Fall Bucket List

Autumn is officially upon us and soon the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be here. But in the meantime, what are some fun things you can do with your loved ones during the fall?

We’ve rounded up a fantastic list of must-do fall activities that you will absolutely love. The best thing is…they won’t break the bank. Because no one has to spend a bunch of money to have fun, Check out these ideas here!

1. Go Camping

Winter is on the horizon and this is the last chance you’ll have for a while to enjoy time outdoors without shivering the whole time. Make the most of it and take one last camping trip of the year.

Leave the iPads and Netflix behind and spend some time in nature. Scientists are discovering an ever-increasing list of physical and mental health benefits of spending time outdoors. Feeling skeptical? Just ask anyone who has spent some well-needed time in nature.

Worried about spending too much money on the trip? There are lots of places where you can camp for free!

National and state parks tend to be pricey, but you can camp in national forests, grasslands, and the Bureau of Land Management lands for free. You just have to be willing to forego amenities like bathrooms and showers.

2. Camp in Your Backyard

If camping in the wilderness is a little too adventurous for you, keep it closer to home. Camping in the backyard is also free and can be an exciting adventure. It also comes with a big bonus — it is accompanied by electricity and running water.

Regardless of where you camp, be sure to build up a nice fire, swap ghost stories, and roast marshmallows. There’s something mesmerizing about watching the crackles and pops of the flames while enjoying that sticky, chocolatey goodness.

Couple that with spending time with your loved ones and this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

3. Road Trip!

Camping might not be your thing, but a road trip might catch your fancy. Fall is a wonderful time for a family drive, particularly out in the country where the colorful fall leaves are on full display.

You can make it a day trip that will only cost you some gas, or book an inexpensive Airbnb in a nearby town. This is a particularly great idea if you can find a quaint little town nearby.

Go on a walking tour of the area, enjoying the fresh air and small-town atmosphere. Walk through the historic section to check out the old houses and wonder at days gone by. Stop in at the local cafe for a slice of homemade apple or blackberry pie.

You might be surprised at how relaxing it can be to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while.

4. Go Hiking

Autumn is the perfect time to go hiking. During summer, hiking gets really hot and sweaty. Fall weather is cool enough to make your trek pleasant, but not so cold that you’re fighting numb toes and fingers.

Plus, when you get to the top, the colorful vista before you will make the hike more than worth it.

5. Participate in a 5K Walk/Run

Another great way to get exercise is to participate in a 5K walk/run. It’s almost guaranteed there will be one going on somewhere nearby. Organizers like to take advantage of the pleasant fall weather for events like these.

The entrance fee for community race events is generally pretty low. Plus, many of these races are put on to raise money for a local non-profit. In that case, your entry fee will be tax-deductible.

Furthermore, you can help with the fundraising by encouraging others to participate in the race with you, or sponsor your ticket if they’d prefer.

Helping others is always rewarding and you get a fun day out of the deal as well!

6. Fall Festival

There is more than one way to party in the fall. From Oktoberfest to harvest parties to Halloween parties, there is something for everyone.

The entrance fees are usually pretty cheap, and some are even free to get in. You’ll have to pay for refreshments, games, and candied apples, or you can just stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere.

For bigger savings, consider volunteering at the event or joining the organizing committee. Usually you’ll get a few tickets as a thank you, plus the satisfaction of being a part of something that brings joy to others.

7. Make Your Own Halloween Costume

September is almost gone already and Halloween will be upon us before we know it! Get prepared (and save some money) by making your own Halloween costumes this year.

Storebought costumes can get pricey, especially if you want something that looks halfway decent. But your local thrift store is your friend when it comes to making your own costume. Get a little creative and you can craft something exquisite out of a few cheap thrift store finds.

Plus, you’ll have a whole lot of fun with your family digging through the bins and browsing the racks, looking for the perfect materials. It’s almost like you’re on a search for buried treasure!

Wondering what kinds of costumes you could possibly find at a thrift store? Here’s a big list of ideas to get you started!

8. Scary Movie Marathon

Planning to stay in on Halloween? Or maybe you’re getting in the spirit before the big night comes. Regardless, having a scary movie marathon with your family can be frightful fun!

Get some fall delights like apple cider and pumpkin donuts to enjoy while watching witchy classics like Hocus Pocus or Ghostbusters.

9. Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is perhaps the quintessential fall activity. Start the adventure by taking the whole family to the supermarket to pick out their favorite pumpkin. You can pick up cheap carving kits almost anywhere this time of year. If you don’t want to buy anything, kitchen knives, pocket knives, and any other sharp tools work for carving as well.

If you have small children, you might paint the pumpkins instead of carving them. Regardless, it’s an inexpensive activity with a bonus — the finished products serve as decoration for Halloween!

Pro tip: don’t throw away the seeds, save them to make roasted pumpkin seeds. They make a delicious snack to go with your movie marathon.

10. Make a Gratitude List

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it doesn’t hurt to sit down and think about the things you’re thankful for. This activity doesn’t cost a dime but the riches you receive from it are priceless.

Make it a fun time with your family. Take lunch to the park for one last picnic and make your lists there. Talk about the good things that have happened this year and the hopes you have for the next one.

No matter how much life knocks you down, there is always a reason to smile. Sometimes you just have to actively look for it.

Help with paying your bills this winter

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We also want to provide some ways for you to save money, so here are a few tips and tricks:

Warm clothes and warm blankets: Instead of cranking the heat all the way up, put it up a few degrees and then bundle up with a sweatshirt and a warm blanket! This keeps you warm, and may actually be even more comfortable.

Home cooked meals: Not only do home cooked meals save you money, but they can also help warm your house. When you open the oven the heat transfers into your home (much quicker than opening a door does in the summer). Here is a link to some winter recipes: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/top-20-winter-recipes

Lights: Turning your lights and electronics off can always be helpful, but it is even more important in the winter when other bills will be going up. At the end of the night do a quick sweep of your home and make sure everything is off!

Coupons and Sales: If you look hard enough, you can find a good holiday sale to save you some money! When it comes to gifts, another good way to save money is by making someone a gift rather than buying.

The Cash For Whatever Team

Best Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving is widely regarded as one of everyone’s favorite holidays. There are many reasons why it is peoples’ favorites, including the day off from work, spending time with family, football all day long and of course… THE FOOD! In this article we will discuss some of the best/most delicious dishes that can be served on Thanksgiving.

TURKEY: This is the staple of the Thanksgiving meal. Everyone loves turkey, and here is a recipe for “The Perfect Roast Turkey” https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-turkey-recipe4-1943576

Macaroni & Cheese: Mac n Cheese doesn’t make it to everyone’s Thanksgiving, but when there it is one of the best options. Here is a good Macaroni & Cheese recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/macaroni-and-cheese-recipe-1952854

Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Most Thanksgiving meals include either yams, sweet potatoes or both! Here is an awesome recipe for “Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey & Cinnamon”: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/roasted-sweet-potatoes-with-honey-butter-recipe-1946538

Stuffing: You can’t go wrong with some good ole fashioned stuffing. This recipe is for your basic stuffing, which is sure to be a hit! https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/basic-stuffing-3361773

Apple Pie: You can’t beat an apple pie for dessert. The worst part of the Thanksgiving meal is that you can’t eat the pie right away. Here is a great recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/apple-pie-recipe-2011423

Everyone has their own version of the Thanksgiving meal, but the previous items are some of the most common ones to be featured at everyone’s tables. We hope everyone has a happy & healthy Thanksgiving!

Here is a list of 50 recipes from Food Network: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/top-50-thanksgiving-recipes

October Holidays

October is here, and with it comes Fall, pumpkins, hot chocolate, Halloween and so much more! In this post, we will highlight some of the holidays you know in October, and maybe some of the ones you don’t as well!

October 1st: National Coffee Day The month of October starts off with a very important day, National Coffee Day! Maybe you need to wake up for the Fall season, and what better way to do that than with a nice cup of coffee!

October 4th: National Golf Lovers Day Depending on where you live, the golf season may be coming to a close. This is the perfect excuse to get out on the course one last time, before it is too cold!

October 12th: Columbus Day One of the few federal holidays of October is Columbus Day. The holiday is increasingly controversial due to the catastrophic impact of European settlement on native populations. Consequently, several states do not recognize the holiday and others celebrate it as Native American Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

October 21st: National Apple Day You know what they say, an apple a day, keeps the doctor away!

October 31st: Halloween This is the big one, the holiday that everyone looks forward to all year! It’s time to dress up, trick or treat and eat some candy! Happy Halloween!

Holidays in September 2020

September is an interesting time of year. Half of the month is in the summer, and half of the month is considered to be in the fall. It can still be filled with lots of football, fun and outdoor activities! Some notable things that happen in September are the leaves changing, the start of American Football, many kids beginning school and there are a lot of holidays or “important” days in the month of September. Here are some of them below:

September 7th: Labor Day

September 11th: Patriot Day

September 13th: Grandparents Day

September 18th: The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashana (followed by Yom Kippur on September 27th)

September 22nd: The first day of Fall

September 29th: National Coffee Day