How the frugal family uses local guides:
- Our state sells its book of historical markers for only $3.50. Spotting the distinctive plaques all over town is a favorite game.
- Check your city's visitor center for free walking/driving tours and historic maps.
- Local wildflower and tree guides, often written by area colleges, can help you incorporate native/roadside/free plants in your garden.
- Antique shopping and outlet guides help you find hidden resources like factory seconds or salvage yards in industrial parts of town.
- Check the library's regional travel guides for activities "off the beaten path" or day trips you never knew existed so close to home.
- Don't forget the ultimate free local guide: the Yellow Pages! Stash last year's book in the trunk of your car for free information on the run.