Treasure Hunt for Outing Discounts
By Shannon M. Medisky
Hey, I like getting out and about just as much as the next guy or gal. Maybe even more so. As a work-at-home mom, I’m usually confined to the four walls of our smallish condo all day, every day, leaving only to take my kids to school. This and staring seemingly endlessly at my computer screen can, yep, leave me feeling very stir crazy. Getting out, though, can cost a tidy sum especially in this economic climate. From the price of gas to the cost associated with various entertainment options, the anticipatory costs could scary anyone right back into staying at home. Take heart, though, because with a bit of planning and an adventurous spirit, you can give into your need to get out without hanging your budget out to dry.
Take advantage of who you know to increase your potential savings. Carry any and all association and organization membership cards with you at all times. You’d be surprised how much money such associations can save you. Take homeschooling parents, for example. A small upfront investment in homeschool ID cards reap savings throughout the year such as educational discounts on books, travel and – at some restaurants – even dining! With such an ID, homeschool parents are entitled to the same discounts available to public and private school teachers, and that can add up to a whole lot of savings! (To find out more about low-cost, professional ID cards for homeschooling parents and children, check out HomeSchoolID.com.)
Planning an outing with friends and family can also save you cash as many establishments offer discounts to larger groups. From discounted movie tickets to a discount on museum admittance to a better price on cruise tickets, sometimes committing to sharing the fun at the same time can also mean more cash in your pocket. Hey, the more the merrier, right?
Get online to click and print savings prior to leaving home. Take a moment to do a quick search online for printable coupons that you can use once you reach your destination. Businesses that count on your discretionary spending to make a profit are competing heavily in this economy and this usually shows up in the form of coupons and discounts ready for the taking. Make these companies work for your dollars by helping you save more of them. Visit their websites frequently to print off any available coupons. Not doing so is simply throwing money away. Found a great coupon for a favorite location? Bookmark it and use it again and again to enjoy the outing and the savings.
Traditional coupons are now more plentiful (and useful) than ever. From the Entertainment book to coupons that find their way to you via the mailbox, tried-and-true coupons can be a budget minder’s best friend. And don’t forget to check the back of your grocery store receipts, either. From coupons for dining out to local beauty salons, these small coupons can reap you big savings and big fun. Is nothing but blank paper staring you back in the face? All is not lost. Check out RTUI.com and MyPoints.com for click-and-print coupons accessible via your local zip code.
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