Guest Post by Amy Hunt
Because our summer had been pretty unexciting so far, we planned a family fun week: five days of local, inexpensive outings. To get the kids excited about our week, we taped up a square paper for each day which my son decorated with what we were going to do.
Day 1 — North Clackamas Aquatic Center: We had one BOGO coupon from the Chinook Book and one from the Entertainment Book. Retail $32; we spent $16. And because we can’t leave the house without eating, we stopped for McDonald’s ice cream cones on our way home.
Day 2 — Oregon Zoo: We went on a Second Tuesday $4 admission day for $16 total, instead of $36 plus $4 to park. We got lunch out (as I said, we are eaters) using 2 free kid’s meals coupons for Taco Del Mar from the Summer Reading program at the library. We spent $10 instead of $17.98.
Day 3 — Oaks Park: First we had a picnic at Sellwood Park for a free lunch. We then used coupons for two ride bracelets from Library Summer Reading and purchased one more for $10 (which is their Wednesday deal). Retail $45, paid $19.50.
Day 4 — Portland Children Museum: Using the Cultural Pass from our local library, we got 3 people in free. I used a$1 off coupon from the Chinook Book to save on the last ticket plus $4 to park. Retail $36; we paid $8.
Day 5 — Oregon Coast: No money spent, but none saved either!
We spent a total of $73.50. Without coupons/deals it would have cost $176.98. A savings of $103.48!
There is still time to squeeze in more summertime fun! Be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Portland Family Fun series, the Portland Staycation post and the comprehensive list of Pacific Northwest Summer Fairs & Festivals.
What are some inexpensive local places you would recommend?
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