We are big roller coaster fans, for those of you that don’t know. (And yes we are in the front seats, and yes there is no one else on the coaster because we ran.)
But I also know many people will be hitting the parks for a summer vacation. Where ever you are headed try some of these tricks and see if you can’t save a buck or two.
- When flying just a take carry on. I know everyone knows how the prices have jumped, but you can do it. Kids as young as 5 or 6 can pull their own suit case. Just give yourself more time and of course don’t over pack them.
- If traveling by car take advantage of any gas coupons in the Entertainment Book or the Kroger stores are offering 10¢ off a gallon of gas.
- If headed to a theme park never pay full price. Look around on pop cans, websites and even deals the companies offer themselves. Six Flags was offering a Buy One Day get a Season Free. This runs through June 5th.
- Another way to save at a theme park if they aren’t running the above mentioned deal is check on the season pass. Often times it’s cheaper to buy a season pass than 2 day passes. AND you will often times get coupon books and FREE parking.
- Buy 1 oz size sun tan lotion. These can go on the plane. Often times 8 of these will equal an 8 oz bottle for the exact same price. (provided you didn’t use a coupon) You don’t have to take to time to buy when you get to your location. You can bring the leftovers home as opposed to leaving it behind.
- When at amusement parks ask for cups of water. Most places give them out for free. All Cedar Fair parks and Six Flag Parks do this.
- They won’t give you water? Then buy from the vending machine. It will save you a few cents here and there because you won’t be paying tax.
- Take your own snacks into parks. You don’t need a ton and you don’t even have to pack a separate bag for them. Just make the boys wear cargo shorts and throw in enough to last until your meal.
- Use Hotwire to book your hotel. It’s a great resource and with a little effort you can figure out what hotel you are actually booking.
- I say this over and over, but watch Groupon or Living Social for the city you are headed to. See if they have any great deals on activities or food.
Looking for more ways to save on Theme Parks this Summer? Here are some of the things I mentioned, plus more ideas.
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