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Your Money Monday: Discounts and Deals

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(WGGB) — There’s still plenty of summer left and you and your family may want to hit the road, get out, and have some fun.

However, in this economy, money may be a little tight.

Tonight, we give you the tips you need to find discounts and deals to popular attractions and some of your favorite spots.

SIX FLAGS NEW ENGLAND
A popular local spot for thrills is, of course, Six Flags New England, but the tickets and parking can make for a pricey adventure. Turns out if you plan ahead, you can save about the equivalent of what it costs to park at Six Flags New England.

A normal adult ticket for the park is $56.99, but if you purchase the ticket online at Six Flags’ website instead of at the park, you’ll pay kids price, just $46.99.

Even better, if you purchase the ticket three days ahead of time, you can enter the promo code “Coke” in the upper right hand corner of the site. That way, you’ll save $16 and get your ticket for just $40.99.

Also, don’t forget to follow Six Flags New England on Facebook to see all of their promos and deals right on your news feed.

HOLYOKE BLUE SOX
A trip to a Red Sox game gets pricey fast. If the tickets weren’t bad enough, then you have to pay for travel, food and drinks.

You can avoid all that hassle and still catch a great game right here in Western Mass. The Holyoke Blue Sox have some good incentives to get you to the park.

A regular adult admission to a Blue Sox game is just $6. Child admission is $4 and children 5 years and under get in for free.

If you can get a few families together, the Blue Sox offer good group rates. You have to order a minimum of 25 tickets for the group package. Each person gets a ticket, hot dog and soda for just $8.75.

For more Blue Sox deals and promotions sent right to your phone, text “Blue Sox” to 55469.

TAKING IN A MOVIE
While outdoor activities are a big part of the summer season, sometimes it’s just too hot. That’s when an air-conditioned movie can be the perfect option, But between tickets, food and drinks, that summer blockbuster can become a wallet buster.

Luckily for you, many local movie theaters are offering terrific deals.

For example, every Tuesday Entertainment Cinema in Springfield offers movies for just $5.75 all day and night. If you go before 6:00 p.m. any other day of the week, movies are also $5.75.

At local Rave movie theaters, there’s an even better deal – just $5 every Tuesday and $5 every other day before noon.

The Cinemark theater in Hadley offers movies for $5.75 on Tuesdays as well, but they also offer a Summer Movie Clubhouse on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Movies shown during the Clubhouse are older (within the last three years) but each ticket is only $1. All Clubhouse movies are rated either G or PG.

FREE FUN FRIDAYS
If you wait until the end of the week, you can really score some good deals. That’s because a number of museums and attractions across the state are taking part in “Free Fun Fridays.”

Each Friday through August 30th, six different attractions across the state are free.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Aug. 2 – Boston Children’s Museum and the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston
  • Aug. 9 – The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst and the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford.
  • Aug. 16 – Springfield Museums and Berkshire Museum
  • Aug. 30 – Plimouth Plantation and the Discovery Museums in Acton

You can find the full Free Fun Friday schedule here.

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
You may remember we featured the New England Aquarium on one of our ABC40 Road Trips and you can find plenty of deals on the aquarium’s website.

An adult ticket is $24.95. A child ticket is $17.95. However, if you know what you want to do ahead of time, you can purchase “combo tickets.”

An adult entry/IMAX combo ticket will save you about five dollars. The aquarium offers combo tickets for its whale watch as well.

Also on the website, you can find discounts for teachers and college students, hotel packages, and discounts for groups of 10 people or more.

HUNTING FOR DEALS
You may think you have to scour the internet, newspapers and fliers to find deals on things to do with the kids this summer, but the truth is all you have to do is head to a site you probably go to every day: Facebook.

Many museums, parks and attractions have their own Facebook page and use it to promote special deals. Simply “like” the page, and you’ll see those promotions right on your Facebook feed, maybe when you’re not even looking for them.

Same thing goes for Twitter. Even if you’re not keen on how to “tweet,” you don’t really have to. By simply creating a a Twitter account and following the places you’re interested in, you can find plenty of deals.

Don’t forget about sites like Groupon.com, RetailMeNot.com and Restaurant.com. They are constantly promoting deals.

You can also install the websites’ app on your phone for easy updates. In fact, right now the Forest Park Zoo is offering a deal on Groupon that doesn’t expire until September — a $17 ticket for just $10.

HELPFUL LINKS:
Six Flags New England
Holyoke Blue Sox
Free Fun Fridays
Basketball Hall of Fame (Mass. Teachers, Military, and AAA discounts)
AAA Pioneer Valley – Attraction/Ticket Discounts (AAA membership required)
Boston Children’s Museum – Ways to Save
Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield (Teacher, Miltary Discounts)
Groupon
RetailMeNot.com

Local libraries offering museum passes and/or discounts
(check with your local library to see if they may offer passes/discounts)
Springfield Public Library – Museum passes
Holyoke Public Library – Museum passes
Northampton Public Library – Museum passes
Westfield Public Library – Museum passes
Chicopee Public Library – Museum passes
Greenfield Public Library – Museum passes


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