Saving Money at the Fair

Posted on August 17th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

It’s fair season around here. We went last night and had fun, but I was also on a mission to be as Thrifty as possible. Here are some things I did and some things I observed as the night went on.

1. Food is cheaper with the locals. At our fair we have two types of food vendors, the ones the fair brings with them and the local people. The local people had better food as well as less expensive food. Our fair also allowed you to bring your own food and drinks, so you could skip buying all together if that works for you.

2. See if you even need ride tickets. We bought tickets for rides when we got to the fair and I am kicking myself for it now. I don’t know what was going on that┬álast night, but we never had one ticket taken from us. This probably isn’t the norm, but make sure they need them before you buy them. Maybe we just had lazy ride operators. All I know is I have $20 in ride tickets in my pocket.

3. Go when you can buy unlimited rides. My fair growing up did this and it was totally worth it because I loved rides. If you aren’t big on rides, skip it though. You need to get your money’s worth out of it if you do it.

4. Skip the games. No really skip the games. They aren’t worth it. They cost too much and the prizes aren’t worth $.10!

5.  Check out the free stuff. There is generally quite a bit of free things at the fair. Ours had some entertainment, a petting zoo, the police station was giving away balloons and the Shriners were giving free train rides. That kept us busy and not spending money for at least an hour.

Have you been to the fair this year? What did you do to save money?

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