How To Save Money On Experiences As A Family

May 23, 2016

Access pass– many states now offer families living within poverty guidelines the option for reduce admissions and memberships.  This is a wonderful thing, if you qualify for it.  Utilize it!

Memberships- If you can afford an annual membership, buy it!  It is so worth it, and if possible splurge for the option to bring friends.  We can bring two people with each membership we have, and by doing it every time I’m allowing my friends the opportunity to go somewhere wonderful for a cheaper price and I’m stretching my membership benefits further.  Don’t forget to ask for memberships in lieu of gifts at holidays from family members!

Free & Discounted Days- Many places offer free or discounted days at their locations.  Check their websites, get on their email lists, etc.

Cultural Passes- Does your library offer a cultural pass?  Some libraries have passes that permit you to visit area museums and zoo passes for the whole family.  You can borrow them for the day, and can access whichever venues you pick for one full day.

Groupon- Groupon has some great options. We snagged gym memberships, karate lessons, and some restaurant deals prior to coming out here.  Groupon offers huge discounts!  I’m talking 30-80% off.  I have been highly impressed with the things I’ve found. In fact, the jumping house I posted about on Wednesday, I bought a Groupon for.

Kids Bowl Free – kids bowl free offers two bowling games for kids free every day in summer.

Bible School- many churches offer free or very affordable bible school programs!  They are generally a week long, usually from 9-noon.  They educate your kiddos on God’s glory and his life.  They are fun, and some of the best memories I have from my childhood summers.

Kids Skate FreeKids Skate Free offers free roller skating for kids.  Check out the link to see if your rink participates!

Already free stuff- parks, libraries, splash pads, beaches, and lakes.  I strongly suggest checking out your recreational facilities website to see what free stuff exists around your community.  Libraries are always hosting fun events.  Area performers dropping by, story times, crafts, summer reading programs.

Enter giveaways- This might sound crazy, but entering those community giveaways on social media or what have you.  You can earn some great prizes!  I’ve had friends who have won year memberships to local children’s museums.  It’s a long shot, but you never know unless you try.




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This Messy Season is a blog serving families through practical tips for nurturing their families, emphasizing quality time and adventure. Helping young families bloom where they're planted, embrace their mess, and thrive through a series of honest, blog posts highlighting realistic travel tips, favorite products that simplify the work load of families, and family entertainment.

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