Frugal Ways To Celebrate Fall Without Pumpkin Spice

By | September 24, 2018

It’s officially fall! The leaves have started changing colors, the morning air is now brisk and refreshing, and pumpkin spice has made it’s return to every store near you. But before you rush out to get your hands on everything pumpkin, there are countless other ways to celebrate the change in season that doesn’t involve a trip to Starbucks.

  1. Go apple picking: There’s no better way to kick off fall than picking apples from your local orchard! Take the kids or go with friends, then brainstorm ideas of what you can do with all your apples.
  2. Celebrate Oktoberfest: It just wouldn’t be fall without Oktoberfest. Find a local celebration and indulge in beer, sausages, and pretzels!
  3. Admire fall colors: While you may have to fight off other fall color chasers, take a drive through the Kettle Moraine State Forest, hike up Holy Hill trails, or take a weekend getaway in Lake Geneva.
  4. Make an apple pie: Have you nailed down your apple pie recipe? Take a weekend to try different recipes with your friends and family, and narrow it down to your favorite one.
  5. Decorate the house: There endless ideas out there for fall decorating! Make a trip to your craft store and change up your decorations.
  6. Pull the sweaters out: Put away your shorts and tank tops, and break out your comfy sweaters and scarfs! That’s right, it’s officially sweatshirt weather.
  7. Visit your farmers market: Your local farmers market has a completely different selection than it does in the summer! Pick up your sunflowers, gourds, or apples for eating, decorating, or just plain fun.
  8. Host a bonfire: It’s just cool enough that a wood-burning fire feels good in the evening, not to mention the toasty warm marshmallows.
  9. Go to the drive-in theater: While there may not be many drive-in theaters left in the area, you can always host an outdoor movie party with a mini projector and warm, fuzzy blankets!
  10. Plant your spring bulbs: October is the time to plant bulbs for those beautiful blooms in early spring. Daffodils, tulips, and irises should all be planted in the fall before the first frost.
  11. Visit a winery: October is a great time to visit wineries. Go for an inexpensive tasting and participate in some of the special harvest events.
  12. Make a pot of chili: Celebrate all that fall bounty by making a warming pot of chili or soup (these go great with Sunday Packer games!)
  13. Knit a scarf: If you’ve been wanting to learn to knit or crochet, fall is the perfect season to start. Show off your new scarf in the cooler weather or give it as a hand-made Christmas gift!
  14. Take a family picture: Capture a family portrait, perfect for Christmas and New Year cards, by posing your family among the gorgeous fall colors and snapping a photograph.
  15. Go on a trip: Off-season prices make fall a great season to travel, and a great way to get in some last minute warm weather.

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