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How To Balance Fun And Saving

How To Balance Fun And Saving

June 07, 2023

A common dilemma that professionals face is how to have fun without spending too much money. It can be tough to strike a balance between enjoying yourself and preserving your finances. However, with some forethought and planning, it is possible to have a good time without breaking the bank. Here are some examples of fun activities that don't break the bank.

Go For A Hike

One great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise is by going for a hike. There are many trails available, both in urban and rural areas, that are free or very low cost to access. This is an excellent activity for all ages and can be done alone or with a group. Here are some of our favorite places to hike around Northern Arizona:

  1. Castle Rock Trail in Sedona
  2. Red Mountain Trail in Flagstaff
  3. Pump House Wash in Sedona
  4. Kachina Peaks Wilderness Trails in Flagstaff
  5. Mt. Baldy Trail in the White Mountains
  6. Marble Canyon in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 
  7. Buffalo Park

Camp Out In The Outdoors

Many people believe camping is a great way to have fun while sticking to a budget. By setting up camp, you can get a break from the hustle and bustle of city life without breaking the bank. Plus, camping is a great way to bond with friends and family and get in touch with your inner child. The point of camping is to get away from expensive hotels and restaurants. To save money on a camping trip, consider cooking your meals over a campfire, packing light so that you don't have to pay extra baggage fees, and choosing a campsite close to home.

Find Free (or Cheap) Music 

Did you know that there's free music in Flagstaff? Whether you're a music enthusiast or simply love the ambiance of live performances, free music events provide a fantastic opportunity to do something fun without spending a dime. From outdoor concerts in Heritage Square to the $5 Flagstaff Foundry community talent show, there are numerous ways to discover and enjoy the talents of folks right here in town. With the wide range of genres and styles available, there's something for everyone's taste. So grab a blanket, round up your friends or family, and indulge in the melodies that uplift your spirits. Free music brings joy and entertainment and allows you to create lasting memories while keeping your budget intact. So go ahead, embrace the rhythm of the season, and let the enchanting power of music make your summer truly unforgettable.

Volunteer in Your Community

Give back to your community by volunteering your time and skills. Not only will you save money, but you'll have a chance to meet new people. Find local organizations or charities that align with your interests and spend a day helping others. Not only will you have fun, but you'll also make a positive impact. If you have a specific organization you love or cause you're passionate about, try reaching out to see if there are any volunteer opportunities. If you're not sure what you'd like to do, check out Northern Arizona University's list of Greater Flagstaff Volunteer Opportunities.

Discover Local Deals

If you do a little digging, you're bound to find local deals that make having fun a little more affordable. For example, some restaurants offer discounts for students and teachers throughout the year on specific days of the month; yoga studios often offer classes for first-time yogis; Lowell Observatory sometimes has a free community night... the options are endless if you're ready to start digging! If you want to explore more museums, zoos, and other cultural and scientific venues in Arizona, check out the Flagstaff City/Coconino County Public Library's Culture Pass

Start a Game Night

If you want to balance fun and saving, how about Jenga? Invite some friends over and have them bring their favorite board games and card decks, or even hook up a video game console. It's a great way to spice up your social gatherings and a creative way to have fun without spending any money! Bonus: make it a potluck so you can share tapas with your friends.   

Visit Family

Visiting family can be a great way to have fun and save money at the same time. Balance the two by planning and budgeting for travel and activities. Stick to free or cheap activities that everyone can enjoy. This will help stretch your dollars further while still allowing you to enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Keep an eye out for coupons and deals on entertainment and dining options in the area. When visiting family, the activities you do are less important than the time you spend together. By being mindful of your spending, you can have a great time without breaking the bank.

Find Free Art Shows

Many towns and cities have free First Friday events where you can wander around town and look at local art. Flagstaff's First Friday Art Walk happens the first Friday of every month. You can see local performances in Heritage Square and wander through shops and galleries downtown to see gorgeous art - for free! 

Explore Your State

Finding a balance between having fun and saving money can be difficult, but it's important to find ways to enjoy life without breaking the bank. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to have fun without spending a lot of money. For example, travel doesn't have to be expensive. There are plenty of beautiful and interesting locations right here in Arizona. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, you can find affordable options that suit your needs. Plus, staying close to home saves you on travel costs like airfare and lodging. So next time you're looking for some fun, remember that you don't have to go far or spend a lot of money to enjoy yourself. Balance Fun and Saving: You don't have to sacrifice one for the other!

The Team's Favorite Places in Arizona

If you're looking to have some fun without breaking the bank, here are some of our favorite vacation destinations staying in-state:

  1. Tucson- If you're looking for an affordable vacation destination with plenty of activities and sunny weather, Tucson, Arizona, is a great choice. The city is home to several parks and museums, as well as being surrounded by hiking and biking trails.
  2. Camping in the White Mountains- Camping in the White Mountains is an excellent budget vacation option for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. The area is home to countless hiking trails and several scenic lakes and rivers.
  3. Camping at Whitehorse Lake in Williams- Whitehorse Lake in Williams is a great budget vacation destination for those who love camping. The lake is situated in a picturesque location surrounded by mountains, and there are plenty of hiking and fishing opportunities in the area.
  4. Under Canvas Grand Canyon- Under Canvas Grand Canyon is a vacation destination that offers visitors a unique camping experience. Nestled in the heart of the Grand Canyon, Under Canvas Grand Canyon provides guests with stunning views of the canyon and access to a variety of activities.
  5. Airbnb in Phoenix- Phoenix is a great budget vacation destination for several reasons. First of all, there are many free or low-cost attractions, such as the Desert Botanical Garden.
  6. Clear Sky Resorts - Grand Canyon - Unique Sky Domes- This resort is located in the heart of the Grand Canyon, and its sky domes offer breathtaking views of the canyon.

Live In The Moment

One of the best ways to enjoy life without spending money is to live in the moment. What this means is that you focus your attention on the present moment and savor the experience instead of worrying about the past or future. Living in the moment helps you appreciate life's simple pleasures. When you focus on the present, you are less likely to dwell on worries or fears. Instead, you can relax and enjoy the moment. Finally, living in the moment can help you connect with others. When you are fully present with another person, you are more likely to forge a deeper connection. So next time you find yourself wanting to spend money on a new experience, try living in the moment instead. You may be surprised at how much enjoyment you can get without spending a dime.

You Focus On The Fun. We Focus On The Savings!

As any professional knows, finding the balance between work and play can be a challenge. With the demands of a career, it can be easy to let your personal life fall by the wayside. However, it is important to find time for fun, even if it means getting creative about how you spend your free time. There are plenty of ways to have a good time without breaking the bank. If you're looking for ways to have fun without spending too much money, Benefit & Financial Strategies is here to help. Our team of experienced professionals can assist you in planning your finances so that you can focus on having a good time. Contact us today to learn more!