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Best Cheap Things to Do This Summer

By Ella Patenall

Updated September 20, 2021 Updated September 20, 2021

By Annie Walton-Doyle

The start of summer can be super exciting, especially as it means the stressful exam season is finally over. Summer often comes with one caveat, though – a very real lack of funds. It can seem like doing anything fun is depressingly out of reach, but that needn’t be the case.  Here are a bunch of cheap ways to have fun this summer without dipping into your bank account.

Go to the park

Luckily, city parks are often totally free for public use. Having a picnic is a great way to eat out for cheap, or you can take some games and make a sporty day of it. If you’d rather chill alone, take a book and a picnic blanket and catch some sun – it’s almost like being on holiday.

Check out a museum

Research free museums in your area. After a whole year of studying, you’ll find that some learning for pleasure can feel like a real luxury. Some exhibitions may cost a small amount of money, but fortunately a student discount can go a long way to making it more affordable.

Look for vouchers

There are a ton of voucher sites which can help you enjoy events you otherwise would never experience for a cut-price fee. From wine-tasting and food festivals to luxury beauty treatments, sites like Groupon and Wowcher have plenty of ways for you to save and try something new.

Save money at the cinema with Meerkat Movies

Meerkat Movies offers two-for-one cinema tickets for a year for anyone who purchases insurance through the site. At Vue cinemas, this can mean seeing a film for £2.50. What if you don’t need insurance? Well, you can use the site to buy a really cheap insurance policy for just one day and still qualify for a year’s worth of cheap movies. Any money you spend on the insurance will be made back almost instantly.

Search Freecycle for fun new things for your house

On Freecycle, people give away things they don’t need anymore – usually household items. If you comb through the site, you could end up finding things like barbeques, outdoor furniture or even trampolines, which can make staying home a lot more fun.

Host a dinner party

Speaking of staying home, a dinner party is a great, cost-effective alternative to a night out. Ask friends to bring a dish or a bottle so the cost is spread a bit more evenly, organize some parlor games and pretend to be an adult for the evening.

Annie Walton-Doyle writes for Inspiring Interns, which specializes in sourcing candidates for internships. To browse our graduate jobs London listings, visit our website.

This article was originally published in June 2018 . It was last updated in September 2021

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