Frugal Living – Taking advantage of local parks.

On the road to financial freedom, cutting costs can be just as important as finding ways to increase your income. If you’re the outdoors type, one great way to entertain yourself for a day at a minimal cost is to take advantage of local parks. You can easily spend a whole day hiking and biking with friends and family for less than the cost of dinner and movie. Another benefit is that you get some exercise and as I’ve mentioned about in other Healthly Lifestyle posts, maintaining your physical health is just as important as building your financial health.

Today I spent the day at Turkey Run State Park here in Indiana. The weather was great, the trails were awesome, and my family and I had a great time spending the day together. The cost for this fun-filled day was just a $4 entrace fee per vehicle, the lunch we packed, and of course of cost of gas to get us there and back. For 6 people and a dog, we probably spent less than $50 for the whole day.

So if you’re looking for something fund to do on a weekend, like the outdoors, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, a day at a local state or national park is a great way to do all that. If you enjoy camping, you can turn a trip like this into an entire weekend getaway and spend a lot less than you would going to a hotel and eating out every meal.

If you’ve visited some of parks in the Midwest, feel free to leave a comment or a review. I’ve been to a lot but I still have a lot to see and would love to hear from some of the readers or their parks’ experiences.

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