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How to Save Money at an Amusement Park

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

These days, theme parks are super pricey, and that's just considering the price of a ticket. If you add in food and a couple of souvenirs here and there, you're looking at a huge expense that might not be in your family budget's best interest. Luckily there are a lot of ways to save money at the park and before you go so you can make that trip a reality.

Plan ahead If you avoid paying for your tickets at the gate, you may save money. Local stores and public libraries may offer discounts, and if you research online you may be able to find a better deal. If you're a member of AAA or a wholesale club, you may find discounts or opportunities to win free passes. Just pay attention to expiration dates so you don't waste your money on a ticket you can't use. Avoid going during peak seasons, which can often cost more.

Pack right Packing a bag with everything you're likely to need during the day is a surefire way to dodge paying for items in the park. Bring along essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera and a sweatshirt. If you want to avoid paying top dollar for snacks inside, bring your own munchies and a lunch, which will probably be more nutritious anyway. Look up your specific destination's rules to make sure it's allowed.

Cash allowance Give yourself and your kids a limited amount of cash to spend throughout the day. When they run out of money, there won't be any question of whether or not there's more to spend. Your wallet will be thanking you later, and you'll get to deal with less whining.