A Student’s Take: Making Summer Affordable

In this feature, “A Student’s Take,” real-life students share perspective on everything from campus finances to diversity in the college classroom.

Of course you have plenty of activities you would love to do this summer, but it feels like nothing is affordable these days! Now that you are a college student, you understand why your parents always preach about saving money. But don’t worry; fun can be free (or cheap)!

If you need some ideas or ways to spend your summer, and save money along the way, here are a few inexpensive summer activities:

Go bowling

Grab a few friends, and make a trip to your local bowling alley. Make it a competition and maybe even place some bets to make it more interesting! Many bowling alleys will offer coupons or deals for high school and college students, such as free appetizers with the purchase of a game. Crossgate Lanes in Cincinnati even offers free bowling for students all summer long!

Celebrate an obscure holiday

Every day is a good day to celebrate, right?! These holidays will give you an excuse to do just that- celebrate. National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2), National Watermelon Day (August 3), or National Sandcastle Day (August 17).

Go to a baseball game

Although some tickets can be expensive, there are always cheap tickets, too! Some teams, such as the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, and New York Mets offer student discounts during select games if you show your high school or college ID. Buy a few tickets in the nose-bleed seats and invite a couple friends!

Read, read, read

Reading outside on a nice day is the best way to pass the time in the summer. Go to your nearest bookstore and stock up on some good reads. Often times, bookstores will have clearance sales going, where you can find them for cheap. I recommend Half-Price Books!

Go for a bike ride

Bike rides are relaxing and are good exercise, too! Go to a local park and ride around on the bike paths or even ride around your neighborhood!

See a movie at an outdoor theater

Drive-Ins are always fun when you are looking to switch up your normal movie routine. A lot of places will even play two movies in a row, so you get to see two movies for less than the price of one!

These summer activities are sure to be enjoyable and save you money along the way!


This article was written by Annie Beard

Annie Beard is a junior at Ohio University, where she plays varsity soccer and studies in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She is a dog lover, coffee fanatic, and writing enthusiast.

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