Summer always seems to end too soon. It’s no wonder that Labor Day weekend is such a popular weekend for families to fit in one last getaway. But after a summer full of activity, some years you—and your finances—could benefit from taking it a little easier over the holiday weekend. Though that doesn’t mean you can’t still give the season a proper send-off and have some fun. Browse these budget-friendly Labor Day ideas for some inspiration on activities that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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Plan a Staycation

One simple Labor Day idea is to cut out the travel and enjoy a vacation of sorts in your hometown. If there’s a certain activity you and your friends or family have been meaning to check off your bucket list, the long weekend might just provide the perfect opportunity. Whether it’s a trip to a museum or a day at the waterpark with the kids, there’s can be boundless options available for you all to enjoy. If your budget allows, you can even grab a hotel room to make it feel more like a getaway.

Head Outdoors

During the waning days of the summer season, it’s a great time to take advantage of the outdoors before colder temperatures come your way. If you’re all set up with camping gear, you can plan an overnight trip for a reasonable price at a campground near you. However, if a night in the wilderness is not quite your thing, you can also just head to your preferred park grounds and set up shop for a picnic and a day in the sun. Whether your time in the great outdoors involves roasting some s’mores over a crackling fire or just lazing in that summer sun, there are plenty of ways to save on a fun weekend.

Get a Little Help from Your Friends

When creating your summer budget, a cookout is a fantastic, fun Labor Day weekend activity that doesn’t have to be expensive. Bringing friends, family, and neighbors together for a barbecue that ends the summer season always makes for a great Labor Day idea—and hosting it doesn’t have to be hard on your wallet. Rather than stressing over—and paying for all of—the cooking this year, suggest a pot luck. Not only will you save on costs, but you’ll surely add some variety to the Labor Day menu.

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Ultimately, it doesn’t take too much to enjoy a long summer weekend, provided the weather cooperates. Use these Labor Day ideas to plan out the perfect grand finale to your summer, without feeling the need to overspend. With the right amount of flexibility—and the right people to spend it with—your weekend will be one to remember.

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