We had a ball (literally) for July 4th! In my efforts to save money, I decided against the usual cookout for friends and family and spent the day relaxing. My dad was in town so the boys spent time with their grandpa while I received some much needed down time. Of course, I wasn't going to spend the whole day without my boys. Later that night, we went to a baseball game (on the cheap). This is how I made it happen...
The tickets were gifted to us from one of my grandpa's friends. They had season tickets and couldn't make the July 4th game (#score)! I snatched them up quickly (in hindsight, I'm glad I did because it was a sold out game). It is not everyday you can attend a baseball game for free! I didn't care where the seats were located! Fortunately, when we got there, we realized the seats were stellar. They were front row right behind home base. It was great for the kids to see how the pitches come to the batter and how the umpire calls balls and strikes. Not only did we have fun but it was a great educational opportunity. My boyfriend joined us since I had 4 tickets and that was his first time EVER seeing baseball. I had fun teaching everyone about the game and they had fun learning. $44 saved + learning opportunity
The food in the stadium is very expensive! $5 for a hotdog?! I'll pass! I knew it was going to be expensive so I made sure we ate ahead of time. We stopped to grab some fast food on the way to the stadium which cost less than $20. This was a huge savings as we didn't have to purchase food until later in the game and we didn't have to buy as much. We only bought fries, a pretzel, and drinks and everyone was satisfied. Approximately $50 saved
The seats were entertainment by themselves but we didn't stop there. We danced, we participated in the screaming contest, and were featured on camera! My oldest son loves to dance so when the camera panned over to him, he started dancing even harder! It was hilarious. Also, while he was eating his fries, he caught a game ball. The batter hit the ball but it fouled, hit the top of the stadium, and landed in Deric's ketchup-filled hands! We were all amazed and in shock. Because we were there for the 4th, the tickets also included a fireworks show! It was an amazing display. It was the first time my boyfriend ever saw fireworks in person and Christian (4-year-old) was scared but he was still in amazement. Deric didn't look away the whole display and neither did I! Priceless
Overall, we had a ball and it was a great way to spend our July 4th holiday. I saved almost $100 by taking advantage of opportunities and planning appropriately. I tied in a learning opportunity and gained some priceless memories. You can have fun while being frugal! What did you do for your July 4th holiday? Anything exciting? I would love to hear!