i’ve been getting a good amount of requests for fun things to do this summer that don’t require a lot of money so i’ve compiled some of my favorite things into a list :~)
paint by numbers - you can pick up these at your local hobby lobby or michaels
gardening - buy some flower/veggie seeds at your garden store, find a patch of dirt that gets sun, and you’re in business! plus when flowers bloom you can make little bouquets!!
go thrifting or to local flea markets and set a spending limit - see what you can get on the cheap!
learn a new language using a handy app like duolingo
find somewhere you can travel locally within an hour or two from your house - hiking trails are free and you get great sights + exercise !
film photography - i highly recommend minoltas (holgas are also fun and inexpensive), and you can get these online for relatively low prices. places that develop film are walgreens and sams club
take up cooking if you’re decent at it - your parent(s) will probably appreciate it too! i like to browse pinterest and housekeeping websites for good recipes
lots of towns have outdoor movies, live music shows, or even shakespeare in the park type events, and these are usually free or v cheap!
speaking of the movies, lots of movie theaters will give you matinee price in the evenings if you have a student id
redbox has new releases most of the time and it’s only a dollar a day
summer is also a good time to re-invent your usual hair/makeup styles so take an afternoon and play with makeup or bleach the ends of your hair if you’re daring!
the library also lets you check out a lot of books as well as older movies at once, so stock up on those older films and murder mysteries! (there’s nothing better than a bowl of ripe summer fruit and a mystery)
go blueberry, blackberry, peach picking! very fun and you get great fresh fruit out of the deal
journal, write a short story, or fill a notebook with small poems
that’s all i can think of at the moment, but feel free to add more ideas onto this post if you have em!!