20 things to do on a no-spend weekend in fall

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With winter right around the corner, it's time to get outside and enjoy the last remaining days of beautiful weather. I love watching all the leaves turn colors and the decorations that start to appear on people's front porches. Recently, my family and I had our very first no-spend weekend and to be honest; it wasn't that hard. Fall offers a ton of free activities for families and it's a great way to save a little money during the month.

Today, I wanted to share with you 20 things you can do this Fall on a no-spend weekend. Before you attempt a no-spend weekend, here are some things you should do first.

Sit down with your family and brainstorm some ideas on what you would like to do. Lay out a plan for your weekend filled with activities and meal ideas. Having a list of activities already planned really helps. Planning your meals also helps you prepare for a no-spend weekend. Check your pantry and fridge and make sure you have everything you need to get by for the weekend. It's only two days, so this part is easy.

Get creative. Try to do things you haven't done before or things that you haven't done together in a long time. This makes the no-send weekend memorable and special. We started by looking at our community calendar. This is a great place to come up with some free activities that you might not have thought about.

If you have never tried a no-spend weekend, I challenge you to try it. This weekend, I challenge you to spend no money at all. Sit down with your family and map out your weekend. You might enjoy it more than you think. Here are 20 things you and your family can do on a no-spend weekend this Fall.

1. VISIT YOUR LOCAL PUMPKIN PATCH
You don't have to spend money while visiting your favorite pumpkin patch. It's a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Fall. Play games like, who can find the biggest pumpkin or who can find the weirdest colored pumpkin. It's also an excellent time to take photos and capture Fall's pumpkin harvest.

2. COLLECT LEAVES
This was one of my favorite activities we did on our no-spend weekend. If you have kids, take them outside and pick up all of your favorite leaves. My son is only 4, so he picked up all of the orange ones he could find. Don't stop there. Take them inside and turn them into a free craft. We painted our leaves and outlined the shapes on a black piece of paper. My son loved this, and it was completely free.

3. GO HIKING
Fall is a great time to get outside and go hiking. The weather is perfect for a day hike, and it's also a great time to get outside and explore. Look for areas that you have never visited, and it's OK if it's not too far from home.

4. WATCH A MOVIE
After a long day outside, take some time to relax inside. Snuggling up on the couch with some warm cider is a perfect way to end your day. My son and I built a fort out of the sofa cushions and watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." If you haven't had a chance to watch it with your kids, I highly recommend it.

5. CHECK YOUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Check online for free events that are happening in your community. We found out that our local library was having a weekend book reading. It also gave me an opportunity to read some other books with my son.

6. GO ON A NATURE HUNT
When we were brainstorming our no-spend weekend, I came across this cute nature hunt printable from Scribd.com. Print it out, get outside, and start identifying things on the printable. You can find the printable HERE.

7. GO ON A PICNIC
Find your favorite local park and have a Fall picnic. Keep it simple by packing some turkey sandwiches and juice boxes.

8. GO ON A BIKE RIDE
Take your bike and out and explore your neighborhood.

9. MAKE A PINE CONE BIRD FEEDER
This is an excellent free craft that kids of all ages can enjoy. All you need is a pine cone from the backyard, some peanut butter, birdseed, string or yarn, and a plastic bag. We had all of this stuff at home, so it worked out really well. I used this tutorial on my no-spend weekend.

10. WINTERIZE YOUR HOME
Now is the time to start preparing for winter. For us, that meant picking up the yard, putting away the lawn furniture and preparing our raised garden beds. Make a list of some things you want to carry out and set aside a couple of hours to get them done.

11. RAKE LEAVES
Do you remember how fun it was to jump in a huge pile of leaves when you were a kid? We have seven trees in our yard, so it was a great way to do some cleaning up and have some fun at the same time.

12. READ A BOOK
Sit down and read a book with your child. My son's favorite book at the moment is "Too Many Pumpkins" by Linda White. The illustrations are fantastic, and we are currently still reading it every day. You can see the book HERE. Head to your local library for some quiet time and see if they have this book available. Your child will love it.

13. GO STAR-GAZING
Days are getting darker sooner, so this is a great opportunity to look at the stars. Can you find the biggest one?

14. VISIT YOUR LOCAL PLAYGROUND
We are very blessed that we have two parks within walking distance of our home. I wouldn't know what to do without them. Most kids are busy with school-related activities, so if you have younger children, this is the perfect time to go.

15. PLAY YOUR FAVORITE SPORT
My son loves soccer, and we had the best time kicking the ball around on our no-spend weekend. Soccer, baseball, and football are all good Fall sports that let you get outside to enjoy the cooler weather.

16. LOOK FOR FREE PUMPKIN FESTIVITIES
I did find one great resource during our no-spend weekend. Check out Bucks Happening's Calendar to see if there are any pumpkin festivals near you. These are great because most activities for kids are free. These things include hay rides, cornstalk mazes, and free games.

17. CHECK OUT LOWE'S FREE CLINICS
I LOVE Lowe's free Build and Grow children clinics. Head over to their website and register your child for any of their free clinics. Their next free clinic is Christmas Ornaments on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 am. Registration opens on November 21st.

18. CHECK OUT LOCAL CRAFT STORES
Michaels is one of my favorite places in the world. They offer some amazing free kid's classes for all sorts of crafts. Check out their website, where they update their free clinics. The next free is clinic is on October 29th-30th. It's called Monster Bash where kids can make a treat bag, get their face painted, and take part in a parade absolutely FREE.

19. GO APPLE PICKING
Check to see if any of your local orchards are offering free apple picking.

20. MAKE SOME HOT CHOCOLATE
Nothing beats some warm hot chocolate and little fluffy marshmallows.

The best way to enjoy a no-spend weekend in Fall is by doing it with people you love most. Unplug, relax, and have some fun!

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"Friend" Your Credit Cards and Bank

Add your credit card issuers and bank to your social media accounts by "friending" or following them. Large institutions usually offer deals to followers, so you can enjoy a lower APR, higher savings interest rate, or other money-saving promos. In fact, according to U.S. News, social media is often the first outlet that banks choose to share news about upcoming deals.

Social media is also possibly the best way to get in touch with customer service quickly, as it will allow you to get their attention more easily. Just make sure to keep your account information, address, and any other private information off the message boards and social media pages.

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Enjoy Travel and Shopping Deals

There are endless travel and shopping deals available through social media. Retailers often choose social media as the first outlet to announce upcoming sales, so their friends and followers are able to take advantage of the biggest discounts first. Followers are frequently offered early deals, as well.

You can find Twitter-specific deals that can save you on everything from rental cars and vacations to eating out and even buying gifts. Before going out to make any purchases, check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to make sure there aren't any deals that you're missing. You can even check social media hashtags, such as #deal, to find the best deals in your area.

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Share Goals

Many financial experts recommend sharing your financial goals online. By setting your goals early and sharing them with the people you love, it can help you articulate what you really want and hold you accountable to achieve your goals. In fact, research has shown that making public statements about goals can help you achieve them more efficiently. However, you never want to reveal anything too personal, such as private information that fraudsters can use against you.

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Get Money-Saving Tips

By following your favorite finance site on social media, you can find endless free money-saving tips and updates. You can also find forums and group discussions with unique money-saving ideas and encouragement from others. You can even find good financial and investment advice online.

Seeing these tips on a daily basis on your social media pages can also be a good reminder each and every day to protect your hard-earned income. After all, we all need a reminder once in a while that we don't really need that new top or expensive latte in the morning.

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Find a New Job

LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool when you're searching for a new job. You can apply for jobs directly through LinkedIn, perfect your resume, and even reach out to potential employers and former colleagues. Contacting them through Facebook or Twitter won't be as effective or as professional as contacting them through LinkedIn.

With LinkedIn, once you have created a professional profile, employers and recruiters can even reach out to you with potential job offers. You can also join LinkedIn groups within your field so you are the first to know about potential opportunities. You can even add examples of your work, recommendations from current or previous coworkers, and any honors you've received to better build your online portfolio.

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Make Connections

Networking through social media can result in better face-to-face communication, potential job offers, and endless contacts in your field. Simply following someone or sharing their social media posts can be a great first step in networking and making connections.

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Build Your Brand

Whether you're promoting your personal business or services, or just want to build your reputation as the best in your field, posting on social media can be a great start. Just make sure to stay consistent so that you can reach as many followers as possible.

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Research More Efficiently

Gone are the days of asking for financial suggestions from friends and coworkers. Whether you're looking for a new financial planner or would like information on which investments to make, you can find more information quickly through social media. With a simple social media search, you can find detailed research on the investment product or financial adviser you're interested in.

You can also find suggestions for dentists and other service providers in your area through social media. This will ensure you get what you're looking for and don't waste money.

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Sell Your Items

If you create and sell items privately, such as through Etsy, social media can be a great free platform for you to advertise your products or services. This can help you bring in more revenue, reach new customers, and show off your work to a limitless audience.

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Make Some Extra Income

There are even ways to make some extra income using social media. If you have a large following, you can publish sponsored tweets or sign up for affiliate accounts, where you will receive your own unique link to earn some extra income when followers make purchases using that link. (See also: 6 Ways to Make Extra Money Using Social Media)

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