If you have ever been to a theme park, you know that there are very few ways to do it super frugally. The food can cost a lot, getting in the gate can be ridiculous and then, of course, there are all the things kids (and adults) will want from all the gift shops. If you don’t want to spend far out of your budget on these items, here are some tips on how to save money on souvenirs at theme parks.
How to Save Money on Souvenirs at Theme Parks
Look for discounts at area grocery stores. Many times, you will find discount tickets for getting in the gate, but you can also find park “bucks” (some parks offer them) to use in the park with tickets as a package that you can use to buy your souvenirs.
Buy souvenirs before you go to the park. If you are heading to a place like Disney World, you can buy all kinds of merchandise that could be souvenirs if you buy them right before you go to the park. Buy fun T–shirts to wear to the park to help stave off the ‘I wants’ when you come across them in stores and gift shops.
Buy after you leave, online. Often, you can find souvenirs on sites like eBay and even Craigslist. Sometimes, just Googling the name of the theme park and ‘souvenirs’ may bring you to stores that sell discontinued and discounted stuff from the last season.
Go to the park near the end of the season or very beginning of the season. Most theme parks have new merchandise that comes out each season and they will often discount the older stuff to make room for the next season’s items.
Only allow each person to spend a certain amount on souvenirs. While this doesn’t save money on the price of the items, it does set a certain amount you will spend so you can budget better for the trip.
Watch social media. Sometimes, on theme parks’ social media accounts, they will offer a free souvenir with the purchase of a ticket pack. They also sometimes do giveaways for their souvenirs as well.
Do research on what freebies the park offers. Many of these freebies make great souvenirs and free is the best price of all! For instance, some parks offer free stickers, buttons, newsletters pictures and so on. You can also often buy refillable cups for the day at the park that allow you to get discounted or free drink refills all day. This, in turn, turns into it’s own souvenir after the day is over.
Look for season pass deals and ask if they come with any free souvenirs. Sometimes, season passes, early in the season, will offer a bonus of a free T–shirt or some other souvenirs to entice you to buy early.