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7 Last Minute Frugal Ideas For Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial weekend is coming! Don’t worry if you are trying to celebrate the weekend and not bust the budget we got last minute frugal ideas for Memorial Day Weekend.

This year, with massive vaccination happening and things reopening, we still are not where we were, and we will encourage to continue to follow safety regulations to stay healthy. And because of it, this post will reflect that. Now back to this Memorial Day post.

The good thing about people is that we adapt, and some of us money nerds have been adapting, making it fun for quite some time.

Look, we are already saving as much money as we can this year, but we also want to have fun too!

We have a family vacation this summer and quite honestly summer is where we spend tons of money since the kids are out of school. We have a nice summer budget we followed, but the truth is that we don’t want to overspend money at all.

Now, the truth is that I don’t make plans for Memorial Day Weekend because I seem always to be busy and lose track of time. Then it seems to catch me by surprise. To give you a quick reminder, Memorial Day 2021 is May 31th.

With kids home already due to school closure and depending on where you live, the school will continue until June. A good safe, frugal and fun Memorial day weekend is what’s in store for many of us.

Before we start with these last-minute frugal ideas for Memorial Day Weekend, let’s take a minute for those who have no clue as to what Memorial Day is about.

Yes, sadly many people need to be reminded as to why we have “3 day weekend” at the end of May.

What is Memorial Day

A day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30, but now officially observed last Monday in May. This is a federal holiday in the United States of America, not an international holiday. For more information, please head over here.

Frugal ideas for Memorial Day - Enjoy your backyard!

7 Memorial Day Weekend Frugal Ideas

The backyard is where it’s at

Many people take the time during this weekend to work on their home landscaping. Why not use your backyard and enjoy it with your friends and family. 

Now if social distance is essential, be creative! Enjoy your weekend with your close family members and friends. But if you live an area where restrictions are lifted do this.

Use your backyard to entertain the family and the good news it won’t cost you much.

You will not spend money on gas, paying tickets to get into a park or a pool. Seriously, your backyard is a great last-minute frugal idea for Memorial Day weekend that is very affordable, and you and your family can enjoy it.

Last minute frugal ideas for Memorial Day - Enjoy a BBQ with family and friends

Barbecue like a boss

This is one of the reasons I love summer barbecues. There is something about having a family BBQ and everyone enjoying the delicious grilled food. Instead of heading over to your local BBQ restaurant, make it at home!

Thanks to Rona, you will see an increase in food prices due to inflation, so budget accordingly. You will still find your summer favorites on sale but be aware of a small increase this year.

To stock up on meat, buy your meat early and stock up if possible. You can also buy meat in bulk if you are able too.

To help you keep the cost of your BBQ down here are some tips:

  • Have people bring a dish
  • Create a menu plan
  • Cook the food you have
  • Buy the items that are on sale
  • Use coupons and money-earning apps
  • Keep the BBQ menu to a minimum

Have a picnic

Last minute Frugal ideas for Memory Day Weekend - Picnic

A picnic is another last-minute frugal idea you can do this Memorial Day weekend that is affordable, and your family will enjoy it.

It’s also great if you live in a social distancing restricted area because you don’t need a crowd to enjoy a great picnic.

If you want to have your picnic in your backyard or your local park, picnics are one of the best ways to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and save money.

How to keep your picnic very affordable:

  • Locate an affordable or cheap location.
  • Find creative ways to keep your picnic cost down.
  • Bring your own utensils from home.
  • Use an old blanket.
  • Keep the menu simple.

Visit your local pool

Last Minute Frugal Ideas For Memorial Day Weekend - Visit a local pool

This years many local pools will be opening with some restrictions. Make sure that you call or check online to what those restrictions might be.

Again, if you live in an area in the country where community pools are open then take advantage of them.

We are lucky that we have our community pool a few blocks away, and during this weekend, they are open, and it’s so affordable. Don’t break the bank and simply enjoy your local pool with your family and friends.

Last Minute Frugal Ideas For Memorial Day Weekend - check local events

Check for local events

Local events during the summer in many areas, might be postponed, but many place will have alternative ways to enjoy it.

For example, a gardening festival in a community, will instead do it virtual with residence taking photos of their garden and posting it in a group or giving virtual tours.

But if you live in an area were restrictions are lifted check the next paragraph.

Check the newspaper, municipal websites, etc., for local events around your town. Small carnivals and community events are happening. Fireworks make the best form of entertainment, and they are FREE!

Create some crafts

Crafts will never continue to be the best thing you can do during a pandemic.

Crafts stores are open and won’t affect your frugal Memorial Day weekend.

There are tons of Memorial Day crafts for kids that will keep them entertained the entire Memorial Day weekend!

What I love about this is that they will enjoy doing it and it will make their weekend a memorable one.

You can take advantage of creating crafts with your kids and educate them about what Memorial Day is about.

Last Minute Frugal Ideas For Memorial Day Weekend - Create fun crafts!

Below are 4 Memorial Day Kids Craft and kids friendly recipes you can do this weekend:

Last Minute Frugal Ideas For Memorial Day Weekend - Watch a movie and make it fun.

Watch movies or TV shows

Thanks to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and other online streaming companies, watching movies or your favorite tv shows are the best thing ever.

Who wants to watch a weekly show when you can watch the entire season? Yah!

Why not take the time this weekend to enjoy your favorite movie or shows at home.

Have fun, relax! Remember your kids will be out of school soon (if you live in the Northeast). You better take advantage of this! LOL

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There are tons of last minute frugal ideas for Memorial Day weekend that are affordable and fun for the entire family to do.

You don’t have to head to the beach or resort and spend hours stuck in traffic to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

If you plan it and keep it simple your Memorial Day weekend won’t bust your budget.

Your Turn: When it comes to frugal ideas for Memorial Day weekend, what do you do to save money. What other ideas do you have for us that will help us save money and make Memorial Day weekend a fun one? Share it with us.








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