Spring break should be about letting your inhibitions go and taking a break from responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean you should go on a spending spree. Here’s how you can save money and still get the most out of your spring break:
- Host a BBQ or potluck. Grill up some burgers and have your friends bring all the sides.
- Tour a brewery. Get a group of friends together to sample local microbrews.
- Have a yard sale. Go through the closets, get rid of clutter and sell your old textbooks. Advertise for free on Craigslist and Facebook.
Take a day trip
- Spend a day taking in the views at Smith Rock.
- Play in the spring snow at Mt. Bachelor, Hoodoo or Paulina. Look for ski specials or hike and ride for free.
- Go spelunking at the Redmond Caves.
Go on a mini-getaway
The Oregon Coast
- Visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport – donations accepted.
- Tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory for free and sample their famous ice cream.
- Explore tidepools, lighthouses and bay fronts.
- Walk along the waterfront.
- Get lost in Powell’s Books, the largest bookstore in the world.
- Forage for food at the Farmer’s Market.
House-sit for an out-of-town family member, preferably one with a hot tub.
Spring Break Sangria
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 (750 mL) bottle dry red wine,
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds
- Maraschino cherries
- 2 cups 7-up
Directions: Mix together brandy, juice, red wine and triple sec. Add fruit. Refrigerate overnight. Add 7-up just before serving. Makes 6 cups.
Looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink?
Omit brandy, wine and triple sec. Replace with cranberry and grape juice.
First year COCC nursing student Anna Quesenberry is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.