7 ways to celebrate Memorial Day 2016, under $25

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Photo credit: @best.memorialday.ideas/Instagram

Happy Memorial Day weekend.

CelebratingMemorial Day weekend doesn’t have to be break the bank. In 2015, Americans spent an average of about $200 on Memorial Day weekend on food, beverages and shopping, according to a Goodshop survey. To avoid blowing your rent money this go around, we’ve compiled a list of five ways to celebrate Memorial Day for under $25.

1. Throw a Memorial Day party
Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be lavish. Throw a casual get-together by having your guests bring something: their favorite dish, cheap refreshments, chips and dip, celery — you see where we’re going. Not only does this cut down on costs but it ensures there’s a little bit of something delicious for everyone. For music, grab the closest radio, computer or MP3 player.

2. Go camping
What better way to kick off the unofficial start of summer than with a getaway? According to ReserveAmerica.com, you can find campsites that only charge $5 to $10 a night. Pack inexpensive foods like hot dogs, buns, beans, chips and granola bars, for a fun-filled weekend of free outdoor activities, like as hiking, swimming and fishing.

3. Go to the beach
Spending the day at a local beach means spending next to nothing. So, grab your swim gear and soak up some sun!

4. Host a movie marathon
Trying to beat the heat? Host a movie marathon. Sure, you can go to the movies for under $25, but you can get a lot more bang for your buck if you plan an in-home movie day with close friends. Stock up on candy and hit up the Redbox. Since renting from Redbox costs just about $2, you can spend more on snacks.

5. Go to a music festival
For those in a metropolitan area, check your local tourism sites for festivals. It’s a great way to get a lot of entertainment for a dime on the dollar. In fact, many festivals, like the Atlanta Jazz Festival, are free. Suburbians, don’t dismay. You may be surprised to find many local shopping centers hosting small festivals or carnivals.

6. Try a local parade
Can’t make it to a major event? Check for parades scheduled in your area.

7. Let Groupon be your guide
Groupon, Living Social, Scoutmob — all great resources to use when hunting down holiday promotions. Ranging from mani/pedi packages to go-kart racing and diverse cuisine, there’s a little something for everyone.

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