10 Frugal Ways to Enjoy Autumn

The time between October and the end of December has to be my favourite time of year; the darker nights mean cosy evenings spent in front of a fire and getting wrapped up warm for winter walks. Here’s my list of 10 frugal ways to enjoy autumn.

  1. Use your slow cooker (if you have one) to make curries and warming soups. Slow cookers are so great to just switch on in the morning and have a delicious, hot meal to come home to at the end of the day.
  2. Make porridge; I love spending a lazy weekend morning, when there’s no rush to get ready for school and/or work, making creamy porridge. I top mine with banana, raspberries and honey and it’s gorgeous.
  3. Make pumpkin Pie; I’ve never actually made a pumpkin pie before, but this year i’m going to be making one for the first time. It’s a good use for all the insides of pumpkins that would otherwise just be thrown away after Halloween!
  4. Wrap up warm and go for a walk through a park or along a beach and have a lovely hot drink when you get back home (or call into a cafe en route if your budget will stretch to it)
  5. Have a look at activities that are being held at your local park, there’s usually some sort of pumpkin hunt or activity trail being held for free or for a very low cost. It’s a great one to get the children out and about and tired out!
  6. Have a movie afternoon; this time of year is perfect for turning the lights down and snuggling on the sofa with a movie and a bunch of snacks at any time of the day!
  7. Find a display near you and go and watch the fireworks, most of the displays are a free event.  I usually take some snacks with us,  a hot drink and wrap up warm and it’s a lovely evening out.
  8. Start planning for Christmas; if you haven’t started all ready this is a good time to start planning for Christmas, set a budget for presents and start looking for good deals and bargains.
  9. The Starbucks red cups come out in early November and they usually have a 2 for 1 offer on sometime in November. Great to catch up with friends for a festive drink without breaking the bank. Mine’s a Gingerbread Latte yum!
  10. Collect pine cones; now is a good time to collect pine cones to use for decorating your home during the festive season for zero cost. They look lovely placed around a candle or scattered around a fireplace or simply placed in a bowl on a table.  I have a big bag which I collected last year which will be brought out again this year.

So there you go, my 10 frugal ways to enjoy autumn.

How do you like to spend your autumn days and nights without breaking the bank?

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