En­joy fall fun—for less!

You can en­joy all that au­tumn has to offer—in­clud­ing foot­ball games, out­door ad­ven­tures, gar­den­ing and crafts—while keep­ing more cash in your wal­let!

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Get sports tick­ets on the cheap!

Want to root on your fa­vorite foot­ball team this fall but dread the high cost of tick­ets? Sign up for your team’s fan club and you’ll be the first to hear about special dis­count days, bonuses and pre­sale pass­words that let you avoid high-priced re­seller fees. That’s be­cause team own­ers ap­pre­ci­ate loy­alty, so they want to re­ward their big­gest fans with their best money-sav­ing of­fers!

See parks for free!

If you en­joy spend­ing time out­side to bask in the crisp fall air and gaze at chang­ing leaves, visit your lo­cal pub­lic li­brary. Many offer free passes to state parks and out­door his­tor­i­cal sites, so you can avoid the en­try fee! Sim­ply use your li­brary card to check out the passes like you would a book. You’re usu­ally given about a week to use them or can re­serve a spe­cific date.

Cre­ate crafts on a shoe­string!

Want to make au­tumn-themed crafts to adorn your home or give to fam­ily and friends? It doesn’t have to cost a bun­dle! You can find free and low-cost classes that walk you through how to con­struct wreaths, cen­ter­pieces and more in per­son at Michaels crafts stores (Michaels.com) and on­line at Craftsy.com. You’ll find free knit­ting pat­terns for cozy hats, scarves and shawls at Loveknit­ting.com/ us/free-knit­ting-pat­terns.

Get a break on fall gar­den­ing!

Now’s the time to add plants that flower in win­ter to your gar­den, like Christmas roses and pan­sies, as well as bulbs that pro­duce flow­ers in spring, like daf­fodils, irises and tulips. The good news: You can find free and low­cost plants, bulbs and seeds at Craigslist.org and Freecy­cle.org! They’re typ­i­cally ex­tras from avid gar­den­ers and land­scap­ing com­pa­nies who ren­o­vate yards. Also, look for deals at lo­cal nurs­eries since they of­ten slash prices of ex­ist­ing stock to make room for in­com­ing Christmas trees!

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