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Save Money during Memorial Day

By: / 22 May 2024

Want to honor our heroes this Memorial Day and kick off summer without breaking your budget? There are tons of ways to celebrate Memorial Day frugally. Here's how to celebrate Memorial Day on a budget.

1. Hit the beach

Get out to the beach at the first opportunity! The beach can provide hours of relaxation and fun for the family at little or no cost. Stock up on some inexpensive holiday beach supplies like patriotic-patterned towels and hats to make the day more festive.

2. Host a potluck

If you'll be hosting this Memorial Day, make it a potluck. Ask each guest to bring one dish for a complete dinner that doesn't cost anyone a lot of money. As a bonus, the menu is much more fun when it's varied and prepared by many different cooks.

3. Go easy on the decor

There is no need to spend a lot of money on making your Memorial Day celebration look festive. Spruce up the place with red, white, and blue balloons from the dollar store and add banners for a complete patriotic look.

4. Make a signature drink

Instead of setting up a full bar, make one signature drink for the night. Pinterest has some great holiday drink recipes for free.

5. Look for coupons

Don't go anywhere without first checking if you must pay full price. Pick up some great discounts on restaurant meals, entertainment venues, and more on web sites like

6. Host a DIY sports event

For a fun and frugal alternative to the traditional Memorial Day BBQ, invite family and friends over to your place or meet up at a park for a day of sports and games. You can play flag football or soccer, have a tug-of-war competition, or even drum up a baseball game.

7. Visit historical sites

What better way to spend Memorial Day than checking out historical attractions? Many historical sites host free events in honor of the three-day holiday. 

8. Rent a boat

Enjoy a day out on the water at little cost by renting a boat or kayak from a nearby boat rental service or a private owner. Bring along some snacks and drinks and good music for a fantastic day of water fun.

Use these tips to enjoy a memorable holiday weekend on a budget!

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