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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m no longer sweating my ass off outside and the weather is perfect for me to go outside for a run. Fall also means that the holidays are coming up fast so keeping a frugal mindset is crucial in saving cash in Autumn. I thought it would be a good idea to list out some top free (or frugal) activities to do this fall with friends or the family.

Free Things To Do With Friends

  1. Create your own Halloween Do-It-Yourself project. From creating spooky indoor decorations to creating your own costume, this can be a cheap and frugal activity to do with your friends.
  2. Check out your local Fall festival. Go outside, you’ll likely see community festivals and the like that you can attend.
  3. Go pumpkin shopping at a pumpkin patch. No, you don’t have to buy the pumpkin but they are pretty affordable.
  4. Carve pumpkins. Double down on your pumpkin fun!
  5. Go camping outdoors. You don’t even need a campground, just find a backyard and enjoy company with friends.
  6. Tell spooky stories around the campfire.
  7. Jump in a pile of leaves. Eh, you’ll get dirty but it’s fun as hell.
  8. Window Shop New Fall Clothing. Go to your favorite retail outlet and check out the new fall season of clothing.
  9. Have a BBQ in the park.
  10. Update the interior of your home with fall colors. Mrs. Debt to Dough has a habit of doing this every season.
  11. Make Chili.  Yes, this isn’t “free”, but chances are you have a crockpot and some extra beef laying around. Chili is my favorite part of fall! Easy to make, long lasting, and very filling.
  12. Pick apples or berries. Depending on where you live, there are plenty of apples and other berries you can pick and store for later.
  13. Visit a vineyard or two. Depending on the company, you might be able to find a cheap/free vineyard that offers free wine tastings.
  14. Make an apple cider Mimosa. I love myself some fall-themed drinks, especially in apple cider form.
  15. Make your own apple cider. Kick it up a notch with your own home-made apple cider.
  16. Go for a hike. Either a long-park walk or a nearby trail is also viable.
  17. Outdoor Movie Night. It’s not too cold yet to have an outdoor movie night. Get some friend to help you move the TV or set up an outdoor projector.

Free Things To Do With Family

  1. Rake your leaves. It’s a chore that needs to be done, but it’s free and time-consuming! Bonus points if you have kids to share the labor with.
  2. Donate canned goods to charity.
  3. Volunteer at a charity.
  4. Make Hot Cocoa on a frigid night.
  5. Make a do-it-yourself fall wreath. Check it out here.
  6. Go to a local middle-school or high-school football game. Don’t fall for the 50/50 raffles, I never win.
  7. Have a family picnic at your local park.
  8. Start a yearly tradition of fall family selfies. Same pose, every year, and track progress.
  9. Take a hayride on a local farm.
  10. Roast pumpkin seeds.
  11. Walk the dog at the dog park or a regular park.
  12. Fall cleaning. It’s like spring cleaning but done in the fall. While your family might roll their eyes, it’s a free activity that serves a purpose.

Free Things To Do In General This Fall

  1. Donate your unneeded clothing to Goodwill.
  2. Grab a fall coloring book. Yes, it’s for adults.
  3. Bake a pumpkin pie. For yourself, obviously.
  4. Rake your neighbor’s leaves. Not only is it free, but you can also get paid to do it!
  5. Update your Facebook picture. Some of you are lazy like me, but eventually, you need to update your photo that isn’t 5 years old.
  6. Host a fall potluck party. Now you can get an immaculate dinner while only prepping the ham.
  7. Read a good book.
  8. Eat Halloween candy that no one wants.
  9. Update your Spotify playlist or make a new fall playlist.
  10. Walk around your neighborhood and look at the fall foliage.
  11. Go to a bunch of open houses and say you are looking. You can check out the new homes in the area and pretend you have money. At least that’s what I do with the wife once a month.
  12. Catch up with family. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to talk with your parents or siblings, make the call/text now!
  13. Call an old friend. Spend time chatting with those close to you is a great way to spend time and save money.
  14. Find free tickets to museums & displays. Most towns often have discounts or free entry to specific shows or displays depending on the time of year. Be sure to check out the options in your town.
  15. Take advantage of the free food samples at Costco/Sams Club. They are the real MVPs.

It doesn’t matter if you live alone, have a significant other, or have multiple kids. There are plenty of ways to have fun on the cheap all while doing activities that can grow friendships and bonds. And don’t forget to google “[your town] + things to do”. Most towns have websites dedicated to having up-to-date activities that are going on in your area. It’s a great place to start.