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Budget Friendly Winter Activities

Winter can be a tricky time for budgeting because it starts during the busy holiday season. Between buying gifts, attending (or hosting) holiday parties, and traveling to see friends and family, your budget may already be stretched. Colder months can also bring unexpected expenses, like going to the doctor’s office for winter bugs, winterizing your home and car, and higher utility bills during the coldest of months. It can be important to find cheap things to do during the winter to beat those winter blues. Here are some ideas to keep you busy during those long months.

Visit The Zoo, Museum, or Aquarium

These destinations tend to see more traffic in the spring and summer months. If you want to avoid the crowds, winter is a great time to check them out. You can save big if they offer discounted admission prices during the off-season or you could go on “free days”. Find free admission days for several place in Colorado here.

Have A Snow Day

The most affordable winter activities are sometimes ones you can enjoy in your own backyard. Anyone up for building a snow fort or snowman, or having an epic snowball fight? Make the most of the cold and the snow by just getting outside and spending time with those you care about.

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Swap The Ski Resort for A National Park

Maybe you love skiing, but not ski resort prices, take advantage of public parks. Many national parks can feature rugged landscapes for skiers with lower fees than traditional winter resort. Plus there is more to do than just cross-country skiing, you could go snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating on designated skating ponds, and watch for wildlife.

Have A Bonfire Night

Who doesn’t love gathering around a fire and roasting marshmallows? If you’ve got room in the backyard to set up a fire pit, you can host a bonfire with friends and family. Everyone can bring their favorite campfire food, like hot dogs or chestnuts to roast.


Not only is volunteering free aside from your time, but it’s a feel-good activity for all ages. If you have young children, volunteering as a family can help teach young ones about the importance of giving back. Check your local community for volunteer opportunities. Popular options include serving food at a local soup kitchen or visiting animals at a shelter.

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At Home Movie Night

Sometimes a night in can be the most fun, especially in the dead of winter. Popcorn, snacks, maybe even staying up late? With so many streamy platforms available you can have access to tons of movies to choose from, even new releases.

Embracing the winter season doesn't have to break the bank. With budget friendly activities, there's no need to sacrifice fun for financial constraints. From cozy movie nights to outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Remember that you can create unforgettable memories without emptying your pockets.


Sources & enhanced by Credit Union of Denver

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