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Inexpensive and fun ways to celebrate the first day of autumn

If fall is your favorite season, you’re certainly not alone: many people rejoice when the blazingly hot summer days come to an end. If you’re looking for something fun (yet cheap) to do as you welcome autumn, the following are some ideas:

 

Fruit picking
 
It will vary widely depending on where you live, but in many regions, the beginning of fall is a prime time for lots of different fruit picking—apples, pumpkins, and so on. Compared to the grocery store, you’ll often spend the same (or even much less) by picking your own, and it can be a fun outing for the whole family. PickYourOwn.org is a great resource for finding out what fruits and veggies are available for picking in your area, in addition to listings for specific farms in your town.

 


Halloween events

Even though the beginning of fall is still over a month away from Halloween, it’s not too soon to begin getting into the spirit. Halloween-themed events start to pop up everywhere around this time, many of which offer free or cheap admission. From hayrides to haunted houses, getting your scares in in late September can often save you money with early bird pricing.

 

Stock up on summertime essentials

From swimwear to sunscreen, cooler weather and a change of seasons will mean that many retailers will need to clear their inventory for the fall arrivals. Take advantage of these sales and stock up on what you need, whether you visit your favorite stores at the local shopping mall or shop online. When summertime rolls around again next year, you’ll already have what you need and won’t have to pay full price.

 

Buy a car

Okay, so a car is a big purchase. But if you’ve been in the market for a car for a while now, or your current car is seriously overdue for a replacement, shopping at the right time of year can save you big bucks. According to AutoTrader, late summer/early autumn can be one of the best times of year to buy a new car, so maybe the first day of fall can be the ideal time to make your move.

 

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