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How to Save Money When Going to the Fair

by AdvanceFinancial | September 1st, 2016


Funnel cakes, rides that make you puke, and a whole lot of beauty pageants. Yep, It’s fair time in Tennessee, and if you’re like a lot of parents, a trip to the county fair with your kids can really set you back, especially if payday is weeks away. Between ride tickets, buying food, and playing carnival games, your pocket book will soon start to feel weightless. But have no fear; Advance Financial and our money saving tips are here. Below you will find some creative ways to save money while still having fun at the fair with your kids.


If you have an oversized purse, then use it. Just like the trickery used at the movies, pick up some candy apples, cotton candy, and other goodies at the local grocery store or Wal-Mart and shove it in that purse. When your kids start begging for the overpriced sweets, just pull out the good stuff. You’ll save a substantial amount of money by not purchasing the over-priced food at the food trucks and vendors. Try to also fill up their bellies before you go that way they won’t have as much of an appetite.


It may seem your children have enough energy to keep them going forever, but sooner or later they are bound to tucker out. Now of course you will have to give in and eventually let them ride some rides and play some games, but first do all the free stuff. Try to spend half or a quarter of the day looking at the exhibits, seeing the livestock, and joining in on any field games or free shows your Fair may be hosting. Spending more time and energy on the free stuff will wear them out and possibly have them ready to go home before you completely empty your wallet.


There are usually many companies that pay to be sponsors for the county fair. If you or your spouse work for a company sponsoring the fair, you could get discounted admission tickets. Check your local Fair’s website to see if they have special discounted days for specific groups and their families, like military, educators, or employees’ of companies who are sponsors. Most fairs in Tennessee also have a student discount day where admission is either free or significantly reduced for students.


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