With the weather getting warmer in most parts of the country, it’s an ideal time for self care and
vitamin D. If you are looking for the perfect budget friendly idea to enjoy the spring weather, pack your bag, grab a friend or some art supplies and head to your closest park.
Grab a Blanket from your Closet
You don’t need to have a perfect blanket to enjoy the outdoors. Grab a large blanket or sheet you don’t mind getting dirty, or head to a Goodwill and pick one up for a few dollars.
Pack Inexpensive Wine
Grocery stores like Trader Joe’s offer many budget friendly options for wine for under $10, which can add a fun or romantic feel to your outing.
Bring Materials From Home
Adding the expense of plastic wear to your budget is not good for your bottom line or the environment. Get creative with what you have and use plates from your kitchen to serve and prepare food items. It’s beautiful outside and hosting a picnic with friends can be the perfect way to disconnect from technology for a bit. Ask everyone to bring a different art supply, and create a painting or drawing together. This could also be a great opportunity to soak up the sun and finish that book you started over winter and forgot to finish!
Transporting the Goods
If you don’t have a picnic basket, reusable bags or brown paper bags will work just as well! A cooler can be nice for keeping things cool. If you don’t have one and don’t want the added expense, you can use a cardboard box with ice in it wrapped up in a garbage bag. Use the bag later to clean up!
Plan the Menu
Skip the meat when you head out, as this can cause extra hassle with keeping it at a safe serving temperature, as well as inflate your budget. Stick to in-season foods when you visit the grocery store to keep your expenses low. Fresh fruit salads, hummus and sweet breads are all perfect to bring with you on the road. Don’t forget to bring water!
I recommend the recipes in this blog article from Love and Lemons for delicious (vegetarian friendly) ideas!