I live in Houston and while it is still in the upper 80s, we can feel that a change of season in the air. Humidity is down, the sun sets at an earlier time each night, it is ten degrees cooler, and the kids have gone back to school. What an exciting time!

Finding ways to enjoy this season by yourself, with a significant other, or with the family is easy to do, and oftentimes very cheap. Unfortunately it seems like everyone is so busy in the fall that it passes by so quickly we forget to celebrate. I hope my following list of favorite frugal activities gets you outside enjoying the season before the onslaught of winter to come.

Frugal Fall Activities

  1. Watch for Bird Migrations: I did something a little odd as a college student: I signed up for a bird watching class. Honestly, it was such a fun course and gave me a great excuse to go out to surrounding parks and other properties in search of beautiful birds you would never even know existed. As such, I love to go bird watching and especially love bird migrations. Every fall over 5 billion birds migrate. Check out what type of bird migrations take place in the skies over your head this fall.
  2. Go on Leaf Walks: One of the best things about fall is the gorgeous colored leaves. You can entice yourself and your family to go on walks by collecting what you deem to be the most beautiful leaves you can find. If you desire, you can use a single leaf as a bookmark or collect a lot for homemade Halloween decorations.
  3. Pick Your Own Fruits and Squash: You don’t have to live on a farm or an orchard to participate in harvesting activities. Depending on what area of the country you live in, you could take the family to pick apples, pumpkins/squash/gourds, and more. Check out resources in your part of the country.
  4. Bake and Cook with Autumn Produce: Imagining smells of pumpkins, apples, and squash while writing this is making me want to go and cook something right now!  I recently tried (and thoroughly loved) this Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe with cinnamon whipped cream and this pumpkin oatmeal shake (I like to add in additional pumpkin pie spice for more flavor). Also try out sweet potato fries and apple brown betty. Make your own pumpkin spiced latte at home, or try a traditional swiss fondue and cut up apple slices for dipping (you can use toothpicks for dipping instead of purchasing the little metal skewers). Truly the options are endless.
  5. Attend Harvest Festivals: Look to schools, churches, local organizations, orchards, and vineyards for fall festivals to enjoy. You can look forward to apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, face painting, fall crafts, etc.
  6. Host a Campfire in the Backyard: Now that evenings are darker and nighttime is chillier, huddle around a fire in the backyard. Bring some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers to make s’mores, or build kabobs with any combination of veggies or veggies and meats that you want. For a twist, create fruit kabobs with apples, cinnamon/sugar, and have a caramel dipping sauce nearby.
  7. Family Fall Movie Night: We enjoy movies like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic.

What are your favorite fall activities?



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