Fall bring cooler weather and lots of fun for the season! These ways to Save on Fall Family Fun will help you stay on budget while still making family memories.
So many families have fall traditions of apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches, and other outings. But it can get expensive, especially when you have a big family! These tips may help.
Ways to Save on Fall Family Fun
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Check daily deal sites
Use daily deal sites like Certifikid and Groupon for discount tickets to your local pumpkin patch, fruit orchards and other fall outings. One year, I found a great deal for a pumpkin patch near us bringing $15/person tickets down to $5/person for six of us.
Last year, we found discounted tickets for my teen and his friends for a super scary Fields of Fear event at a nearby farm. Share your finds with friends! Then you can earn referral credit (depending on the site) to bring your out-of-pocket cost down even more.
Visit on non-peak days
Our local farms and pumpkin patches often have lower ticket prices on weekdays. Some even offer $5 value days for specific dates. To find out when those are, see the next tip.
Connect with your faves
Follow your favorite fall festivals and farms on their Facebook and other social media pages. You'll hear about coupons/discounts and find out about giveaways you can enter.
Pack your own food and drinks
Whether you're headed out for a hike or to a pumpkin patch, packing your own saves money over expensive food stands. Budget for some special fall foods–like apple cider donuts and pumpkin pie–but reduce your other expenses by bringing drinks and snacks from home.
Attend events at stores nationwide
Lakeshore Learning has free arts and crafts every Saturday morning for kids ages 3 and up.
Home Depot offers a free kids workshop on the first Saturday morning each month.
Michaels Arts & Crafts has seasonal crafts, and some are free to attend.
Find free fun outdoors
Fall is the perfect time to explore parks near you. Find a new-to-you playground, visit a national park in your area, or just head out for a hike.
Ask around in your neighborhood and moms' groups for other suggestions. Here in Northern Virginia, there are a few plant nurseries where you can bring your toddlers for all the “pumpkin patch” fun without spending $10-15/person.