Fall is a time for turning inward. After a social and outward-facing summer, we are drawn into ourselves in the autumn. This autumn I am drawn to creating more than consuming and saving more than spending. I am drawn to cultivating myself instead of critiquing others. I am drawn to beauty, simplicity, and embracing change. No matter what season of life you are in, we all find ourselves in this same season of fall.
I have compiled a list of activities to live frugally and beautifully this fall. This is my autumn bucket list to make the most of this favorite season:
Go Apple Picking
For me the closest local apples are about an hour north in the mountains so taking a beautiful fall road trip will be a great way to enjoy the beauty and coziness of autumn!
Make homemade decor
I have always been a crafter but this year I am experimenting even more with creating my own decor. Last week I made Acorn Garland to decorate my mantel and it turned out so festive!
But don’t do this too early in the season or they will rot on your porch!
Go on a hike to see the leaves
One of my favorite ways to explore new places and spend time with loved ones.
Ponder and journal
I also feel very pensive in the autumn and need to do some journaling in order to direct my journey inward.
Bake fresh sourdough
There is nothing more fall than homemade soup served with warm sourdough! It is also a great time to experiment with new recipes if you are a regular baker. I made Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Sourdough this summer and it was incredible.
Visit a pumpkin patch
There is no better way to get in the autumn spirit. I love seeing all the cute kids exploring the pumpkins.
Go to your local farmers market
I love going to shop local or just wander around and look. Put yourself on a budget if you are trying to be frugal or just window shop.
Do some fall foraging
In my neighborhood, I can easily find acorns, dandelions, and much more. Here is a great guide to get started with foraging.
Host a bonfire with friends
On a cool autumn evening, sit by the fire in your favorite flannel, and don’t worry about how smoky your hair will smell! Have everyone bring different s’mores supplies, or experiment by making your own marshmallows.
Declutter your home
Over the summer we spend so much time out and about that cultivating a cozy home is not a priority, but the fall is a time to look inward. I love making my home a retreat from the world and this cannot be done when there is junk everywhere!
Learn to knit or crochet
In the warmer months, I always let my knitting go and spend time outside on adventures. As soon a fall hits I am called back to cozy yarn crafts. Knitting is the perfect way to nestle into a cool evening with a cup of tea and a blanket. It also helps to start knitting Christmas presents early!
This can be a frugal way to take a fall trip. Most campsites cost less than $25 a night. If you are really feeling frugal, you can also reach out to any friends or family with land and do a little backcountry camping on someone’s property. Get your hands dirty and connect with nature!
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