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Fun Fall Activities for Less


Looking for fun fall activities but don’t want to spend a fortune? Try one of these budget-friendly activities that will keep you active and enjoying the weather without a hefty price tag.

 Apple picking

Apple-picking season lasts from around Labor Day weekend through the end of October, so there’s still plenty of time left to get to a farm and stock up on these juicy fall treats. If you live in a city and don’t own a car, do some online research to find out which farms you can visit using public transportation. In New York, for example, there are various farms you can get to from Manhattan simply by hopping on Metro-North. The cost varies, but you’re usually charged by the pound.

[More from Manilla.com: A Guide to Buying and Cooking with Apples This Fall]

Cooking or baking

After you pick your apples, you can use them to cook and bake! Fall is perfect for trying all sorts of new recipes with in-season fruits and vegetables, like apples, pumpkins and figs. Use a slow cooker to make hearty potato and beef stew or a simple pumpkin soup. Or, try a new dessert, such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, apple cider, apple pie or apple donuts.


There’s no better time to hike than in the fall, when temperatures are cool (but not too cold) and the air is crisp and free of humidity. Not only is hiking budget-friendly, but it’s also an alternative way to exercise and stay active. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks on the trail.

[More from Manilla.com: 5 Free (or Almost Free) Fall Family Activities]


For football fans, fall is the perfect time to kick back, relax and not feel bad about it. Invite friends over to watch Sunday football and turn it into a potluck. Have everyone bring her own spirit and dish to keep it easy on the wallet. Or, head to a local bar that bodes a generous happy hour and discounted apps. Even if you’re not a fan, hanging out with friends and eating good food can all be part of the fun.

Hayrides or haunted houses

If kids are involved, there’s no better fall activity then a fun hayride or trip to a haunted house (assuming the kids are the right age for a few fun scares!). The cost can vary from $5 to $15+ per person, so do some online research to find one near you that fits into your budget.

Topics: Personal Finance, budgeting, holidays, money management tips


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