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Labor Day Fun for Less

As the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day is perfect for spending special time with family and friends. The long weekend presents the opportunity for parties, BBQs, camping and so much more – even better, there’s a way to do it all on a budget.
Family Bbq'ing Spends Labor Day on a Budget
When looking for inexpensive entertainment ideas for Labor Day, you’re limited only by your imagination. Here are just 5 ways to spend the holiday with your family, and have fun for less!

1. Host and Outdoor Movie Night
Whether you’re entertaining neighborhood little ones or planning a grown-up movie night, try holding the whole event outside. You can either relocate a big screen TV, or set up a white sheet and a projector to view the movie. Pop big bowls of popcorn for everyone to pass and you can even add some candy to the mix as an extra special treat. The set-up and snacks are so easy; the only difficulty may be agreeing on a movie.

2. Plan a Potluck Night
Nothing says summer like a BBQ, but hosting can get expensive. Spend the holiday with friends and loved ones, but share the cost by making the event a potluck. As the host, it’s traditional to provide the main meal, be it hotdogs and hamburgers or whatever you plan to serve. Then assign side dishes and desserts to your guests. You can even ask for someone to provide paper plates and napkins or beverages. Enjoy the long weekend with a traditional BBQ without breaking the bank when everyone chips in.

3. See a Minor League Baseball Game
Baseball is one of our nation’s favorite pastimes, so celebrating Labor Day at the ballpark makes perfect sense. While a day at a major league game can cost a family of four an arm and a leg, you can have just as much fun while enjoying a minor league game. With ticket prices a fraction of what you’d pay at a major league game, food and drinks also cost less, and you’ll be able to entertain your whole family without spending a fortune.

4. Visit a Local Park
From hiking to picnicking, a day in a local park can be a great salute to summer while bringing your whole family together. Although some parks do have entry fees, they are typically nominal and you can spend the entire day exploring. Consider bringing a picnic lunch that can keep everyone happy while saving on your budget. Pack a few extra snacks for throughout the day and always be sure to bring plenty of water. Getting back to nature while getting back in touch with your family can make this Labor Day one for the memory books.

5. Have a Backyard Camp-Out
Some say summer isn’t complete without packing your gear and heading to a campsite. Luckily, there’s a much easier and less expensive alternative – the backyard camp-out. With no driving, packing or intricate planning you’ll save both time and money when you set up a tent in your own yard. Face away from the house for that true camping feel and you may even forget that you’re so close to home. Even better – you have bathrooms and all the other comforts of home in case anyone gets cold feet halfway through the night.

With these ideas, you can make Labor Day memorable for your family and keep spending minimal. Whether its one of our ideas or one of your own, enjoy the holiday with a lot of family fun.
 
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