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10 Fun And Inexpensive Amusement Parks You Can’t Miss

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10 Fun And Inexpensive Amusement Parks You Can’t Miss

With summer coming close to an end for many families, this is the time when they may begin planning their final family trip before life goes back to normal. Visiting an amusement park is a great way for families to enjoy themselves without having to spend a boatload on having fun. Aside from a ticket, transportation, and food, costs are usually minimal aside from a souvenir here and there. Today, let’s take a look at ten fun but inexpensive amusement parks from across the country that you should add to your list of places to visit.

Hersheypark – Hershey, PA

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    Hersheypark is located in the city of Hersey, PA. It is a well known amusement park for the area and attracts tons of visitors to Lancaster County, PA every year. Tickets per adult is $52.95 and per child is $31.95. However, while being the second most expensive on this list, it still comes with a big bang for your buck. There are a ton of rides, and you’ll find yourself paying less than $50 for a full meal for your whole family of four.

    Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, CA

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      Knott’s Berry Farm isn’t actually a farm, but the amusement park in Buena Park, California. Originally owned by the jam producers of the same name, Knott’s Berry is a classic amusement park that offers visitors a break from Disneyland. There are two parks, Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City, their adjacent water park. Pricing for both parks is $60, however if you want to just enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm, you’ll only have to pay $45 for yourself and $35 for children and grandparents. Visiting on a hot day and just want to visit Soak City? They have a pass that allows you to pay $30 for yourself and $26 for the kids.

      Cedar Point – Sandusky, OH

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        Cedar Point is one of the oldest in the country and is equipped with over 70 rides. When you add in lines and the number of hours in a day, you won’t be able to experience them all in one visit. The park, brewing with attractions, even has three water rides in that total. Pricing, done by height, is $45.99 for those over four feet and $19.99 for those under four feet. If you are a senior citizen, you’ll be able to enjoy the $19.99 ticket price as well. You’ll find yourself paying no more than $60.00 for food while there.

        Kings Island – Mason, OH

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          Another Ohio favorite is Kings Island in the city of Mason. Kings Island is a must-see for those looking to have amusement park fun at an amazing price. With nearly 50 rides, the park is a value for adults, paying $33.99 and kids costing $29.99 for a full day’s fun. While kids are a little more here than at Cedar Point, you won’t find yourself paying more than $40 for a meal for a family of four. If you aren’t sold by the price just yet, the fact that admission also includes enjoyment in the Boomerang Bay water park should have you packing the car now for some summer fun!

          Michigan’s Adventure – Muskegon, MI

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            With a slogan like “Two Parks for the Price of One, Thrills Connect”, there’s no doubt Michigan’s Adventure would make our list. Located in Muskegon, Michigan, this water park has a total of over 50 rides and the second park, WildWater Adventure is located adjacent to Michigan’s Adventure. Single-day admission is $29.99, a general price for all family members over the age of three. However, their two-day admission ticket allows you to save $10, for $49.99.

            Disneyland – Anaheim, California

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              Disneyland is the most expensive on this list, however, you get the most bang for your buck. This Anaheim, California park is a vacation in itself for those outside of the California area. However, if you are from Southern California, or even other parts of the state or neighboring states, Disneyland can be a great way end to the summer. After the $72 price tag for adult tickets and $62 for children, you can find yourself able to save money with food. Unlike other, smaller and cheaper parks that may up charge on food, in Disneyland you have a choice of fine dining and cheaper eats that can total a little over $35 for the whole family.

              Knoebels – Elysburg, PA

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                From the most expensive, but still affordable amusement park on this list Disneyland, to one that is practically free to get in to, Knoebels is a great way for individuals to tailor how they want to spend their amusement park day. Being free to enter and park, you only pay for an unlimited park pass if that’s what you like or a hand stamp for the rides you’d like to enjoy. This means that those not inclined to certain roller coasters can still enjoy family day without feeling left out or wasting admission. For a family of four, your whole day will only cost around $100, not just food.

                Schlitterbahn Water Park – New Braunfels, Texas

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                  It is still summer after all, so Schlitterbahn Water Park is an amusement park we had to feature for those looking to cool off in the last few dog days of summer. The award winning water park isn’t simply your run-of-the-mill slip-and-slide water park. Schlitterbahn allows you to enjoy everything water related, from water coasters to beaches and even a bit of surfing to mix things up. A one-day adult admission is $47.99, while your children and senior citizens are $37.99 each.

                  Six Flags – North America

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                    Six Flags is a household name in amusement parks and they are friendly to your wallet, believe it or not. While their one-day pass saves you only if you are certain you will only visit a particular park once, and that’s it, their Play Pass could be a much larger savings. for $8 more than their $51.99 for adults ($32.99 for kids) pass, you can have access to all of Six Flag’s parks around North America. This means from Montreal to Texas, you can enjoy what Six Flags has to offer.

                    Dells Water Parks – Wisconsin Dells, WI

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                      Imagine a water park, brimming with H20, open all year-round, in the middle of America. That’s a water park you’ll find in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Dells Water Parks features both indoor and outdoor water fun, allowing the park to keep some parts open during various parts of the year. The grouping of parks include Noah’s Ark (largest in the US), Chula Vista Resorts, Mt. Olympus, and Temple of the Black Pearl. Each park ranges between $20 – $39.

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                      33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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                      In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

                      Some easy ways to save money:

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                      1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
                      2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
                      3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
                      4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
                      5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
                      6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
                      7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
                      8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
                      9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
                      10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
                      11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
                      12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
                      13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
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                        • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
                        • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
                        • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
                        • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
                        • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
                        • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
                        • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
                        • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
                        • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
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                        • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
                        • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
                        • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
                        • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
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                        • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
                        • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

                        Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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