summer fun http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14324/all en-US 23 Cheap Summer Date Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_couple_chasing_each_other_on_bike.jpg" alt="Happy couple chasing each other on bike" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's summertime, and the options for a romantic date are endless. They also don't have to cost you very much. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather and spend some quality time with your boo, using these ideas on how to keep your summer love life active and exciting.</p> <h2>1. Fish a lake or river</h2> <p>Even if fish isn't in your diet, you can still enjoy throwing back a few cold ones by a river or a lake with your date as you cast your rods into the water. If you don't have fishing tools handy, pick up inexpensive rods at Walmart or Target and a container of worms at your local bait shop.</p> <h2>2. Crab off a pier</h2> <p>I grew up around the water in Baltimore, so crabbing is in my DNA. While I'm not a fan of pulling up crab pots from the side of a boat &mdash; you never know when you'll snag a jellyfish &mdash; I love crabbing from the side of a pier. All you need is a ball of long string, a bag of chicken necks (which you can find at your grocery store for cheap), and a crab net to scoop the little buggers up.</p> <h2>3. Hop in a kayak or canoe</h2> <p>If you have a kayak or canoe at your disposal, strap it to the roof of your vehicle and head for the water. If you're without a vessel, look into free rentals in your area. New York City, for instance, offers free kayaking at certain times during the summer; many other areas likely have similar programs.</p> <h2>4. Hike nearby trails</h2> <p>You can find a decent trail to hike no matter where you live. Just make sure you plan appropriately before embarking on your adventure. Don't choose a hike that's too difficult for you or your date, and make sure you take plenty of food, water, sunscreen, and your phone in case of emergencies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-outdoor-adventures-that-dont-cost-a-dime?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Outdoor Adventures That Don't Cost a Dime</a>)</p> <h2>5. Attend a DIY workshop at Home Depot</h2> <p>I recently learned about free workshops that Home Depot offers that teach you how to make specific home items. Last month, there was a workshop on how to make a concrete serving tray, and in July, participants can learn to build a crate end table. Check out your local store and see what they have to offer.</p> <h2>6. Build a backyard fire or find a beach bonfire</h2> <p>I have a <a href="http://amzn.to/2taclHQ" target="_blank">fire pit</a> in my backyard that I picked up for around $80. It's more than paid for itself with all the good times I've had around it, including wine and cuddle time with my guy. If you don't have access to a fire pit, look into bonfires in your area, which are probably a sure bet if you live anywhere near a shoreline.</p> <h2>7. Find outdoor movies in your area</h2> <p>Outdoor movies are everywhere these days, and I happen to think they're one of the best date-night activities available. It's hard to beat a relaxing evening under the stars, holding hands and eating candy while watching a flick you both enjoy. And some of them are <em>free</em>.</p> <h2>8. Step back in time at a drive-in theater</h2> <p>Another one of my all-time favorite date options is pulling into a drive-in and putting the car in park for a double- or triple-feature. Admission is usually $10 per person, and some drive-ins let you bring your own snacks. There are 338 drive-in theaters left in the United States, and you can <a href="http://www.nerve.com/movies913/drivein-theater-open-find-location" target="_blank">find the drive-in closest to you</a> with this handy locator.</p> <h2>9. Lie under the stars and gaze</h2> <p>If you live in an area too lit to see many stars, take a quick drive outside the city limits, lay out a blanket, get snugly, and let nature treat you to a twinkling space show.</p> <h2>10. Pack a picnic with board games</h2> <p>Pack a lunch in a picnic basket along with a couple of board games, and head to your favorite park for food and a little friendly competition.</p> <h2>11. Pop into an art gallery</h2> <p>Most art galleries are free to visit, and if you can catch a gallery on opening night of an exhibit, you can probably score free wine and cheese, too.</p> <h2>12. Spend the day at the beach</h2> <p>The beach provides plenty of built-in fun. Stuff your backpack with the essentials to keep you satisfied, hydrated, and protected from the UV rays.</p> <h2>13. Unchain the bikes and go for a ride</h2> <p>You and your bae can hop on your bikes for a little exercise, or you can cruise to a new café or restaurant you haven't tried yet.</p> <h2>14. Root for the home team at a baseball game</h2> <p>If your MLB home team isn't doing so hot this season, tickets are likely more affordable than normal. If that's not the case, look into a game at your local minor league stadium. They could always use the extra community support.</p> <h2>15. Take the dogs to &quot;Yappy Hour&quot;</h2> <p>More and more establishments are allowing pups onto their premises &mdash; because who doesn't like hanging out with adorable dogs? &mdash; and you can find the spots nearest you with a quick search of &quot;dog-friendly bars&quot; in your area. As long as your date is an animal lover, pets and dates are usually a home run.</p> <h2>16. Make homemade pizza</h2> <p>Homemade pizza is not only healthier than delivery (depending on what you're putting on it), but it's a ton of fun to make. Pick up a pre-made crust (it's easier than fresh dough if you don't have a pizza stone), build your pizza, pop it in for 10 minutes or so, and enjoy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-make-restaurant-quality-pizza-at-home?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Is How You Make Restaurant-Quality Pizza at Home</a>)</p> <h2>17. Prepare for a water battle</h2> <p>Fill leftover balloons or your high-powered toy guns with water and aim for each other to cool off on a blistering afternoon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-keep-cool-when-its-stupid-hot-out?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Clever Ways to Keep Cool When It's Stupid Hot Out</a>)</p> <h2>18. Show off your vocal talents at karaoke</h2> <p>Impress your date with your vocal stylings by choosing your favorite song and belting it out with confidence. If you aren't running up a huge bar tab, karaoke itself won't cost you a dime.</p> <h2>19. Enjoy a local trivia or bingo night</h2> <p>Put on your thinking caps to show off how smart you are at a local trivia night, or get your competitive juices flowing at bingo. Bingo isn't just for grandmas anymore, BTW. Several bars in my area offer bingo at night or at brunch time with fun prizes, and if you're able to find a bingo night hosted by a drag queen, you've already hit the jackpot.</p> <h2>20. Check out a carnival</h2> <p>Save money by choosing just one or two rides at your local carnival to get your respective thrills on, and share a slice of that delectable funnel cake.</p> <h2>21. Get in some exercise at a trampoline park</h2> <p>An hour of jump time at a trampoline park is around $10 at most places, but I've seen discounted days and times &mdash; sort of like happy hour &mdash; that you might be able to take advantage of.</p> <h2>22. Lace up your skates at the roller rink</h2> <p>I went roller skating with my guy a few months ago and the place was unbelievable. I legit thought we would be the only two people there, but it was packed &mdash; on a Tuesday night, no less. Many rinks have adults-only nights, if the preteen crowd puts a damper on your romance. If you haven't taken any laps around a rink lately, don't sweat it; you'll learn how to bop again in no time.</p> <h2>23. Interact with the animals at a preserve or sanctuary</h2> <p>A lot of animal shelters won't let you come in just to pet and play with their tenants, but there are dedicated sanctuaries in certain areas &mdash; like the wolf-dog preserve in New Jersey and exotic animal sanctuaries in Florida &mdash; that let you pet and interact with the animals in their forever homes.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F23-cheap-summer-date-ideas&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F23%2520Cheap%2520Summer%2520Date%2520Ideas.jpg&amp;description=23%20Cheap%20Summer%20Date%20Ideas"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/23%20Cheap%20Summer%20Date%20Ideas.jpg" alt="23 Cheap Summer Date Ideas" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-cheap-summer-date-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/53-fun-nights-out-for-10-or-less">53 Fun Nights Out for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day">14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cheap dates date ideas Dating saving money summer date ideas summer fun things to do in summer Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Mikey Rox 1977970 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-521079240.jpg" alt="Mother entertaining her daughter on the cheap this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>School will be out before we know it. As a parent, I understand that reality can be terrifying. After all, what are you going to do with the kids all summer? Will they spend another summer break playing video games and watching TV?</p> <p>I don't know about you, but my kids do better when they are active and entertained, and I aim to keep them busy. Here are some ways I'll be keeping my kids moving a little more this summer, and how you can, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-child-care-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Child Care This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Throw a water party</h2> <p>Kids of all ages like to play with water. I'm planning a couple of days when my kiddos can each invite a few friends over and go water-crazy for an afternoon. We'll have water guns, water balloons, the sprinklers will be going, an old school <a href="http://amzn.to/2qQEjry" target="_blank">Slip 'N Slide</a>, and more. It will be a blast, won't cost too much, and they will run around all afternoon.</p> <h2>2. Show them how to grow veggies</h2> <p>Having a garden takes some work, and I plan to put my kids in charge of (at least part of) mine. Digging, weeding, and watering are all active tasks and, even better, they get the kids out of the house. I'll give them each a small plot in the garden and put them in charge of picking what to grow and the actual planting, watering, weeding, etc. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>3. Have them create a funny video</h2> <p>Rather than have my kids watch videos, they'll be making their own. I'll encourage them to write the script, come up with costumes and props, and even shoot as much of it as they can themselves. It's cheap, it will keep them busy, and they'll have to exercise both their brains and their bodies to get it done.</p> <h2>4. Cook together</h2> <p>Most kids don't know how to cook, but I've found that they usually like to learn. As long as they don't feel like it's a chore and they aren't left entirely to their own devices, most kids are surprised to learn just how easy and satisfying it can be to throw a meal together. Plus, you'll finally have help with meal planning and preparation!</p> <h2>5. Teach them a new sport</h2> <p>Learning doesn't have to take place inside the confines of school, and kids can remember this over the summer. Take the time to learn some new activity with your kids. Try stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking if you want to do something outside. Not only will you and your kids get out of the house and move, but you'll learn a new skill that will keep you active.</p> <h2>6. Wash the car</h2> <p>Going back to the idea that everyone loves to play in the water, put your kids to work washing cars, bikes, scooters, etc. The job has to be done anyway, so you might as well use it as an excuse to get your kids moving. They may resist at first, but after the hose comes on, most kids are more than happy to do these particular chores.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer">These 8 Everyday Buys Will Be Cheaper This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Family family time family vacation kids activities kids games saving money summer summer activities summer fun summer vacation Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:30:19 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1944521 at http://www.wisebread.com These 8 Everyday Buys Will Be Cheaper This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_92636795_XLARGE.jpg" alt="saving money this summer on cheaper buys" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once summer is in full swing, it can feel like you're paying a lot of money for air conditioning, and other necessities. However, there are several things that are actually cheaper during the summer months. In the summer of 2015, many factors caused huge price increases in food and fuel. However, this summer, these problems seem to be lessened, and our budgets will benefit for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer?ref=seealso">9 Dumb Ways You're Going to Waste Money This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>1. Beef and Dairy</h2> <p>Last year's big drought did a number on beef and dairy prices. While the drought is not officially over in some places, like California, the price of beef and dairy has decreased drastically for 2016. In fact, there's actually an oversupply of dairy and cheese right now, so stock up when prices are cheap. Most grated cheeses, feta cheese, and Parmesan cheese freeze well.</p> <p>While you will see a significant decrease in savings in the meat section at your local grocery store, you will also see a bigger savings at fast food restaurants. The cheaper beef prices allow some fast food chains to offer aggressive deals, such as Taco Bell's $1 Beefy Crunch Burrito and the Cheesy Double Beef Burrito.</p> <h2>2. Eggs</h2> <p>Last May, a bird flu outbreak caused egg prices to soar in the Midwest. Thankfully that crisis has passed, and egg prices are now at a record low. However, chicken prices are trending higher due to heat waves. So choose egg salad over chicken salad this summer to enjoy the savings.</p> <h2>3. Gas</h2> <p>Usually gas prices seem higher during the summer, since many people use the hotter months to travel and vacation. This year, however, gas prices will remain low.&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.gasbuddy.com/posts/Gasoline-Prices-Little-Changed-Best-Summer-to-Hit-the-Road-In-Years-Lies-Ahead/1715-645069-3695.aspx">Gasbuddy</a> reported that the average gas prices were $2.23 per gallon in May, which is almost $0.50 cheaper than it was in May 2015.</p> <p>To save even more at the gas tank, try planning your road trip during the cooler part of the day to save on gas.</p> <h2>4. Air Travel</h2> <p>When gas prices are down, flight prices are also down. In February, the<a href="http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/press_releases/bts008_16"> Department of Transportation</a> announced that the average cost of airfare was the cheapest it has been since 2010. Now with lower fuel costs, cheaper airfare will be able to stay until the end of summer. Airfare can eat up so much of your vacation budget, so don't miss out on the opportunity to travel with the low prices this summer.</p> <p>Try booking your airfare on a Tuesday morning and follow the airline's social media accounts to take advantage of the best flight prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>5. Foreign Travel</h2> <p>Get your passports ready. Not only is air travel cheaper, but traveling abroad might make your dollar stretch further. A recent GOBankingRates survey found that the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong">U.S. dollar was strongest</a> in Argentina, Australia, and Europe. If you do travel, make sure to use a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=article">credit card that does not have foreign transaction fees</a>.</p> <h2>6. Whole Foods</h2> <p>Whether you have been to a Whole Foods store or not, you already know that their prices are generally outrageous. Many people associate this chain with overpriced and overrated items. Luckily, Whole Foods is now opening a cheaper version of itself with a store called 365. The store is targeted towards millennial shoppers, with Teabot machines and lower prices. The first 365 store opened in Los Angeles at the end of May. Two more 365 stores will open this year in Oregon and Washington.</p> <h2>7. Cars</h2> <p>Generally, cars are cheaper during the summer because it is the end of the peak selling season. Look for special promotions and score a vehicle while interest rates are still low. Many car buyers wait until Labor Day to start looking at cars, but some dealerships will offer hard-to-beat incentives to move their old inventory.</p> <h2>8. Winter Wear and Gear</h2> <p>You don't want to think about snuggling up in a jacket when it's hot and humid out, but early summer is a great time to get the lowest prices for winter gear before the store gets rid of their inventory altogether.</p> <p><em>What deals are you taking advantage of this summer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-a-simple-do-not-buy-list-keeps-money-in-your-pocket">How a Simple &quot;Do Not Buy&quot; List Keeps Money in Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-foolproof-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill">31 Foolproof Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping grocery shopping sales saving money summer summer activities summer costs summer fun Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:30:03 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1737544 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_ice_cream_74904405.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways ice cream will cost her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know that summer comes with expenses &mdash; higher-priced fuel fill-ups, increased electricity bills from running the A/C nonstop (mine doesn't get a rest from, like, March to October; thank you, first-world luxuries), and sky-high hotel rates. But there are other items that see an uptick during vacation season that you might not immediately recognize. Here's a list to watch with your wallet.</p> <h2>1. Bottled Water</h2> <p>We loooove to wag our fingers at others for buying bottled water &mdash; because get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles">reusable bottle</a> already! &mdash; but we also understand that sometimes it's necessary. Like when it's hot as lava outside and you're about to have a heat stroke because you forgot your reusable bottle at home. While it may seem innocuous enough to pick up a bottle at your local convenience store now and then, that's not usually how it goes down &mdash; especially if you have kids.</p> <p>According to<a href="http://www.pennypinchingprincess.com"> money-saving expert Nedalee Thomas</a>, who also happens to be CEO of a water-filtration company, a family of four will spend a whopping $1,600 on bottled water a year. Uh, come again?</p> <p>&quot;Consumption is higher in the summer just because of heat and dehydration, but families tend to buy more bottled water when heading out for the day's activities, spending on average $12 a day for a family of four,&quot; Thomas says. &quot;Theme parks and many venues cost much more.&quot;</p> <p>The best way to save &mdash; if you haven't already heard it a <em>million</em> times &mdash; is to refill BPA-free bottles with your own good filtered water.&quot;</p> <p>Chanson Water USA provides a comparison chart of <a href="https://chansonalkalinewater.com/water-ionizer-vs-bottled-water-cost-comparison-chart/">annual costs of various types of bottled water</a> versus what it costs to filter your own water at home, and it's a doozy.</p> <h2>2. Iced Coffee</h2> <p>Drinking more iced coffee during the summer to give yourself a jolt <em>and</em> beat the heat? Well, it's gonna cost you.</p> <p>Grub Street did some digging a few years back to find out<a href="http://www.grubstreet.com/2012/03/why-does-iced-coffee-cost-more-than-hot.html"> why iced coffee costs more than hot coffee</a>, and their findings may make your temperature rise. Save yourself some gas on a trip to the java joint, and pocket the extra money you'd be spending on each cup of cold joe, by making your own watered-down pick-me-up at home.</p> <h2>3. Car Maintenance</h2> <p>Another unexpected way summer will cost you extra money is through car maintenance.</p> <p>&quot;Many dealers and mechanics want to service cars more frequently than the manufacturer recommends, especially during weather transitions, which is both unnecessary and costly,&quot; says car expert Richard Reina. &quot;While hot weather absolutely takes a toll on our vehicles, the best way to cut these costs is taking proper precautions and doing the simple repairs yourself.&quot;</p> <p>He offers a few DIY ways to avoid the mechanic this summer.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Replace wiper blades</strong>: A winter's worth of clearing slush and ice from the windshield takes its toll, resulting in streaking and chattering that you don't want in spring/summer downpours as it could severely hinder your vision and cause an accident.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Check coolant hoses and belts</strong>: It's also important to check coolant hoses and belts for deterioration and wear, and be sure to check all fluid levels. Just as you checked your antifreeze to make sure the freezing point was well below anticipated winter temperatures, check it now to ensure you won't have a boil over during hot summer driving. By performing this basic auto tuneup yourself, you would save $250, as it only costs $100 to DIY compared to a dealer cost of $350.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Test your battery</strong>: As much as the winter is harsh on batteries, summer is, too, with the constant running of the cooling fans and the pull on your alternator from driving with the windows down. Test the battery to make sure you don't get stranded with a no-start on a summer trip. Check the battery connections for tightness and clean away any dirt and corrosion. If it's time for a new battery, I suggest buying them at local &quot;buyer's club&quot; (Costco, Sam's Club) to save money, and change it yourself. You'll save $120, with DIY costing $80 versus dealer prices of $200.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Change your engine oil and filter</strong>: Cold weather is tough on engine oil because it doesn't get a chance to come to normal operating temperature necessary to get rid of moisture and contaminants, which can cause sludge. If you buy the oil yourself, make sure that you are certain that you are using a high-quality oil of the correct viscosity. Often, chain-store oil-change outfits may be using the same oil for different cars. If your car is older with high mileage, it can be very helpful to switch to a heavier oil with different detergent. Higher temps require higher oil weight/viscosity, and since the seals on the engine of an older car have likely started to wear, switching will help keep your engine protected. Also be sure to check the brake/steering/washer fluids while you're under the hood. This will save you $35, as DIY costs $25 compared to dealer cost of $60.</li> </ul> <h2>4. Dining and Drinking Al Fresco</h2> <p>Warmer weather means more opportunity for eating and drinking outdoors, and if you're not careful, it can get out of hand, financially. Nobody wants to cook indoors when it's hot out &mdash; I get it &mdash; so think of alternative ways to eat at home, like by using the outdoor grill more frequently or making meals that don't require a heat source, like salads, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold">cold soups</a>, and slow-cooker meals. If you're drinking with your dinner, have a glass of water between adult bevies to reduce the risk of overspending, and tomorrow's pounding headache.</p> <h2>5. Home and Apartment Rentals</h2> <p>Rental season is at its busiest during the warmer months, from May to October, for several reasons. For starters, this period is a time when many people are in transition, especially students who are looking for housing after the school year ends or before it begins. Plus, this time of year is more conducive to moving, because who wants to haul furniture around during a blizzard? Nobody, including those begrudging friends you've enlisted to help you. Because of these factors, and the laws of supply and demand, rental prices may be at a premium during the summer. If you have a choice, wait until the weather gets a bit cooler to make your move.</p> <h2>6. New Cars</h2> <p>According to USAA via TrueCar, you can expect to experience more sticker shock on vehicles during the summer than you would while everybody's hibernating and generally steering clear of walking around car lots in a foot of snow. Prices increase as the weather warms because, again, of our old friend supply and demand. More people are out and about when things thaw out, and their tax refunds are burning holes in the pockets &mdash; an incentive that car dealerships fully take advantage of.</p> <h2>7. Ice Cream</h2> <p>You might think ice cream costs more during the summer because everybody is eating it, but that's not necessarily the case. I mean, it's sort of the reason why you may see higher prices this year, but it's mostly because there's a<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/28/vanilla-shortage-threatens-ice-cream-prices-this-summer.html"> vanilla shortage in Madagascar because of poor harvest quality</a>, and that means less mint chocolate chip for you, me, and the rest of the cone-loving U.S. population. Hey, at least we still have freeze-pops.</p> <p><em>How do you stay on top of your summer budget? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-8-everyday-buys-will-be-cheaper-this-summer">These 8 Everyday Buys Will Be Cheaper This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-financial-perks-of-being-in-your-20s">The Financial Perks of Being in Your 20s</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment Lifestyle budgeting frugal summer ice cream saving money summer summer costs summer fun Tue, 14 Jun 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1730465 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Essential Life Hacks for Summer http://www.wisebread.com/20-essential-life-hacks-for-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-essential-life-hacks-for-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-5224344-small.jpg" alt="watermelon" title="watermelon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ready for summer? Me too. If you're looking for ways to prepare for the warm weather, we have you covered. This handy list will get you through anything from keeping bugs away to baking dashboard cookies. If you have any fun life hacks to add to this list, please leave them in the comments! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat?ref=seealso">Wear Frozen Clothes and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat</a>)</p> <h2>1. Keep Water Cold</h2> <p>Whether you're exercising or just lounging, cold water is only sips away. Before long runs, my husband and I fill up plastic water bottles half-way, then freeze them. When we need our drink, we pop it out of the freezer and fill the rest with fresh water.</p> <h2>2. Make Coffee Ice Cubes</h2> <p>Make <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/272467/coffee-cubes">Ice Coffee Cubes</a> for enjoying every last drop of your favorite cool drink. Simply brew, freeze, and plop into your regular chilled cup.</p> <h2>3. Soothe Burns</h2> <p>Freeze <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/ice-cube-tray-as-sunburn-soother-00000000043285/">aloe in cubes</a> to get &quot;instant&quot; relief for sunburned skin.</p> <h2>4. Freeze Grapes</h2> <p>For a healthy, satisfying snack, just wash seedless grapes and <a href="http://kidscooking.about.com/od/snacksdipsappetizers/r/frozen_grapes.htm">stick them in the freezer</a>. Once chilled, they're irresistible and help keep you cool (and hydrated) on hot days.</p> <h2>5. Rig an Air Conditioner</h2> <p>If you're suffering without AC and that fan plus ice bowl trick isn't cutting it &mdash; you could try crafting this elaborate <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/making-your-own-air-conditione-121423">DIY air conditioner</a> using a box fan, some copper tubing, and a cooler. The author claims it costs only $10!</p> <h2>6. Fashion a Skirt</h2> <p>Need a quick coverup? Just twist together this gorgeous <a href="http://handmadera.blogspot.com/2012/03/draped-skirt-diy.html">draped skirt</a> using a wide scarf (jersey knit might work best). You can head to the beach or to a casual dinner in frugal style!</p> <h2>7. Lighten Your Strands</h2> <p>Summer's a great time to add a glow to your hair. Forget the chemicals by using this lemon and water <a href="http://sortofhomemade.com/diy-summer-highlights/">natural highlighting solution</a>. Just spritz hair and dry in the sun, and you'll see results after two or three sessions.</p> <h2>8. Cool Your Brews</h2> <p>Spending the day in the pool? Take an old pool noodle and open plastic bin and create a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/The-199-Noodley-Beverage-Boat/">makeshift cooler</a> that will keep drinks accessible (and cold) for hours. Cost: $1.99.</p> <h2>9. Avoid Messy Drips</h2> <p>Use <a href="http://www.oldbrandnewblog.com/2012/06/front-porch-pops.html">cupcake liners</a> to protect yourself from all those drippy popsicles.</p> <h2>10. Create Cheap Beach Games</h2> <p>Make simple <a href="http://sherisilver.com/2013/07/03/favor-ette-beach-board-game/">checkers or tic-tac-toe boards</a> and use found shells or rocks to play.</p> <h2>11. Banish Sand</h2> <p>Love the sand, but hate the aftermath? Pack a travel-sized container of baby powder to <a href="http://www.iheartnaptime.net/dirty-little-secret/">slide the sand</a> right off your feet.</p> <h2>12. Stop Those Ants</h2> <p>It happens every summer: Ants get into our house! If you have some of that baby powder left, you can use it to your advantage. Just sprinkle some <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sujkyndl-qU">near the entry point</a>, and ants will lose their trail in no time.</p> <h2>13. Lounge for Little</h2> <p>I've seen a lot of DIY hammock hacks, but I like the sturdy materials used in <a href="http://www.missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2012/07/easy-diy-backyard-hammock.html">this tutorial</a>, as well as the ingenious use of carabiners.</p> <h2>14. Fix a Bad Tan Job</h2> <p>If you got too enthusiastic with the bottled glow, you can fix blotches and streaks with a <a href="http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2012/07/beauty-faux-pas-how-to-nix-remove-get-rid-of-a-bad-fake-tan/">thrifty paste</a> made from lemon juice and baking powder.</p> <h2>15. Toss Dinner in the Fire</h2> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/07/20/cooking-around-the-campfire-9-easy-and-delicious-foil-packet-recipes/">Foil pack cooking</a> is camp food made easy. Make sure you use heavy duty foil and grease it up, but then dinner will cook itself in the coals while you relax!</p> <h2>16. Tend to Bumps and Bruises</h2> <p>Summer is also a time for injuries. Make your own <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/rubbing-alcohol-gel-packs-00000000000264/">inexpensive ice packs</a> by combining rubbing alcohol and water in a zip top bag, and then freezing.</p> <h2>17. Whisk Omelets in the Wild</h2> <p>Bringing eggs on your outdoor adventure might sound tricky, if not dangerous. But if you'd like to enjoy a protein-laden breakfast without the worry, try this homemade <a href="http://www.thefoodmethod.com/2012/07/how-to-bring-eggs-camping_19.html">dehydrated egg mix</a> with spices.</p> <h2>18. Ward Off Gnats</h2> <p>A recent study uncovered that <a href="http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/45/12/1830.abstract">Bounce dryer sheets</a> repel gnats. If you're surrounded, stick a sheet in your shirt pocket or place one nearby for protection.</p> <h2>19. Spray the Rest Away</h2> <p>If mosquitoes are more your concern, you may want to avoid store-bought repellents that likely contain the chemical DEET. Instead, try some of these <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/2565/homemade-natural-bug-spray-recipes-that-work/">Natural Bug Sprays That Work</a>.</p> <h2>20. Bake Something Sweet</h2> <p>Though &quot;oven&quot; temperatures will vary depending on the day, these <a href="http://bakingbites.com/2007/09/car-baked-chocolate-chip-cookies-step-by-step/">dashboard chocolate chip cookies</a> sure look enticing. So, if you're planning a day at the park, use your car as a solar oven &mdash; takes around 2-1/2 hours to complete.</p> <p><em>Are you getting ready for summer? Please share your best summer tips and tricks!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-essential-life-hacks-for-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-an-amusement-park-tv-free-summer-and-if-you-can-t-find-a-way-to-make-it-cheaper">Have an Amusement Park &amp; TV Free Summer (and if you can’t, find a way to make it cheaper)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-negotiating-skills-everyone-should-master">8 Negotiating Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks General Tips summer summer fun summer tricks Fri, 02 May 2014 09:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1137730 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Free Ways to Entertain Kids for an Afternoon http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-magnifying-4159384-small.jpg" alt="kid" title="kid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>School's out for summer, and you know what that means &mdash; tiny people will be terrorizing your house on a daily basis. But that doesn't have to happen. With this list of free activities for kids, you can keep the tykes occupied and satisfied, all without going broke. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids">Summer Freebies and Bargains for Kids</a>)</p> <h2>1. Snap Photos at a Nearby Park</h2> <p>Most kids have access to cameras these days &mdash; whether it's mom or dad's point-and-shoot or the one on their phones. Facilitate <a target="_blank" href="http://lifehacker.com/5815742/basics-of-photography-the-complete-guide">an appreciation for photography</a> by planning an afternoon at a park where you'll hike the grounds and snap photos of plants, trees, animals, and people. If you can find a park with a stream, pond, or lake, you'll find even more interesting critters to capture, which is sure to put a smile on the little ones' faces.</p> <h2>2. Search for Plants and Insects to Identify</h2> <p>When I was a kid, I loved to find caterpillars or lightning bugs and put them in jars as pets. The problem with that, of course, is that they die soon after from neglect or stress. Instead of hunting down bugs to enslave, consider embarking on a mini-safari with your smartphone. Armed with the <a target="_blank" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bug-weed-identifier-by-spectracide/id450333348?mt=8">Bug &amp; Weed Identifier by Spectracide</a>, you can snap photos of interesting insects and plants and find out what they are instantly. This is a great way to instill an appreciation for nature while sneaking in an educational activity while school's out.</p> <h2>3. Volunteer to Beautify a Neighbor's Yard</h2> <p>If you have a neighbor who's elderly, disabled, or otherwise can't tend to their yard, offer to bring the kids over to help mow the lawn, pull weeds, plant seeds, rake leaves, sweep the porch, and perform other tasks to make your neighbor's day a little brighter. Not only will this activity enhance your neighborly bond, but you'll have the chance to teach your kids why it's important to give back to their community.</p> <h2>4. Go on a Geocaching Adventure</h2> <p>When planning this article, I put a call out on Facebook for free activity ideas in which my friends with kids participate. Several of the ideas are on this list, but this one is perhaps the most unique. I had never heard of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.geocaching.com/">Geocaching</a> before, but I'm totally in love with it now.</p> <p>For those not familiar with the concept, Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt, in which the participants use GPS, usually on a smartphone, to hide and seek containers called &quot;geocaches&quot; or &quot;caches&quot; anywhere in the world. Wikipedia explains &quot;a typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing into the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers or <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammo_box">ammunition boxes</a> can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.&quot; You can expect to find plenty of caches in more populated areas, but there are likely a few near you even if your location is more remote.</p> <h2>5. Bowl at Your Local Lanes</h2> <p>This is another program to which I was alerted by a Facebook friend, and I almost couldn't believe it was real. After checking into it, however, I found out that it's totally legit &mdash; and probably one of the coolest and cheapest ways to spend a steamy (or rainy) summer afternoon indoors. All you have to do is visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/">KidsBowlFree.com</a>, find the participating bowling center near you, and register your children. Once you're registered, your kids are eligible for two free games of bowling every day all summer long. That's right &mdash; EVERY day ALL summer long. Can you believe it? Almost too good to be true, but you'll soon be happy it is.</p> <h2>6. Make Refreshing Summer Treats</h2> <p>I recently picked up ice-pop molds that I'm having fun with this summer &mdash; currently they're filled with lemon-flavored iced tea &mdash; and that's just the tip of the iceberg of what you and your kids can create in the kitchen for free (or nearly so) this summer. If you have a garden full of fruits and veggies &mdash; or access to fresh berries (perhaps in a wooded area nearby where you can pick them) &mdash; turn them into tasty treats like citrusy -ades, fruity shaved ices, or refreshing flavored waters.</p> <h2>7. Get Wet at a Local Splash Park</h2> <p>Many areas &mdash; especially urban ones &mdash; are installing splash parks to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-places-to-go-to-beat-the-summer-heat">keep kids cool during the sweltering summer</a> months. I once visited one in Boston's Copley Square, and even as an adult I had a great time. If one of these neat &quot;H2Oasises&quot; is near you, suit up the kiddos and enjoy a day of soggy fun.</p> <h2>8. Plan a Neighborhood Parade</h2> <p>Can't afford a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/disneyland-on-the-sort-of-cheap">trip to Disney</a> this summer? Gather up the other neighborhood moms and kids and work together to recreate the theme park's famous parades by creating floats and dressing up in costumes that you'll parade up and down the street for the entire block to enjoy.</p> <h2>9. Perform Skits or Short Plays</h2> <p>I spent a lot of time at my grandparents' house during the summertime, and I fondly remember many afternoons spent rehearsing a self-produced a play with my friends. Our play was based on Pippi Longstocking &mdash; probably not so popular with today's youth &mdash; but there are lots of other kid-friendly themes from which to choose based on current pop culture trends that will keep them busy for days on end as they write the script, design props, memorize lines, and choose costumes. When the show is ready to go on, get the rest of the parents together for a night out at the community theater.</p> <h2>10. Throw a Dance Party</h2> <p>Afraid your kids aren't active enough this summer? Subtly introduce exercise into their routine by throwing a dance party where they can bust out their best moves with their friends while the parents enjoy a brief respite. Maybe with an adult lemonade or two.</p> <h2>11. Plan a Book-to-Film Movie Marathon</h2> <p>Pique your child's interest in summer reading by encouraging him or her to read a book that inspired a movie &mdash; there are endless titles from which to choose, so you can cater to every personality &mdash; with the promise of a movie-watching party with popcorn and candy once they're finished the book. You also can flip the script, and plan a movie day when you'll watch films inspired by books that you'll have on hand for your child to dive into after the screening.</p> <h2>12. Visit a Local Dog Park</h2> <p>If you have a dog of your own, you can make a family outing of visiting the local dog park so Fido can enjoy playtime too. But even if you don't have a pet, there's no reason why you can't visit the dog run so your little one can run and play with the neighborhood hounds. Before you head off, however, discuss the proper way to handle other people's pets along with other safety rules.</p> <h2>13. Teach Necessary Life Skills</h2> <p>This idea is more geared toward older kids who are capable of a higher level of responsibility &mdash; tweens and early teens, specifically. They may not like this activity very much, but they'll thank you eventually for teaching them how to wash their own clothes, change a flat tire, build a fire, cook a meal, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-kids-started-with-the-stock-market">perform whatever other life skills</a> you can impart to them.</p> <h2>14. Take a Trip to a Cultural Institution</h2> <p>Check into your local institutions &mdash; botanical gardens, zoos, science centers, and art museums &mdash; to see if they offer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free">free days during the summer</a>. If they do, this is a great way to get out of the house while staying cool and learning something new. You also may want to look into <a target="_blank" href="http://museums.bankofamerica.com/">Bank of America's Museums on Us program</a>, which provides free admission to participating museums to cardholders on the first full weekend of every month.</p> <h2>15. Set Up a Homemade Water Park</h2> <p>When it's too hot out to move, bring the water park to your own backyard by setting up sprinklers, kiddie pools, and slip-and-slides for the kids to splash around in. Get creative by letting the water run down your backyard-playground slide and make water balloons so you can have an all-family wet-and-wild battle.</p> <p><em>Have even more free afternoon activities for kids? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Unless, of course, you know how to root, root, root for the home team like I do. I&rsquo;ve been to stadiums all across America, and before I go, I do my research on how and where I can cut costs. And now you can, too.</p> <p>In this first-of-its-kind article (I&rsquo;m totally sticking by that statement since I couldn&rsquo;t find anything like this online), I&rsquo;m giving you the 411 on how to save more money and better enjoy America&rsquo;s favorite pastime at every Major League Baseball stadium in the United States (and that lonely one in Canada). Batter up! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-weekend-getaways-anyone-can-take">10 Inexpensive Weekend Getaways Anyone Can Take</a>)</p> <h3>1. Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com">Dodger Stadium</a> include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>A Coca-Cola Value Pack, which includes four tickets, four Dodger Dogs, and four Cokes, starting at $18 per seat</li> <li>Military discounts on tickets as low as $7 (day of game only; proper military ID is required)</li> <li>$7 and $10 tickets for kids ages four to 12 in the Top Deck and Left Field Pavilion sections</li> <li>$12 off Loge Level tickets to Auto Club members</li> <li>$25 off Field Level tickets when you use your MasterCard</li> <li>$10 Lower Reserve level tickets for students with IDs</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic only) of one-liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as it&rsquo;s not in bottles, cans, coolers, or thermoses.</p> <p>The Jr. Dodgers Fan Club for Kids is free for kids 14 and younger. Membership includes the opportunity to participate in Kids Take the Field, where kids are given first priority to run the bases after Sunday day games; the opportunity to be featured as Jr. Dodger of the Game and featured on Dodgervision; and the opportunity to say &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Time for Dodger Baseball&rdquo; over the speaker before a game.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away to the first 50,000 ticket holders at nearly every home game, excluding Friday nights. Check the <a href="http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=la&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>2. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=col&amp;sv=1">Coors Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A Coca-Cola Value Pack, which includes four tickets, four food and beverage vouchers, one parking ticket, and one Rockies magazine, for $59 in the upper level and $79 in the lower level</li> <li>PowerTickets, which are list-price tickets in the Midfield Box and Outfield Club sections that are loaded with an additional $10 to $15 in concession credits for select games, available only at ColoradoRockies.com</li> <li>Rockpile seats, available for each game for $4 to adults (four ticket limit per person per game) and $1 to children age 12 and younger and seniors age 55 and older (two ticket limit per person per game)</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/col/ticketing/guys_ladies.jsp">Guys Night Out and Ladies Fan Club</a> discounts</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic only) that are less than 22 oz.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as it fits in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>The Silver Sluggers Senior Fan Club, for adults age 55 and older, includes two tickets to six games for $121.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=col">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p>A bike lot is provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <h3>3. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com">Yankee Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>$5 tickets to select games in selects areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level, or Bleachers</li> <li>10% to 25% off select Tuesday night home games in select areas of the Grandstand Level</li> <li>25% off advanced ticket purchases in select areas of the Grandstand Level for families on designated Monday to Thursday games; half off advanced ticket purchases in select areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level, or Bleachers for select games</li> <li>$5 tickets for senior citizens age 60 and older for select Monday to Thursday games (day of game only; valid ID is required)</li> <li>Half-price tickets to designated areas for students with a valid high school or college ID (day of game only)</li> <li>Half-price tickets to designated seating areas for kids age 14 and younger, when accompanied by an adult, for Saturday games (day of game only)</li> <li>For active military members with a valid ID, one FREE ticket to select Monday to Thursday games for select areas of the Grandstand Level or Bleachers or a half-price ticket to other non-premium seating locations (day of game only)</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic or soft-sided only) of one-liter in size or less. Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption as long as items are brought in a clear plastic grocery-style bag.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nyy">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p>The AAA Automobile Club of New York provides free emergency roadside assistance to guests after home games. Visit the Guest Relations and Ticket Sales Booth or the Yankee Stadium Lobby.</p> <h3>4. Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ballpark/index.jsp">Turner Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Tickets as low as $60 for singles and $50 for groups to an all-you-can-eat section that features unlimited smoked chicken barbecue sandwiches, chicken wings, all-beef franks, baked beans, peanuts, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, Coca-Cola products, and draft beer</li> <li>Braves Steal of the Week, weekly discounts to Wednesday games</li> <li>Buck Belue $8 Buck Night for $8 Lower Level tickets</li> <li>The Chevron Family Value Plan, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four Cokes, a Braves yearbook, parking pass, and a $10 Chevron gift card, starting at $69</li> <li>Coca-Cola 2 for $30 Tuesdays, which includes two seats in the Club Pavilion for $30</li> <li>2-for-1 Upper Box tickets to all fans who show valid military or student IDs or AAA cards</li> </ul> <p>Fans can register for a <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free companion ticket on their birthday</a>, valid on Sunday to Thursday games. The purchase of one ticket is required to redeem birthday coupon.</p> <p>The <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/community/student_achievers.jsp">All-Star Student Achievers Program</a> rewards students in grades K-12 for academic excellence with free game tickets and a Chick-fil-A coupon.</p> <p>One-year membership to the Braves Kids Club ($25) includes two Upper Box tickets, a Braves souvenir, welcome letter from Brian McCann, VIP access to Kids Run the Bases, free admission to the Braves Hall of Fame, two tickets to a Gwinnett Braves game (minor league team), Chick-fil-A sandwich coupon, discounts at the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, and a Kids Club membership ID card.</p> <p>On specified game dates, fans are invited to bring their dogs to <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/bark_in_park.jsp">Bark in the Park</a> ($25) when a portion of the Upper Deck is transformed into a doggy oasis, complete with pools to help keep pets cool and hydrated. Preregistration is required.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic or soft-sided only) of one-liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller with the plastic liner removed.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans can receive a free Atlanta Braves fan pack by sending a postcard with their name and full address to:</p> <p>Attn: Fan Pack<br /> c/o Atlanta Braves<br /> 755 Hank Aaron<br /> Drive Atlanta, GA 30315</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=atl">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>5. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com">Rogers Centre</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The Grand Slam Combo that includes a 200 Level Outfield ticket and all-you-can-eat Lesters Hot Dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, apples, chips, and soft drinks for $39 on select Fridays</li> <li>Jr. Jays Saturdays, where kids age 14 and younger will receive special pricing on 500 and 200 Level Outfield tickets</li> </ul> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tor&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>6. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com">Chase Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/pepsi_pack.jsp">Pepsi Max Value Pack</a>, which includes one bleacher ticket, a regular-size hot dog, one 24 oz. Pepsi, and a coupon for a free 20 oz. Pepsi Max</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/kidssundays.jsp">Kid&rsquo;s Sundays</a> featuring free admission for <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/ari/fan_forum/nochewcrew_form.jsp">No Chew Crew</a> members to Sunday home games</li> <li>$5 tickets to select games on <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/collegenight.jsp">College Nights</a> (a college ID is not required)</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/kidssundays.jsp">$7 off select seating</a> for all afternoon weekday home games</li> <li>All-you-can-eat seats in the Insight Diamond Level from $29 to $40, featuring unlimited Oscar Mayer all-beef hot dogs, chips, popcorn, Pepsi products, and Aquafina water</li> </ul> <p>At every Friday night home game, the Miller Lite Diamond Club offers drink specials and music from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission into the Miller Lite Diamond Club is free with a ticket to that night's game.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 11&rdquo; x 11&rdquo; x 15&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as items are brought in a clear plastic grocery-style bag.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and single-serve juice boxes (plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p><a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/fan_forum/kids_club_form.jsp">D-Backs Kid&rsquo;s Club</a> members, ages 3 to 15, can earn prizes for attending games.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=ari">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>7. <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;sv=1">Rangers Ballpark in Arlington</a> (Texas Rangers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;sv=1">Rangers Ballpark</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Coca-Cola Family Packs, which include four tickets, four jumbo hot dogs, four Coca-Cola soft drinks, two kids&rsquo; zone wristbands, and one souvenir program, for $60 in Upper Reserved and $100 in the Lower Reserved sections</li> <li>Half-priced tickets in the Upper Reserved, Upper Box, Lexus Club, Terrace, and Lower Reserved sections for most Wednesdays home games (online only)</li> <li>$10 upper-level tickets to Friday home games with code VERIZON at <a href="http://www.texasrangers.com">texasrangers.com</a></li> <li>$47 tickets to the All-You-Can-Eat Porch, which includes admission and unlimited hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks, peanuts, popcorn, and grilled chicken sandwiches</li> </ul> <p>Children age 13 and younger are eligible for reduced-priced tickets, and children under 36 inches may be admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>The <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/tex/fan_forum/jrrangers.jsp">Dr. Pepper Jr. Range Club</a>, for children age 13 and younger, includes ticket vouchers to select home games, invitations to Jr. Rangers events, and VIP &ldquo;front of the line&rdquo; access to every Sunday afternoon Run the Bases.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller with the plastic liner removed.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>8. Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com">Safeco Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The Safeco Insurance Grand Slam Family Package, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, and Pepsi for $15 on the View Level, $30 on the Main Level, and $35 on the Wells Fargo Terrace Level when four or more tickets are purchased in advance ($2 added per ticket day of game)</li> <li>$10 tickets in the View Level section on BECU Family Nights when purchased in advance ($2 added per ticket day of game)</li> <li>$5 off on select View Level and $10 off select Main Level seats to Tuesday home games and on the 4<sup>th</sup> of July for military personnel with a valid military ID (plus 20% regular-price merchandise at all Mariners Team stores)</li> <li>$5 off on select View Level and $10 off select Main Level seats to select games for seniors age 60 and older (limit one per senior per game)</li> </ul> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>The <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/fan_forum/kids_club_info.jsp">Seattle Mariners Kids Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes a kids club bag, cap, and tee; up to a dozen $1 ticket coupons; lanyard and official credentials; birthday card; newsletter; kids club book, and access to members-only events, for $15 plus tax.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted, but other outside beverages, including soft drinks and water/ice are not.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sea">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>9. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com">Oriole Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/bal/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free ticket</a> to one non-prime game on your birthday</li> <li>$45 advance tickets to the Left Field All-Inclusive Picnic Perch, which includes a Club Level ticket and unlimited hot dogs, peanuts, nachos, salad, and sodas</li> <li>$9 Upper Reserve tickets to all Tuesday home games</li> <li>$6 Left Field Upper Reserve tickets to students with a valid school ID to all Friday home games</li> <li>$3 off all tickets for military personnel, veterans, and Department of Defense employees and their families</li> </ul> <p>Active-duty military personnel can receive a military-themed Orioles cap and buy one, get one tickets to Sunday non-prime home games.</p> <p>The first 20 fans at each home game who check in at the stadium using MLB.com will receive a <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/checkin.jsp">free Orioles &quot;I&rsquo;m Checked In&rdquo; T-shirt</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/fan_forum/dugoutclub.jsp">Junior Orioles Dugout Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes a membership card, lanyard and ticket holder, subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, Orioles hat, tickets to 10 pre-selected games, and a drawstring backpack for $20. Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets for as low as $6 on Dugout Club days.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller. Purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and camera bags also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.</p> <p>Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic containers are permitted.&nbsp;Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and single-serve juice boxes (plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=bal">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>10. Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=ana&amp;sv=1">Angel&nbsp;Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A Friends &amp; Family Fun Pack, which comes with four tickets, four hot dogs, and four small soft drinks for $56</li> <li>All-inclusive Bases Loaded seats that include hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, dessert cups, and soft drinks for $30 to $35</li> <li>50% off select seating on designated days to AAA members</li> <li>50% Upper View, View All-Star, View MVP, and Right Field Pavilion seating to select games for seniors age 55 and older and uniformed military personnel</li> </ul> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free.</p> <p>The <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/ana/fan_forum/kids_club.jsp">Junior Angels Kids Club</a> includes two ticket vouchers, Albert Pujols water bottle, exclusive Jr. Angels hat, Angels Kooky Pen, official membership passport, and the chance to be a honorary bat kid at an Angels home game, for $18.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller. Purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and camera bags also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles (plastic only) of one-liter in size or less. Other outside beverages, including soda, sports drinks, and frozen water bottles, are not permitted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=ana">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>11. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com">Busch Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/dynamic.jsp">Dynamic Pricing</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value to as low as $5</li> <li>Hunter Family Sundays, where fans in the Right Field Terrace and RF/LF Pavilion will receive a free Hunter hot dog and Coca-Cola on most Sundays</li> <li>The Six Flags Double Play Combo featuring a Cardinals ticket and a Six Flags ticket for $55</li> <li>A $10 discount on most Monday to Thursday games for AAA members</li> <li>And KMOX 1120 <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/first_pitch.jsp">First Pitch Tickets</a> that allow fans to purchase two tickets for $5.60 each at 9 a.m. on the day of each home game</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp?loc=benefits">Cardinals Crew Kids Club</a>, for ages 15 and younger, includes two tickets to a select game, a Matt Holliday #7 bookbag, braided necklace, Cardinals picture frame, lanyard and pin, various discounts, and a membership card, for $25.</p> <p>Non-alcoholic beverages, including water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than two liters, are allowed.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring bags or backpacks 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=stl&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>12. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/ballpark/index.jsp">Citizens Bank Park</a> include various <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/theme_nights.jsp">theme nights</a> when tickets regularly priced $30 and less are $2 off, and groups of 25 or more receive a $2 discount per tickets on most Monday to Friday games.</p> <p>The <a href="http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/junior_phillies_club_signup.jsp">Junior Phillies Club</a>, for ages 14 and under, includes a Junior Phillies Club bag, full-color poster of Hunter Pence, exclusive Hunter Pence magnets, various discounts, and a membership card, for $13.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Each guest is permitted to bring one bag 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only).</p> <h3>13. Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/ballpark/index.jsp">Progressive Field</a> include perfect 10 Voucher Packs, which include 10 tickets to any of the Indians' 81 home games. Fans can use the vouchers to attend 10 games individually, five games with a friend, or 10 games with a group. Prices start at $99 for bleacher/upper deck seats.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/fan_forum/highachievers.jsp">High Achievers Kids Club</a>, for children in grades K to 8, rewards those who do well in school with Indians tickets, prizes, and experiences. Membership is free.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cle">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>14. PETCO Park (San Diego Padres)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark/index.jsp">PETCO&nbsp;Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>College Nights, which feature $9 advance and $10 day-of-game tickets to Thursday home games</li> <li>The Military Season Pass, which entitles junior enlisted military personnel (pay grades E1-E3) to one Upper Reserved seat for up to 80 home games for $99</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/fan_forum/jr_padres.jsp">Jr. Padres</a>, for ages 14 and younger, is free.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles 20 oz. or less and single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only).</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption. All food items should be wrapped, bagged, or put in a container. Fruits must be sliced or sectioned.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sd&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>15. Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at the <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/index.jsp">Great American Ball Park</a> include an all-you-can-eat section, which features unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and soda, starting at $32, and Tickets Plus+, which includes a ticket concession value of $10 or $20 redeemable throughout the ballpark for food, beverages, and merchandise.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/fan_forum/redsheads.jsp">Reds Heads Kids Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes four ticket vouchers, Reds Heads logo cap and team replica road jersey, Reds-style baseball cap backpack, dog tag, Reds Heads lens logo sunglasses, newsletters, a ticket to the Reds Hall of Fame &amp; Museum, one-day admission to the Cincinnati Zoo, kids meal at Bob Evans Restaurant, a ticket to the &ldquo;A Day in Pompeii&rdquo; exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and soft drinks.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cin">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>16. Citi Field (New York Mets)</h3> <p>Ticket specials for <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/index.jsp">Citi Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/senior_dates.jsp">50% off select seating areas for seniors</a> for all Monday to Thursday matinee games, available for purchase starting at 9 a.m. on game day</li> <li>The <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/mcfaddens.jsp">McFadden&rsquo;s VIP package</a> for select games, which includes one-hour open bar and appetizer buffet before the game, a ticket to the game, and one drink after the 7<sup>th</sup> inning, for $35 to $45</li> <li>Power Packs for families of four for $22 each, which include four game tickets in the Left Field Landing and four hot dogs, hamburgers, or veggie burgers, each with fries and a drink</li> <li>T-shirt Tuesdays, which feature a ticket in the Left Field Landing to select games and a limited-edition T-shirt for $19</li> <li>$10 tickets for students with a valid high school of college ID</li> <li>A complimentary ticket to active military personnel with active military ID, available for pickup in the Ticket Office Lobby in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on game day&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Mets Fan Club for Kids</a>, for young fans, includes a voucher for two tickets to a Mets home game, an ID card, lanyard, cap, commemorative Fathead poster, three issues of the Kids Club newsletter, a birthday card from the Mets, folder, membership certificate, and more, for $25.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; or shorter are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Bike racks are provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <p>A concert is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>17. AT&amp;T Park (San Francisco Giants)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/index.jsp">AT&amp;T&nbsp;Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/dynamic_deal.jsp">Dynamic Deals</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value to as low as $8</li> <li>The Value 6Pack, which includes one ticket to six select games for $39</li> </ul> <p>Fans are permitted to bring paper and plastic grocery bags, purses, fanny packs, backpacks, lunch bags, diaper bags (backpack-style), soft-sided containers, handbags and briefcases into the ballpark as long as they do not exceed 16&quot; x 16&quot; x 8&quot; in size.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed plastic bottles and soft-sided juice containers. Unsealed plastic bottles will be inspected.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Free Wi-Fi is provided to fans.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sf">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>18. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings for <a href="http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/index.jsp">Miller Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>50% off all seats (except Bernie&rsquo;s Terrace and $1 Uecker Seats) to weekday afternoon home games for kids age 14 and younger and seniors age 60 and older</li> <li>$20 for the Brew Crew &amp; The Zoo package, which includes one Terrace Reserved ticket to a select game, one ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, and a Brew Crew &amp; the Zoo T-shirt</li> <li>Brewers $13 Fair Fridays, which includes one Terrace Reserved ticket to any Friday game and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair</li> <li>Corey&rsquo;s Corner tickets plus a limited-edition Corey Hart T-shirt for $35, to benefit the American Heart Association</li> <li>The Harley-Davidson Crew H-D Ticket Package, which includes a ticket to select games, one adult admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum, and an H-D Museum glass mug</li> <li>Miller High Life Mondays, featuring $8 Terrace Reserved seats</li> <li>50% off Terrace Reserved and Loge Bleacher seats for college and high school students with a valid ID to Friday home games, courtesy of Time Warner Cable</li> <li>$1 Uecker Seats, available on game day only.</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/mil/fan_forum/kids_club.jsp?loc=form">Brewers Kids&rsquo; Club</a>, for age 14 and younger, includes an ID card with lanyard, cap, drawstring bag and coin pouch, poster and beads, six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers, and other exclusive opportunities, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed plastic bottles containing soda, water, or juice.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in appropriate containers.</p> <p>Bike racks are provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=mil&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>19. Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/index.jsp">Nationals Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Harris Teeter Family Fun Packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, Coca-Cola/Dasani beverage, and chips, starting at $14 each (two ticket minimum)</li> <li>Miller Lite Party Night (every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), which includes a ticket to a select section and a free Coca-Cola product, Dasani water, or beer, starting at $20</li> <li>A <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free birthday</a> ticket</li> <li>The Beltway Burger Pack, which includes a ticket to a select section, burger, fries, and a drink, starting at $20 (two ticket minimum)</li> <li>50% off tickets $10 or more for college students with a valid college ID (limit one ticket per ID)</li> <li>$3 off tickets $10 or more for military personnel, seniors, and government employees</li> <li>$5 off tickets $24 or more to every Tuesday home game by presenting a Harris Teeter VIC card (four ticket max)</li> <li>$5 off tickets $24 or more on Washington Post Wednesdays by presenting the front page of that day&rsquo;s <i>Washington Post</i></li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/kidsclub_form.jsp">Jr. Nationals Kids Club</a>, for ages 12 and younger, includes a lunch tote, braided necklace, mini-Screech bobblehead, membership card with lanyard, a coupon book with buy-one-get-one-free ticket vouchers and free meal offers, and a Jr. Nationals passport for $15.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles of one-liter in size or less, kids&rsquo; juice boxes, insulin containers, baby food, and empty Nalgene water bottles. Only one bottle per person is permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in single-serving bags within soft-sided containers or coolers.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Kids, age 14 and younger, can ride the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel for free on Sundays.</p> <p>A free bike valet is located in Garage C at the corner of First and N streets, SE. Access to the valet is on N Street, just left of the entrance. The valet will accept bikes 2.5 hours before game time and will close one hour after the game ends.</p> <p>The day after the Nationals win <i>and</i> score at least five runs, fans can use promo code NATS50 for 50% OFF their entire order at PapaJohns.com.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=was">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>20. Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)<b>&nbsp;</b></h3> <p>Ticket savings are offered at <a href="http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ballpark/index.jsp">Comercia Park</a> on various event nights hosted sporadically throughout the season.</p> <p>Membership to the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/det/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Tigers Kids Club</a> includes a Justin Verlander drawstring backpack, two issues of <i>PAWSprint</i>, a kids&rsquo; club passport with lanyard, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">birthday card</a>, and other exclusive offers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottles of unflavored water and juice boxes.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in single-serving bags.</p> <p>Children age 3 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after most Friday and Saturday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=det&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>21. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc">Wrigley Field</a> include <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/chc/ticketing/dynamicpricing.jsp">dynamic pricing</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value.</p> <p>The <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/chc/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp#order_form">Cubs Kids Club</a> membership includes a lanyard, chest protector backpack, baseball cap, school supplies package, stickers, Wrigley Field Tour ticket, child ticket to Legoland Discovery Center Chicago, and front-of-the-line privileges for Kids-Run-the-Bases, for $29.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottles of water.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring food and drink items in acceptable containers.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A free bike valet is located on the southeast corner of Clark and Waveland.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=chc&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>22. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/ballpark/index.jsp">Minute Maid Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>An all-you-can-eat option that includes unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, soda, and water for $30</li> <li>Price Matters, which includes a View Deck II ticket, a hot dog, a bag of H-E-B chips, and one soda for $10</li> <li>The Coca-Cola Value Zone, which includes a Mezzanine ticket, Astros cap, a hot dog, and 20 oz. Coke product for $20, available every Friday to Sunday home game</li> <li>$30 for a Guys Night Out package, which includes a Field Box II ticket, sausage dog, one draft beer or small soda, and an Astros cap</li> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The Astro Buddies Kids Club (MVP membership), for age 14 and younger, includes four Astros tickets, discount ticket offers, and other perks, for $20. Rookie membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=hou">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>23. U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox)<b>&nbsp;</b></h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ballpark/index.jsp">U.S. Cellular Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value</li> <li>Kids Days, when tickets for kids age 13 and younger are $1 each when a full-price adult ticket is purchased for select games</li> <li>One free ticket to active members of the military, based on availability, at the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office on game day with a valid military ID</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/kidsclub_index.jsp">White Sox Kids Club</a> (All-Star membership), for age 13 and younger, includes four White Sox tickets, a welcome postcard from a White Sox player, T-shirt, cap, White Sox mini-bobblehead, foam finger, and more, for $35. Slugger membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each fan may bring in one sealed bottle of water, one liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in small, see-through plastic bags.</p> <p>Children 36&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cws">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>24. Target Field (Minnesota Twins)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ballpark/index.jsp">Target Field</a> include demand-based pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on demand.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in sealed bottled water 32 oz. or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers. Empty, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">plastic sport-type water bottles</a> are also permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in soft-sided containers that will fit under a seat.</p> <p>Children 30&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=min">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>25. PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com">PNC Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>50% to 60% off Grandstand, Bleacher Reserved, and Upper Grandstand seats for kids age 14 and younger</li> <li>$38 for all-you-can-eat seats in the Outfield Reserved section, which include unlimited burgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, salads, ice cream, and soda for $38</li> <li>Pepsi Max Packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, pretzel, and a Pepsi, for $24 on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons</li> <li>$10 off Sunday home game tickets with a Giant Eagle Advantage Card</li> <li>Up to $10 off each ticket when you purchase with a PNC Bank Check Card</li> <li>$25 for one human and one dog ticket on <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/ticketing/pup_night_form.jsp">Pup Nights</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Bucaroos Kids Club</a> (Gold membership) includes four ticket vouchers, six buy one, get one free ticket vouchers, a lunch cooler, winter gloves, and exclusive experience opportunities, for $15. Sliver membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>All fans receive a free Pirates T-shirt at every Friday home game.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Saturday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=pit&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.&nbsp;</p> <h3>26. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ballpark/index.jsp">Kauffman Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>All-you-can-eat seats in the Loge Level, which include unlimited hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels, and Pepsi products for $40</li> <li>Family FunDay Sunday 4-Packs, which include four tickets in the Hy-Vee Infield, $10 in concession credit on each ticket, and an All Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience, available every Sunday home game for $80</li> <li>$10 Fountain Seats on Value Games</li> <li>Frenchy Quarter Thursdays, which feature an Outfield Box seat, a &ldquo;The Frenchy Quarter&rdquo; T-shirt, and blue Mardi Gras beads, available every Thursday home game for $21</li> <li>50% off to Jackson County residents to select home games</li> <li>Play Packs, which include two Field Plaza tickets with $5 in concession credit and two Play Passes for unlimited games in the Outfield Experience for $25</li> <li>$7 Hy-Vee Level tickets to all Monday home games</li> <li>Half-priced tickets in the Loge Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Box, Hy-Vee Infield and Hy-Vee Outfield, to all Sunday to Thursday home games for seniors age 65 and older</li> <li>$7 Outfield Box and Hy-Vee Infield tickets to all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with a valid ID</li> <li>Up to four half-priced tickets for active-duty and retired military with a valid military ID.</li> <li>$7 Hy-Vee Infield tickets to every Wednesday home game for age 14 and younger&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/bluecrew_form.jsp">Sluggerrr&rsquo;s Blue Crew Youth Fan Club</a> membership, for age 14 and younger, includes a Royals replica batting practice jersey, jersey-style backpack with MP3 player pocket, special-edition reusable water bottle, VIP access to the Sprint Fun Run, two game ticket vouchers, vouchers to the Outfield Experience; child&rsquo;s admission for a ballpark tour, and other special offers, for $20.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Each fan may bring in one sealed bottled water, 20 oz. or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in soft-sided containers.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>27. Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)</h3> <p>At <a href="http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/index.jsp">Fenway Park</a>, fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted free.</p> <h3>28. Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ballpark/index.jsp">Marlins Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Special offer every Wednesday</li> <li>$10 Gameday Specials; <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/all_you_can_eat.jsp">Monday &ldquo;All You Can Eat&rdquo;</a> tickets to select games, which include unlimited hot dogs, sodas, water, nachos, peanuts, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn">popcorn</a></li> <li>Tuesday &ldquo;Family Four Pack&rdquo; tickets, which include tickets, hot dogs, chips, and sodas for four, starting at $54</li> <li>50% off tickets to Wednesday home game with a fill-up of eight gallons or more of Chevron gasoline</li> <li>$5 one ticket with a voucher from participating Subway restaurants</li> <li>Free tickets to military employees, active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and their dependents, on Military Mondays, sponsored by Outback Steakhouse</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sites/all/libraries/fckeditor/editor/marlins.com/billysbunch">Billy&rsquo;s Bunch Kids Club</a> (free for residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, and Monroe counties, ages 12 and younger) includes a welcome letter from Billy the Marlin, an official Billy&rsquo;s Bunch membership card, Heath Bell player poster, Miami Marlins &ldquo;black eye,&rdquo; Billy&rsquo;s Bunch messenger bag, Billy&rsquo;s Bunch Family Sunday Passport, and a free Duffy&rsquo;s kid&rsquo;s meal coupon.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottled water 20 oz. or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers.</p> <p>Each fan is permitted to bring in one single-serving food item in a clear plastic bag. Fruit must be sliced.</p> <p>Children age 3 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Free concerts are hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=mia">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>29. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at the <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=oak&amp;sv=1">Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>$2 tickets in the Plaza Outfield and Plaza Reserved sections to every Wednesday home game</li> <li>50% off Plaza Level tickets to every Thursday home game</li> <li>XFINITY Friday Family Packs, which include Plaza Level tickets, hot dogs, medium drinks, and bags of peanuts for four, for $50</li> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/fan_forum/kids_club_info.jsp">Oakland A&rsquo;s Kids Club</a> (All-Star membership), for age 14 and younger, includes an A&rsquo;s Kids Club sweatshirt-style drawstring bag; water bottle, lanyard, coupon booklet with free and discounted offers on A&rsquo;s tickets and merchandise, and more, for $20. Rookie membership is free.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>All fans park for free at most Tuesday games.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=oak&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>30. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tb&amp;sv=1">Tropicana Field</a> include <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/tb/ticketing/family_fun_days.jsp">Tampa Bay Times Family Fun Days</a>, which feature special tickets offers that include a voucher for a hot dog, snack, and Pepsi product, available every Sunday home game.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/tb/fan_forum/rays_rookies.jsp">Rays Rookies</a> membership, for age 14 and younger, includes official Rays Rookies jersey, drawstring backpack, membership card, coupons for merchandise and concession items, ticket vouchers to two Rays home games, and other discounts, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottled water one liter or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption.</p> <p>Children younger than age 2 are admitted for free.</p> <p>Free concerts are hosted after some Saturday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tb&amp;y=2011">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p><em>Are you privy to deals and discounts at your favorite MLB stadium that are not on this list? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fa-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FA%20Complete%20Guide%20to%20Saving%20at%20Americas%20Baseball%20Stadiums.jpg&amp;description=A%20Complete%20Guide%20to%20Saving%20at%20Americas%20Baseball%20Stadiums" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/A%20Complete%20Guide%20to%20Saving%20at%20Americas%20Baseball%20Stadiums.jpg" alt="A Complete Guide to Saving at America's Baseball Stadiums" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv">How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-caught-a-world-series-home-run-whats-it-worth">So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What&#039;s It Worth?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel baseball nice things to do for my girlfriend sports summer fun Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 937042 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Ways to Have Cheap Summer Fun http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-cheap-summer-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-ways-to-have-cheap-summer-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2956787150_5f9228defc_z.jpg" alt="kids on beach" title="kids on beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="164" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to enjoy your summer without breaking the bank? Check out the following ideas for frugal summer fun. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-places-to-go-to-beat-the-summer-heat">9 Places to Go to Beat the Summer Heat</a>)</p> <h3>1. Get in the Water</h3> <p>We can&rsquo;t talk about summer without mentioning pools, right? Whether you have a pool in your backyard or in your community, this is not only a way to have fun, but swimming laps is also great exercise. No pool? No problem! Break out the hose and get a packet of water balloons for a few dollars or less.</p> <h3>2. Have a Picnic</h3> <p>Even if your job requires that you work year-round, you can still have picnic lunches with coworkers during the workweek or with friends on the weekends. Assign each person a drink or food item to bring, and have a great meal without an exorbitant cost.</p> <h3>3. Run a Car Wash to Raise Money for Charity</h3> <p>If you want to beat the heat, why not do it in a way that will also help out others? Hosting car washes is a popular summer activity, and the only costs you&rsquo;ll incur are for soap and water.</p> <h3>4. Have a Bonfire</h3> <p>For this, all you need is some wood and a fire pit (or place you can safely contain a fire without wildfire risk). Get some friends together and cook hot dogs and s&rsquo;mores for less than a couple dollars per person, if everyone chips in.</p> <h3>5. Garden</h3> <p>Have a green thumb? Summer may be a dry season for some states, but gardening and landscaping can still be done on the cheap if you have the tools available (or can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-10-items-to-borrow">borrow from a neighbor</a>).</p> <h3>6. Pursue Photography</h3> <p>Summer is a wonderful time to try your hand at photography. Whether you're taking pictures of family events, nature, vacations, or just hanging out with friends, photography is an affordable way to have fun and capture these memories for years to come.</p> <h3>7. Get in&nbsp;Shape</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s going to be hot this summer, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean you shouldn&rsquo;t get out and exercise. Biking, running, hiking, or sports can all be done for very little to no money if you have the equipment already.</p> <h3>8. Visit an Art Gallery or Museum</h3> <p>Many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free">museums</a> and art galleries offer free or low-priced admission fees. Take advantage of a valuable cultural experience and escape the heat at the same time.</p> <h3>9. Read or Write a Book</h3> <p>Summer is a great time for reading on the beach or by the pool. Or, if you have an idea for a story in mind, why not use this season to put your thoughts to paper?</p> <h3>10. Study a New Language</h3> <p>Thanks to the internet, studying a language has never been easier. There are also several affordable apps for those with tablets or smartphones.</p> <h3>11. Take a Community College Class</h3> <p>A summer class at your local college probably won&rsquo;t cost you more than a couple hundred dollars (much less in some locales).</p> <h3>12. Learn to Knit or Sew</h3> <p>Knitted clothing isn&rsquo;t too popular in summer, but why not start preparing for the winter months now? Sewing is also useful year-round, and it won&rsquo;t cost you much to get started with a needle and thread.</p> <h3>13. Rough It</h3> <p>Camping isn&rsquo;t always dirt cheap, but if you&rsquo;re boondocking with your motorhome or camping on public lands, it can be a frugal vacation for many families. Or consider pitching a tent right in your own backyard!</p> <h3>14. Play Team Sports</h3> <p>With the days getting longer, the kids are going to want to be outside more. Either sign them up for a team sport (basketball, soccer, baseball, football, street hockey, etc.) or play with family and neighbors. There are also many adult sports clubs currently in existence or forming for the summer! Whether you want to play tennis, soccer, basketball, etc. &mdash; there are usually teams out there (some clubs are for all ages). Check your local parks and recreation website or search on Google to find some great clubs in your area.</p> <h3>15. Learn Magic Tricks</h3> <p>A well-performed magic trick can be a lot of fun. There are several websites, videos, and books you can find on the subject and some tricks can be done with simple goods from your own home.</p> <h3>16. Help the Kids Run a Lemonade Stand</h3> <p>A good way for kids to make money during the summer is opening a lemonade stand. It can be fun and a good learning experience in personal finance (you can never start too young). If not lemonade, then consider animal balloons, if your kids are willing to learn how to make them.</p> <h3>17. Host a Family Game Night</h3> <p>Have board games or video game consoles? Organize a family game night.</p> <h3>18. Go to a Matinee Movie</h3> <p>Many cinemas offer cheaper ticket prices on Tuesdays and for morning shows during the week. A few hours in a cool, dark theater can be a welcome change from the blistering heat outside.</p> <h3>19. Volunteer</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for some opportunities to serve your community, check for local postings or on <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/">Volunteer Match</a>.</p> <h3>20. Prepare a Budget Meal</h3> <p>Even if budget meals are already a common habit for you, challenge yourself to spend less than you do normally. Maybe try more coupon clipping or grow more of your own produce.</p> <h3>21. Become a Masseur</h3> <p>Experiment with different massaging techniques on your friends or spouse. You might be able to convince them to give you one in return.</p> <h3>22. Have a BBQ Potluck</h3> <p>Grilling is another favorite pastime, especially during the summer. If everyone pitches in a dish, you can have a huge meal without the usual cost.</p> <h3>23. Go Couch Surfing</h3> <p>Want to travel but not pay a fortune for accommodations? Then check out <a href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/">CouchSurfing</a> for a free place to stay while on the go!</p> <h3>24. Catch Up on Your Favorite TV Shows</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">Hulu and Netflix</a> offer cheap streaming options. Some free episodes are also available online from the official network sites or iTunes.</p> <h3>25. Have a Garage Sale</h3> <p>Cut down on the &ldquo;stuff&rdquo; in your life, make money, and have fun while doing it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-kehoe">Kelly Kehoe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-cheap-summer-fun">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-ways-to-entertain-teenagers">19 Frugal Ways to Entertain Teenagers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-write-a-letter">22 Reasons to Write a Letter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-paying-for-cable-television-but-keep-up-with-your-favorite-shows">Stop Paying For Cable Television But Keep Up With Your Favorite Shows</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living outdoor dining summer fun things to do Thu, 10 May 2012 10:24:11 +0000 Kelly Kehoe 927929 at http://www.wisebread.com