Have you ever gone to your favorite theme park destination with the kids, but wondered How To Save Money On Snacks In Amusement Parks? We have all been there and wondered how to find the extra money to give everyone what they want and need to eat without breaking the bank. With so many theme parks asking you to not bring food inside, it can be a real struggle to keep your expenses down. Here are some tips we have gathered through the years that really help to keep costs down while giving us the food we need while in the park.
How To Save Money On Snacks In Amusement Parks
Pack your own snacks when allowable. Some places actually allow you to bring in a cooler and snacks. Check the attraction website in advance to see if there are days they allow this and plan to visit on those days. This is usually a special weekend each month.
Pack a cooler and leave in your car. Even if they don’t allow coolers in the park, you can easily pack and leave in your car. Almost every amusement park will allow you to leave and enter again on the same day with a hand stamp. Plan to go out to your car a few times during the day for a snack or meal break. While you may not be able to eat in the park easily, you can still save money by bringing you favorite items with you.
Buy a meal and split up for snacks. This is one of our favorite ways to save money on snacks in amusement parks. Many options for meals in the concessions stands are only marginally more than the snacks themselves. Buying a sandwich, wrap and chips may cost around $10, but you can easily cut that sandwich into 4-5 portions to serve as a snack for each family member to have. Instead of spending $5 each on popcorn, nachos, funnel cakes or ice cream – you can spend a fraction of the price by truly making snacks a small amount of food in between meals that is satisfying and tasty.
Buy the dining plan offered by the park. Many parks offer a discounted dining plan. Depending on your needs and how long you will be in the park, this can be a great choice. If you are planning to stay all day long, a discounted menu plan can provide you and your family with full meals for up to 50% off regular prices. Before you buy ala carte, ask the guest relations person if there is a discounted dining plan to save you money.
These ways to save money on snacks in amusement parks will help you be able to give your kids more fun times together riding rides. It is easy for a family of four to spend up to $200 just on food in one day in a thee park. These tips can stretch that budget farther, and help you to afford an extra day or two in the park instead.
Waste not, want not is a common phrase we all grew up hearing and trying to live by. It is definitely possible to get the most out of your groceries when you follow some simple tips. Here are just a few of the many ways to get more bang for your buck.
Be prepared. It’s super important to have a supply of freezer bags, plastic containers, and ample space in your freezer. It takes no time at all to get those leftovers and extra meals ready to go for another time.
Freeze leftovers. Now that you are stocked up on supplies, prep the leftovers into individual servings for next day or next week’s lunches.
But local and fresh. Whenever possible, buy your produce locally at the supermarket or a farmer’s market only one to three days before using. They are fresher, last longer, and taste better.
Buy in bulk. When your favorite pantry items go on sale stock up and save. If you have the room, double up and go back for that extra savings. Careful with dairy and deli items since they won’t last as long as canned and boxed goods.
Stay organized. Speaking of your fridge and pantry, keep it organized so you always have a good idea of what you have on hand. This makes your shopping list easier to make and to stick to.
Don’t overbuy. Whatever you do, don’t go shopping on an empty stomach. Make that list, get coupons ready, and stick to it as best as you can. Try to stay away from the end aisles of the store too. They are packed with promotions that usually aren’t needed.
Save it. When making homemade soups and stews, make sure you are saving and freezing any leftover stock. Using ice cube trays is a great and easy way to freeze it and have available for future recipes. This is especially helpful when boiling chicken or beef. Save that wonderful stock.
Share. If you are making a big Sunday dinner and have too many leftovers, share with friends and neighbors because you never know when the doorbell will ring with dinner for you.
If you aren’t lucky enough to live close to Disneyland, you will surely need a place to stay while you are there. Since the area is so heavily made for tourists, there are so many options and that can make it hard to figure out exactly which one will work for your family and your budget. Here are some tips for ways to save money on Disneyland accommodations to make trip planning a little cheaper.
Skip the Disney hotels- This one is probably a given but it is alluring to want to stay there especially if you can get a deal as a package from a travel agency. The truth is, though, you will easily spend a lot more to stay at these places and honestly, there are hotels that are within short walking distance from the park that it isn’t worth the extra cash. Additionally, many hotels offer free shuttles to the park as well!
If you can’t forgo the Disney hotel experience, go off-season and look for discounts. The off season is the best time to find deals up to 30 or 40% off for the resorts and for packages.
Consider staying at a Bed and Breakfast.– Sometimes, Bed and Breakfasts can be an excellent value, especially if you plan to go off peak season. Generally speaking, they aren’t a good option for a large family, but a small one could easily find accommodations for less the $100 a night. When you throw in the breakfast that comes with these kinds of stays, this is a great deal.
Go Camping! Did you know there are several RV and campsites near the park or within close proximity so that it would only be a short drive? Many of these parks offer both tent and RV spots so if you are close enough to take your RV there, this may be an excellent option. You can also rent RVs for less than you would pay for a hotel per night.
Check out the “Good Neighbor” hotels– Disneyland has a bunch of hotels in different price ranges right across the street from the park that are affiliated with Disneyland and can offer some great packages for staying near the park on a more reasonable budget. These book up fast, though, so make sure to book early.
Check online for discounts and deals on places you are considering staying. Don’t just take the price these hotels tell you on the phone with reservations. Instead, go online and try to Google discounts with the name of the hotel and the word ‘discount’. Also, make sure to check out sites that are designed to save money on hotels such as travelocity or Orbitz.
Utilize discounts already available to you. If you are military, some hotels offer discounts and Disneyland itself often does.
Be flexible with your dates when planning your trip. Prices can change week to week. Start planning early and jump on deals when you find them.
How to Use Thrift Stores to Save (and How to Avoid Going Broke When Shopping Them)
Do you like shopping at thrift stores? They’re a fantastic way to save money on the things you need for your home and family, but they can also be a great way to go broke. It is easier to spend money at a thrift store than a regular store. The reason is that you see lower prices and by default, you don’t worry too much about what you’re spending. Learning how to use thrift stores to save money but how to avoid going broke when you do can take time, but it’s also a skill that will keep you saving your entire life.
Go in with a list…sort of – Thrift store inventory varies greatly which means that you can’t go in looking for a very specific item. What you can do however, is go in with an idea of what you’re wanting. If you need new items in your kitchen, you can go in and look at what they have on hand. If they have what you need, great. If not, you’re not out anything other than a bit of time.
Have a spending budget – While going thrift store shopping with a specific list can be hard, going in with a budget is not. Make sure that you have set a very specific amount that you can spend before you shop. You may also want to pull that amount out of the bank in cash so that you don’t overspend.
Inspect clothing carefully – Thrift stores are amazing for finding “new” clothing for your family, but if you’re not careful, you could end up with clothing that is ripped or stained badly. To be sure that you’re getting a high quality product, carry it over near a window. The natural light will allow to inspect it fully in good lighting versus sometimes dim and yellow store lighting.
Test electronics and appliances – Another thing you’ll want to do before you buy is be sure that you test all electronics or small appliances. Yes, some stores may test their items but why risk it? If you purchase a bad one, you’ll waste money on that item. Most thrift stores have plugs and extension cords available for you to be able to test something. If not and if they won’t accommodate you testing? Walk away from the item.
Don’t settle – When you need a specific item, it can be tempting to settle on an item that is lower quality, especially when you’re shopping thrift stores. Don’t make this mistake as it usually leads to wasted money since you’ll have to replace the lower quality item sooner rather than later.
Shop tag sales – Finally, a great way to make sure that your thrift store trip saves you as much money as possible and that you don’t waste money is by shopping the tag sales. Most thrift stores will designate a specific color tag to be discounted each day or week. These items can be as much as 75% off of their regular price. By filling your cart with only these items, you’ll get what you need for a much, much lower price.
March is Family Eye Health Month. Sears Optical is offering up several printable coupons that you can take with you to your next eye appointment, including Buy One Get one Free Eyeglasses or RX Sunglasses, 50% Off Eyeglasses with an Annual Supply Purchase of Contact Lenses, and Free Lenses for Children 18 and Under. Schedule eye appointments with your family before the end of the month to take advantage of these great deals!
Miss Sarah has a hefty goal. She wants an iPad, like some of her friends have. We told her, that if she saved HALF, we would pay the difference.
WHY am I making my kiddo save over $200 for an iPad?
Some of her 6-7 year old friends, that got them for Christmas, have already ruined theirs.
They have been left in the yard when it rained, in the driveway to be backed over, thrown across a room, dropped off a boat….
I my opinion, somethings have very little value when they aren’t worked for.
SO, Miss Sarah is working for it. To date, she has saved $153.25 and it was all small, simple things like today.
One grandpa saves cans for her. A LOT of cans.
Every few months we take them to the recycling center…
Miss Sarah grabs the big barrels, we dump the bags of cans into them, and haul them over to the scale.
Today — we netted $14 or 28 pounds of cans.
That brought her up to $153.25. She has had a lemonaid stand, used birthday money and more. I am super proud of her!
What do you do to help teach your children the value of things?
Today we are going to talk about the Village Hearth Bread Outlet in Madison!
It’s at 326 West Main Street, Sun Prairie
Phone: (608) 834-2181
Bread Outlets are a GREAT way to save money on bread! You can save up to 80% off the store prices but need to keep a few things in mind:
- Some is “old bread” that has been pulled out of the grocery stores when they do their restocking
- Some is “over run” that wasn’t used to stock the store shelves as they stores hadn’t moved enough
- Some is “irregular” that wasn’t able to be used for the stores
No matter WHICH outlet store you use, they all have their own different specials. Here are the one for this store:
- Mondays = Senior Citizen Day!! 25% off your order
- Wednesday and Saturday = Discount Day!! 25% off your order
This store DOES have an offer about animal feed — you can buy old bread, in bulk for feeding your livestock, while supplies last.
No loyalty or punch cards here…just the discounts
They DO take credit cards and do NOT take bills over $50.
**Keep in mind that NOT everything in the store is a deal! They often stock chips, pretzels, jams/jellies, mixes, etc – and these items are NOT a bargain! You also can’t use coupons at an outlet…so don’t get excited about that $.75/1 Bread coupon you were thinking you could bring here. (sigh)
We do have another Bread Outlet in the area — I’ll chat about it next week!