It seems the calendar is moving quickly these days, and we find ourselves nearly halfway through May. With that, Memorial Day—the “unofficial beginning of summer”—is right around the corner.

Maybe you and your family enjoy taking trips for the holiday, or you’d rather just lay low and enjoy an extra day off from work. Either way, it’s easy to take full advantage of the long weekend without draining your wallet! Check out a few ideas for a relaxing, money-conscious weekend below.

  1. Head to a friend or family member’s house for a visit.

Instead of renting a lakeside cabin, you can use this time to visit and catch up with a friend or family member who lives far away. You won’t have to shell out for lodging, and you can offer to cook for your host while you enjoy your time together. And hey, sitting outside with an ice cold glass of sweet tea and your BFF is just as good as hanging out on a boat at the lake!

  1. Host a barbecue potluck.

Don’t want to go anywhere, but still want to see some loved ones over the weekend? Make your house the hosting site for a barbecue and ask guests to bring certain food items or dishes to share. Spread the cost out, so everyone can enjoy a good meal without spending the money to feed an entire small army!

  1. Explore some of Nashville’s best outdoor spots.

You don’t have to travel far to take in the great outdoors on this Memorial Day weekend. Head to Radnor Lake for a hike by the water, or venture out on a family picnic (check out some ideas and spots for the perfect Nashville picnic here!). If you have friends that own a boat, see if you can all get together for a day on a nearby lake. You’ll get that “summertime kickoff” feeling, minus the hours spent in the car to drive to a destination.

  1. Stay home and do what makes you happy.

In a busy season of life? Take the weekend to catch up! There’s no shame in using the extra day off from work to regroup and recharge your batteries after several weeks or months of charging ahead at full speed. Stay in your pajamas until noon. Watch an extra hour of your favorite show. Read by the pool. Do something just for fun, like baking or working on a hobby or craft project. Give yourself the space (and grace!) to breathe and refresh yourself while you have the extra time.

Above all else, find a way to do something you enjoy over the holiday weekend! Whether it’s a road trip across the state or just a full day of lounging with your dog at home, enjoy the long weekend and the start of summer.



Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at