A little over a month ago I told you how I saved serious cash on Six Flags passes for my family. Now the rubber meets the road and here’s what I observed from taking my 5 year old daughter on her first trip ever to a theme park! Spoiler: You can do it without going crazy! Here’s how!
1. Go With A Plan… and Snacks!
Before leaving for the park take 30 minutes or less the night before and identify what are your must-dos! For me, this also involved identifying what rides my daughter could and couldn’t ride due to height restrictions. Next mark in your phone what rides are of interest, and then when you arrive at the park get a physical map and circle the numbers of those rides. This will help you not have to bounce all over the place trying to remember or find them. You could use your phone for all of that if you like, but I find it’s a lot easier to get the folded map from your pocket versus your phone which may have needed to be secured or stored due to the nature of the ride you were just on.
Make sure to bring some sort of snacks with you to defray the cost of food, which is INSANE. $14 for a tray of Asian food. No exaggeration… and no drink either. I brought my Camelbak to refill in the park and share with my daughter, and then went truly dad style with my oh so sexy black hip pack (it’s not a fanny pack really!). In the hip pack I put a few things: Larabars, Clif bars, Luna bars, and then on top a couple grocery store plastic bags and a ziploc freezer bag. The latter I used to secure my stuff in on rides like the rapids or such so they wouldn’t get wet. I also had my ID and debit card in the front zipper pocket. This plan allowed me to be hands-free except the water bottle which is extremely helpful. There’s nothing worse than carrying stuff around a theme park.
In our culture today there is a common belief that has overtaken society in the span of 60 years or less. You need debt to get by. It’s impossible to stay completely out of debt long term. But is this really true? Let’s take an honest look at the issue because I believe debt free is the new sexy.
A Lesson From History
Do you know how the credit card came to life? Watch this clip from the History Channel.
As of October 2014, 64% of all Americans now own a smartphone and that number is only rising. With smartphone and tablet ownership comes the responsibility of knowing how to use them and the most dangerous aspect is how much money you can burn with irregular app purchase that beckon you to spend money with a simple tap. Today, I’m going to show you how to be prepared and equipped to control that spending and optimize your app dollars.