Now that we’re all moved, unpacked and finally settling in, I’m glad to get back to my normal routine of posting and commenting regularly in the blogging community. Last month was rough, and between meeting deadlines at my day job, freelance writing and blogging I was super busy and time just flew by.
At the end of each month, I’m usually shocked at how fast the weeks have gone by and I still can’t believe it’s practically summer already. Last week I realized that I don’t want to get so caught up in my day-to-day tasks that I don’t stop to enjoy every bit of summer to the fullest. I would be so upset if August and September rolled around and I didn’t feel like I stopped to take time to enjoy my summer and create lasting memories with loved ones.
This is why I decided to create a summer bucket list of things I want/need to do this summer for myself and hold myself accountable for it just like I would any other goal.
I don’t plan on traveling this summer and my bucket list isn’t extravagant by any means. It’s pretty frugal actually, but it’s good enough for me. I know everyone doesn’t budget but I live by it because it helps keep my finances in order and maximize my savings and debt payments.
I will be switching over to my new and improved budget next month and I’ve allowed myself about $50/month for entertainment and around $60/month for dining out. I usually combine the two so that’s about $110 to spend on leisure activities each month and I can always borrow from other categories of my budget or save/plan ahead depending on the activities I’d like to do.
I split my bucket list up into 4 main categories
Things To Do with Family and Friends
-Grill out and attend cookouts as much as I can
-Become running buddies with my little sister who is training to join a track team in the fall. (She’s super in shape and since I know I want to be active this summer, I know she can definitely teach me a thing or two)
-Visit my community pool often
-Throw a house warming get together with friends when we officially get settled in
-Visit my sister and her husband in the city and spend some time catching up
-Attend my church’s annual picnic (Haven’t been able to attend in the past few years)
-Go horseback riding
Things To Do with My Son
-Go on bike rides together
-Ride the train to the city and visit the Children’s Museum
-Go to the zoo
-Have a picnic at the park
-Go to several local carnivals with rides
-Watch movies at the park
-Attend a 4th of July parade -Teach him how to rollerblade / go skating
Things To Do By Myself
-Create something artistic. I’m an Aquarius so I’ve always been the creative type, but lately I’ve been longing to complete an artistic project of some sort whether it’s a canvas painting, sewing something, making jewelry or pottery etc. Basically anything that gets me away from the computer
-Get a massage
-Get into a good book
-Find a community yoga group
Frugal Date Ideas
-Go kayaking or canoeing. (We actually plan on doing this on Saturday or Sunday. Each year there’s a paddlesports festival in my town where you can register for a free 2-hour kayaking or canoeing lesson based on your skillset. These past two years we’ve done kayaking so I think we’re going to do canoeing this time. )
-Attend a concert
-Drive out to the city for a night on the town
-Visit the state park again
-We still need to go ziplining! 🙂
If I can do all of these things, it would be one enjoyable summer. I certainly wouldn’t be wondering if I could have done more or made better use of my summer if I can knock out most of the things on this list. There’s only about 10-12 weeks left give or take so I’d better get started now.
Have you made your summer bucket list yet? How do you plan to make the most of these next few months? Is there anything you think I should add?
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