Being a smart shopper is a good philoso
phy to live by and one that you can apply to all aspects of your life, and it isn’t that hard to do. Try thinking about it this way: you work hard to earn your money so take a minute to think before you blow it. Believe me, there will always be someone quite always happy to help spend it so it’s up to you treat your money wisely and be smart about how decide to spend it. THIS is the key to ‘living life large on less!’
Whether it’s March Break, summer holidays or weekend fun, taking the extra time to do your homework will make you a happier consumer, keep you on budget and perhaps allow you to enjoy a few more trips than you thought with all the savings you will enjoy! Check out my blog posts, become a member of my Bargain Hunting Momma Facebook Group
& the Family Fun Listing
regularly to stay up to date on the latest offers & deals since I list these deals for you and save you the time. Happy Savings!
DAY TRIPPING FOR LESS!
Summer time involves lots of day trips and visits to cool attractions so before I head out anywhere, doing some advance research will almost always save me money. With a family of five, I am always looking to save a little cash wherever possible as anything times 5 really adds up and even saving a few dollars off each admission can equal great savings.
FINDING THE DEALS
GOOGLE & ONLINE SEARCH
A simple Google search like “discounts or coupons for XXXX” is all you need to do and you will be surprised at how many hits you will get. One tip is to be sure to type in the current year as there will be lots of old ones that come up too and if nothing comes up, modify your search using the words “deal”, “savings” or hot deals”. Sometimes I have to dig a few pages deep but I can almost guarantee you that some kind of savings will be uncovered.
Another easy way to find savings is to go to the company’s website and look for a Hot Deals, Coupons or Specials tab which may reveal special promotions happening. Most places have at least one day a week where admission is discounted so once you find out when these offers are, you can plan your trip around them. Simple planning like this can save you a ton of money.
Attractions Ontario Website – many good offers province wide
DAILY DEAL SITES
Take advantage of daily deal sites for other big savings. Groupon, Kijiji Daily Deal, WagJagand many others often offer wicked savings on attractions so keep an eye out and try something new. Try searching the city you are planning to visit as well since you don’t always get to see all the deals from your account. Just be careful to read the fine print on restrictions and expiry dates.
CAA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS
If you have a CAA membership, they often offer a 10% or 20% savings at the gate which adds up when you multiply it by the number of guests in your party. Other cards offer discounts too so don’t forget about these easy ways to save.
JOIN the Bargain Hunting Momma FACEBOOK PAGE
If you live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area or Southern Ontario, you should join my Facebook Group called Bargain Hunting Momma to ongoing savings. This is an active community of smart shopper ladies (and a few men) who love to share their passion for saving with others. The deals come fast and furious so get ready for lots of updates and members can join in the fun. And of course, it’s FREE!
ENJOY YOUR SAVINGS!
The money you save can either be left in your wallet or applied to other purchases that come up throughout the day, like snacks, meals, arcade games, souveniers or other little extras that ALWAYS come up and might otherwise have put you over budget.
The thing I like best is that by saving at the gate, I feel less pressure to stay all day to get my money’s worth since I haven’t invested as much cash in the day. So when the kids get bored or want to leave earlier than planned, I am less likely to get stressed about leaving early since I haven’t invested my life savings in the outing.
#. WATER PARK DEAL
I recently took advantage of a local water park’s Anniversary Deal which offered admission to it’s park for the super low price of $5.20 each on that day only. I knew it was coming (they do it every year) and I planned ahead to go on that day. There were 7 of us (3 adults and 4 kids) and it only cost us $41.00 + for a full day of fun which would have normally cost $176.00! I saved a ridiculous $135 and quite frankly, wouldn’t have gone for full price as it was just too expensive. This is a perfect example of some advance planning saved me big bucks.
#2. 20% Off Admission – Science Centre
Coupon for 20% Off found on Attractions Ontario website. Regular prices – $22 per adult, $13 per child = $83 – almost $12 HST – final entry price = $95.
Here’s where the coupon comes in. It was only good for 4 (and we are 5) but even so, we used the 20% Off Coupon and saved a whopping $14 off the top and ended up paying only$69 + $9 HST or $78 SAVING $17 — so it really adds up!
Many places offer a discounted admission once a week at a certain time, usually an off peak time. Plan to go then and you can enjoy serious savings. Most movie theatres offers a Tuesday deal for around $5 each so I can take my entire family for about $25 -$30 versus breaking the bank at about $45- $50. Trust me! You will feel much better about the money you spent and your wallet will be happier too!
How do you save? Share your tips!