hiking: This doesn’t mean pack a ruck and go trekking up a mountain for 10 miles (unless you're into that sort of thing). Most areas have hiking paths of varying lengths, a simple walk around a local lake can be relaxing. There are a few apps that list all local hiking paths and this can help you decide on which trail to hike.

  • Explore Your City: Wherever you live, chances are that there are plenty of nearby places to experience - landmarks, nature preserves or parks. No matter what it is, it’ll be new and new is always exciting. Try renting a scooter to explore, most big cities now offer rentals through popular ride-sharing apps such as Lyft and Uber (Don’t worry, they are not expensive or hard to ride)

  • Festivals and/or Farmers Market: Most markets and some festivals are free to get into and this is a great way to spend the weekend. Many of them have live music, local foods, and homemade gifts. These are also a great way to meet local people and experience the community. Search for one near you!

  • Go Fishing: No we’re not talking about charting a boat and going deep-sea fishing (that can be very expensive). If you live near a lake or the ocean, you can fish from shore or over a bridge. All you need is a simple fishing pool and some bait from a local bait shop.

Just remember that the key to having a great and inexpensive weekend it just having fun, whether that be with friends, family, or by yourself!

Pro Tip: Try writing each one of these ideas on its own separate piece of paper, then mix them into a jar. Before the weekend starts, random pick one out of the jar and now you have weekend plans!