If you're turning 19 and short on cash, don't worry. Believe it or not, you can have an enjoyable birthday without a lot of money. Take advantage of activities and ideas that do not cost a fortune and have a birthday to remember. You're only 19 once, so live in the moment and revel in your youth.
Camping and Cookouts
Camping is a lot of fun if you're an outdoor person. So grab or borrow a tent and sleeping bags and head to the campground. It doesn't cost a lot to rent a campsite. Invite a few friends, and ask everyone to chip in to buy burgers and hotdogs and have a cookout. Alternatively, you can have a cookout in your backyard or a friend's backyard. and play music.
If you're fortunate to live near the beach, take advantage. Poll your friends whether to have a picnic or a cookout. Bring volleyballs or Frisbees, divide up in teams, and play serious beach games. Enjoy swimming and getting some sun, too, but don't forget your sunscreen.
Rent your favorite movies and have a movie marathon at your house to celebrate the occasion. Pick a movie theme and rent only horror movies or comedies, for example, or find movies that have a birthday theme -- "Sixteen Candles" etc., or combine birthdays and horror with "The Birds," which has a dandy kid's birthday party that gets ruined by the bird attacks.. Ask your friends to bring their favorite snacks and beverages.
Go Out to Eat
You're probably thinking restaurants are not cheap. That's true, but many have birthday freebies, such as a free dessert or a free dinner. It depends on the restaurant, so call around and find out. Places like Applebee's, Cracker Barrel, Macaroni Grill, Outback, Denny's and others offer birthday deals. So, take advantage of your special day and get free or bargain eats. Invite a couple of paying friends to help you get in the party mood.
New Adventures Nearby
If you're the type of person who enjoys trying new things, let your daring side out. Research the area where you live and find somewhere difficult to hike -- a mountain or a trail, somewhere challenging. Bring friends to take pictures to commemorate the event and your 19th birthday. Alternatively, take a road trip. Invite a couple of friends and drive to a small town you have never visited and explore everything it has to offer.
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