Thursday, March 15, 2012

Buy a Zoo Membership

Families with young kids who live near a zoo should look into getting a membership.  In my case, the closest zoo is the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio.  For a family of four (two adults and two kids), the price tag for a single day admission is (2 adults x $10 + 2 kids x $7) = $34, plus $6 parking.  That's $40. 

For a typical family that goes to the zoo say, four times a year, that's $160 per year.

Conversely, the family membership would cost $71 per year.  That's a savings of $89 per year, plus, certain zoos in other cities offer a 50 percent discount to their zoo if I show them my Toledo Zoo Membership.  With free parking.  In addition, the Zoo Membership is partly or fully tax deductible.

You just saved $89 by making a decision ahead of time.  If you use it twice, you more than pay for it.

The Frugal Maestro


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