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5 Super-Fun and Frugal Staycation Ideas

With Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer just a few days away, you may be thinking all your summer fun is over. Not so fast! Turn your Labor Day weekend into a fun and frugal staycation to make the most of the last few days of summer. Here are some easy, cheap and really fun staycation ideas:

Movie Marathon

If your idea of summer fun means plenty of air conditioning and a darkened room, this one’s for you. Pick a movie series – Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Twilight Saga, The Godfather trilogy – whatever your pleasure, and allow yourself the time to watch them all in sequence. Whip up some fun snacks and drinks, lower the lights, turn off the phones and go to the movies – for hours and hours — in the comfort of your own home.                      two girls enjoying a backyard staycation

Backyard Camping

The campgrounds are going to be packed over Labor Day. Avoid all that and set up a mini campsite right in your own backyard. Pitch a tent, build a fire, tell ghost stories – do all the things you normally would when camping, and enjoy the added bonus of having all the comforts of home just a few steps away. It’s a perfect way to introduce little ones to the concept of camping, with the safety net of still being at home.                    

Spa Day

Gather your girlfriends, whip up some DIY spa treatments and spend the day pampering yourselves. Burn some scented candles, play relaxing music, put out a few pitchers of fruit-infused water and enjoy some quiet time and catching up before the hustle and bustle of fall really kicks in.

Overnight Escape

If you have a little leftover summer mad money burning a hole in your pocket, hop on one of the discount travel sites and a grab a hotel room in your town for the night. Be sure to choose one that has a great pool, then pack an overnight bag and head over for a day and night of relaxation. You’ll be amazed at how just one night away can make you feel refreshed.

DIY Waterpark

Skip the long lines and overpriced concessions and transform your backyard into a water wonderland. Set up a Slip ‘n Slide, fire up the Super Soakers, turn on the hose, fill up a batch of water balloons and let the kids go crazy!

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