4 Ways to Have a No-Spend Challenge This Labor Day

August 10, 2018 | By Daniel Dewitt

For most of us, Labor Day weekend is a well-earned break, but unfortunately, not all of us have the money to enjoy it fully.

Take the No-Spend Challenge This Labor Day

Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean we get to take a break from bills, and that’s why we’re here today to help you save money this Labor Day weekend. We’ve gone over how to save money for holidays before, but this article is specifically tailored for Labor Day.


Though the classic idea of a vacation is to get out of the state, traveling can be a hassle, especially if you have kids. It’s also expensive. If you don’t feel like dealing with the hassle or expense, another option is to engage in what the kids call a staycation.

A staycation is essentially a vacation where you stay home, relax, and do whatever you want: catch up on your Netflix queue, read that book you’ve had on the shelf forever, or spend some quality time with your kids. It’s not a bad way to recharge over the Labor Day weekend.


If you do want to get out of the house, but still don’t want to spend money, the park is a great option. No matter where you live, there’s a park within an hour drive that’s perfect for a leisurely afternoon.

To save even more money, pack your picnic so you won’t be tempted to eat out before or after. Restaurants are expensive, especially if you have kids.


If you’re used to throwing a barbecue for Labor Day and don’t want to give it up just in the name of savings, don’t worry you don’t have to. But that does mean you’ll have to change things up a bit. Instead of taking on the food costs for all your guests, make your barbecue a potluck.

Have each of the guests bring a dish of their own, or create a list of snacks they can pick from. This will reduce the cost of a barbecue by more than you’d think. And after all, it’s only fair for everyone to pull their weight to make the barbecue a success.

Farmer’s Market

Another way to cut down on food costs for your barbecue is to visit a farmer’s market for your supplies. Farmer’s markets are consistently less expensive than your normal supermarket. And the fruits and vegetables you pick up will be both fresher and better quality than what you’d get there, too. 

If you’re not sure if you even have a farmer’s markets near you, just do a quick online search. There’s more of them than you’d think.

When Skimping Isn’t An Option

If you don’t feel like skimping on Labor Day, another option is taking out a payday loan. They may be able to net you up to $500 in same day cash.