When you think of Memorial Day, you often think of barbecues warm weather, great sales and an extra day off of work. While these are all great, it’s important to remember what Memorial Day is really about. Memorial Day is a time to honor those who are serving or have served for our country. These individuals have sacrificed all the things we get to enjoy on Memorial Day to fight for our country and freedom. It’s important not to lose sight of the things that really matter and recognize why we get to enjoy an extra day off this Monday. If you see a veteran or active member of the United States Armed Forces, don’t forget to thank them for all they do. They have one of the most physically and emotionally demanding jobs there is.
Memorial Day is a time to honor the United States Armed Forces, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your three-day weekend with family and friends. If you’re like most people, you plan on taking advantage of the long weekend by traveling and taking advantage of all the great Memorial Day sales. No matter your plans, we’ve compiled some tips on ways you can save money while enjoying your weekend.
The most cost-effective way to spend your weekend would be to stay home. This is pretty obvious and might not sound like the most exciting option, but this could create a great opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your family. You could enjoy the outdoors by going to a park or have family and friends over for a potluck barbecue, so you’re not stuck making and paying for all the food.
If you’d like to have decorations, games and entertainment at your get together, Pinterest offers a plethora of frugal party ideas. One great Pinterest to check out for hosting a frugal party is Heidi from The Frugal Girls. Her Pinterest features several party resources such as organization tips, snacks and appetizers, kid’s crafts and activities, and DIY party décor. Her Pinterest is just one of the many resources you can use for hosting a budget-friendly Memorial Day barbeque.
If hosting a party is not in your weekend plans then maybe traveling is. If you plan on going out of town, there are several ways you can save money during your mini-vacation. Before you leave for the weekend, make sure you check your tire pressure. Your tires should all be equally inflated to the proper amount; this ensures that you’ll get optimum gas mileage and in return you’ll save on fuel costs. When you do have to fill up, you can make sure that you get the best price of gas around by using the GasBuddy app. This app will pinpoint your location and give you directions to a gas station in your area with the lowest price. While you’re traveling, pack a cooler with snacks and drinks for the trip. By doing this you’ll save time, money, and not to mention your waistline.
One of my personal favorite things about Memorial Day is all the great sales that stores like to have. This is a great opportunity to save on the things you need or want. Like those beautiful, over-priced shoes you’ve been lusting after all month. Yeah, those could be yours this weekend and with a few tips you’ll be able to get them for the lowest possible price.
If you know where you’ll be shopping this weekend, go to GiftCardRescue.com and purchase a discounted gift card to the store where you’ll be shopping. This is the first way you can save. Next, search for any current coupons that the merchant is featuring. You can do this by checking out sites like RetailMeNot or mobile couponing apps like SnipSnap. These will give you the most current coupons for whichever store you plan on shopping. Last, take your discounted gift cards and coupons to the store with you this weekend. Lots of new items will be marked down for the holiday weekend, so apply these to your purchase. These are three great ways you can save this weekend, and when you apply them all you can save a boat-load of cash!
I hope all these tips help you to save money this Memorial Day weekend! No matter how you decide to spend your weekend, make sure you find some time to relax and enjoy your extra day off! Remember, if you see or know a member of the United States Armed Forces; thank them for all that they do!
Have a great holiday weekend & happy savings! :)