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What Should I Spend on a Wedding Gift?

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Attending an upcoming wedding and wondering how much to spend on a wedding gift?  Money Saving Quest is here to help.

AVERAGE / GENERAL CONSENSUS

Gone are the “price per plate” days, where guests would determine a gift price based on their assumption of how much the couple spent on hosting them.

The general consensus is that you should expect to spend at least $50 on a wedding gift.  The average is typically $50 to $100. 

However, be sure to choose an amount that you’re comfortable with and feels right to you.

GUIDELINES

There are many factors to take into consideration when trying to figure out the best amount to spend on a wedding gift.  Whether you’re gifting cash or presents, here are some of them to keep in mind:

Your Budget

First, consider where you are financially and what you’re comfortable spending.  For students, those just graduating college, and those on a tight budget, $50 is a perfectly acceptable amount to spend (regardless of any other factors).   For those in the early years of their career, $100 is a good starting point.  At these amounts, you will still be able to find a thoughtful gift that won’t break your budget.

If you truly cannot afford to dish out the $50, make up what you can’t spend in money with time and thoughtfulness.  A thoughtful, handmade gift is sure to be appreciated by the couple.

One thing to be sure to keep in mind:  Price is less important than sentiment. 

Your Relationship to the Couple 

Generally speaking, the closer you are to the couple, the more you should gift.  Consider the following “ballpark” monetary break down by relationship:

  • One of your closet friends or relatives: $100-$200
    • For your dearest friends and relatives, it’s worth spending a little more.
  • Friend or relative: $75-$125
  • Distant family friend or relative: $50-$75
  • Neighbor or casual acquaintance: $50-$75
  • Coworker or boss: $50-$75
RELATIONSHIP TO COUPLE
PERCENTILE IMMEDIATE FAMILY EXTENDED FAMILY CLOSE FRIEND FRIEND
10th $30 $20 $25 $20
30th 50 40 50 25
Median 100 50 60 50
70th 150 100 100 50
90th 500 195 200 100
Average $147 $71 $82 $50

Survey conducted Aug. 23-24 with 1,050 respondents

Source: Surveymonkey audience

Your Role in the Wedding

Your role in the wedding is another big factor that typically influences your wedding gift amount.

Between attire, parties, and other events, being a bridesmaids or groomsmen can be quite the financial and time commitment.  Taking this into consideration, they shouldn’t feel obligated to purchase a $150 gift for the couple.  Consider sticking to the $50 minimum guideline, or alternatively, the bridal party can all chip in to purchase one large gift.

Other Factors

Destination wedding – If you’re spending a lot of money on travel (airfare, hotel, etc.) to attend the special day, it is expected and understood to spend less on a gift (lower end of the spectrum).  Chances are that the couple is pretty important to you if you’re willing to travel for the wedding, so you should still try to spend at least $50 to $100.

Unable to attend wedding  If you can’t make it to the wedding for whatever reason, it is still an accepted practice to send a gift.  The amount you spend depends on the previously mentioned considerations.

Bringing a guest/date If you are bringing someone to the wedding, add a little extra to the gift amount as a courtesy and acknowledgment of their hospitality.

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Finding The Right Car For You, At The Lowest Price

This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are mine.

Finding The Right Car For You

Are you looking for a new car (or your very first car) and feel overwhelmed with the vast array of choices in the market?  There are many factors to consider and many questions to ask yourself before even heading to the dealership to browse. This post will provide tips and advice for car buyers looking to identify the right vehicle for their budget and lifestyle.

Things To Consider Initially

First, you’ll want to take into consideration how much you can afford.  Make sure you have a budget in mind to help you stay focused on cars you can truly afford.  A good rule of thumb that I’ve heard from multiple sources is that your car payments should not exceed 20% of your monthly net pay (or in other words, the total value of all your vehicles should not be more than half of your annual income).  How much money can you put down on the vehicle?  Remember that the bigger the down payment, the lower your monthly payments will be.  Such websites as Cars.com have handy tools that can help you estimate your payments and how much you can afford.

Next, consider your wants and (more importantly) your needs.  This includes the many car features that are available to you.  Here is a list I’ve compiled that outlines such considerations:

Wants

  • Type of car
    • Sedan, minivan, compact car, convertible, coupe, etc.
  • Make and model

Needs (Focus on these)

  • Size / Space – How many passengers will you typically have?
  • Transport / Cargo
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Manual vs. Automatic transmission
  • Weather conditions

Features (What are your “must haves“?)

  • Luxury
  • Performance
  • Safety
  • Technology

Finally, determine whether you want to buy a new car or a used car.  Buying a used car will save you money and it can be hard to tell the difference between a new one if there’s not a ton of miles on it.   Consider, too, whether you want to lease or buy (this has been a very hot topic the past few years).  A lease allows you to put a more expensive vehicle in your driveway for less money every few years.  However, if you tend to keep your car until it quits, leasing isn’t probably your best bet.  Owning gives you more flexibility and usually makes more financial sense when interest rates are low.

Research, Research, Research

Now that you have a good idea of your budget and needs, and may even have a particular vehicle in mind, it’s time to do some research and planning. This is a critical step in the process (especially the pricing portion) and much of the information can be found online.  Without research, your vehicle purchase is more likely to lead to buyer’s remorse.

Before visiting the dealership, make sure you know the market price of the vehicle(s) you are interested in.   Both Kelley Blue Book and Truecar.com provide such information, offering a fair market value price and price range for a new or used car based on what others have paid.   Not knowing this information can be an expensive mistake.

Read what the experts and current owners have to say about a certain vehicle to discover it’s performance strengths and how it compares to others in it class.  J.D. Power and Cars.com offer such reviews and ratings.

Many websites offer side-by-side comparisons that are also helpful in choosing the right car that meets your needs.

Search the Internet, call around, and visit local dealerships to explore your options that are in your local area.  Be sure to compare quotes from multiple dealerships.

How Cars.com Can Help You Research and More

Cars.com

Cars.com is an excellent resource to use when looking for a vehicle, as they offer a ton of information to help make the right choice.  A comprehensive array of research tools and services can be found on their website such as the following:

  1. Find cars for sale/trade and sell/trade your own – Cars.com has a wide selection of new and used cars available for you to purchase.  You can even find a connected dealer near you, along with contact information and reviews. Cars.com gives you free, no-obligation new car quotes from up to 3 local car dealers.  If you’re selling your own vehicle, they help you to find its current value and offer valuable advice on how to sell it.
  2. Research car models – Even if you’re just starting your search, you can scroll down to “Browse Models” on the main page (or here) to view models by body style (SUV, sedan, convertible, etc.), make, price, and more. Cars.com also offers side by side comparisons where you can see how cars compare to one another.
  3. Service and repair – Get a service estimate, find service centers, get repair/maintenance advice, and find information on the latest recalls.
  4. Expert and consumer car reviews – Cars.com has the largest database of consumer reviews in the car industry. There are also bias free expert reviews on new 2017 models as well as on models dating back many years.
  5. Videos and reviews – The “Videos & Reviews” section is one of the best sections of the website. Watching the video reviews gives you a virtual dealership experience in a way, showing you the all of features both inside and outside of the car you are interested in.

Don’t forget to check Cars.com to learn more!

Test Drive Before Making Your Final Decision

You’ve done your research and narrowed down your choices.  It’s now time for a test drive.

Test driving a car gives you “peace of mind” that you’re making the right decision.  Doing so allows you to test out all of the features and get a good “feel” for how the car performs.

You will most likely be driving this vehicle daily, so it’s important that it fits your lifestyle and that you’re comfortable in it.

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(5) Other Money Saving Tips

Besides doing your research ahead of time, here are a few other ways to save money in the car buying process:

1] Pay in cash (if you can)

This is certainly not an option for everybody, but if you can pay cash in full you will eliminate monthly interest costs  and finance fees.  Monthly car payments are also eliminated.  Owing money on a car only makes it more expensive, with the value of your car only going down once you drive it off the lot.

You may also be able to get significant discounts by paying in cash, as well as more bargaining power at the dealership.

According to Cars.com, paying cash can also make it easier to sell your car when the time comes.

2] Best times to shop for a car

MonthAugust is said to be the best month to buy a car, as the highest discounts are offered and incentives are increased.  Honorable mention goes to December, when dealerships offer year-end discounts try to get rid of last year’s inventory to make way for new models.

Day of the week – According to TrueCar.com, the best day of the week to buy a car is Sunday, when there is lower consumer demand and higher incentive for dealerships to close out the week with strong sales.

Other – Salespeople may be more willing to offer better deals the last few days of the month, as they work on commission and often get bonuses for the number of vehicles they sell in a month.

3] Visit multiple dealerships

Especially if you’re looking at used cars, be sure to visit at least 3 to 4 different dealerships to see what financing, pricing, and service they have to offer.  Don’t be afraid to use dealership competition to your advantage.  With the rise of online sales, there’s no longer a need to spend valuable time haggling at a dealership.

4] Buy used

Buying a used car comes down to two main advantages: less depreciation and lower insurance rates.

As mentioned previously, cars lose value as soon as they drive off the lot.  Within the first year, some new models can even lose 20-40% in their value.

Also, a vehicle that is worth less money costs less to insure.

Overall, going the used car route is going to save you thousands of dollars with the elimination of fees, subsequent costs, and depreciation.

5] Don’t negotiate based on monthly payment

One question you are bound to be asked by a salesperson is “How much are you looking to pay per month?”  This is because they want to set the price based on the maximum monthly payment that you are willing to pay and will adjust this price to get you the exact monthly payment you’re looking for.  However, make sure you negotiate the price, not the car payment!

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Best of luck!  * Comment below with what things have made your past car buying experiences enjoyable and less stressful *

New York State Fair: On A Budget (2017)

It’s that time of the year again… the NY State Fair!

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UPDATED FOR 2017!

Spending a day (or more) at the Fair can be an expensive outing (on average, visitors spend about $121). As the goal of this blog is to help save you money, I’ve compiled a list of ways to have a good time at the Fair without breaking the bank:

Tickets / Admission

  • Advance sale tickets – Available through August 23, 2017 only – $6 for adults* (otherwise $10 at the gate)
    • A full list of locations where these are sold can be found here
  • *NEW* Preview Day/Governor’s Day – $1 admission on Wednesday, August 23
  • Six-Day Frequent Fairgoer Admission Pass – allows one person to attend six days at the Fair for $30
  • $3 admission Thursdays (August 24, August 31)
  • *NEW* Family Fishing Day (August 27)  – free admission for those who show a valid sporting license at the gate
  • Law Enforcement Day (August 28) – free admission to any active or retired law enforcement personnel or corrections personnel
  • Senior Citizen’s Day (August 28 and August 29) – free admission to senior citizens (60 years of age and older)
  • Fire & Rescue Day (August 29)free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization
  • Armed Forces Day (August 31) – free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification
  • Six Nations Day (September 1) – free admission for Native Americans
  • Student Day (September 1) – free admission to those 18 years old and under
  • Summer Send Off “Dollar Day” (September 4) – $1 admission on the last day of the fair
  • The Fair has sold $4 general admission tickets in the past few years, as well as $3 Cyber Monday tickets, and $3 tickets during the Solar Eclipse
  • *NEW* Groupon is currently offering 50% off general admission tickets

*Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair*

Travel

Save on gas and parking (and hassle, too) by taking the bus!

Centro will once again provide its popular direct service to the New York State Fair. The 12 Park-N-Ride locations and schedules can be found here. Centro Ride Passes and transfers are accepted. For most of the locations, it is a $2 fare for adults (ages 10-64) and children 5 and under are free.

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PLEASE NOTE: Centro will NOT be running direct service from the Syracuse Transit Hub to the Amphitheater during the State Fair.

Park-N-Ride at Destiny USA

Looking for the closest, quickest, most convenient way to get to and from the New York State Fair? Destiny USA is your official Park-and-Ride location! Centro provides direct service to The great New York State Fair from Destiny USA. The Park-N-Ride Express departs every 10 minutes from the shelter located between Eastside Lots 2 & 3 on Solar St beginning at 10:00 am and continuing until midnight. Returning shuttles depart the State Fair Main Gate every 10 minutes beginning at 10:15 am and continuing until 12:15 am.

*NEW* Round-trip shuttle passes available for purchase at the Park-N-Ride location. Cash only. See Centro attendant at shuttle shelter for details.

Related: How to get to the New York State Fair without a car

What to know about taking Uber or Lyft to the New York State Fair

 

Money Saving Coupons

Head over here to check out and download the State Fair Money Saving Coupons! The coupons include discounts on a variety of things including food, wine, bull riding, and more. These easy print at home coupons are the perfect way to save a buck.

Entertainment

Rides

  • Wade Shows Midway Monday (August 28) – Special limited wristband offer, 10 rides for only $10.00.
  • Advance sale:
    • Midway Mega Pass Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $70.00 each for unlimited rides (all day, every day)
    • Midway One-Day Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $20 or $25 each (all day, any one day)

Chevy Court

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Perhaps the best FREE concert series in America, the Chevy Court stage will host 26 free concerts this year from artists like LeAnn Rimes, 3 Doors Down, Kansas and more.

Attractions/Exhibits

For $2, you can visit the SkyRiver Butterfly Exhibit, where you can hold a butterfly on a q-tip.

There are dozens of other attractions at the New York State Fair that are displayed here, including free shows and exhibits.  Here are some new ones for 2017:

 

Food / Drink

  • Milk
    • Get a delicious 7 ounce cup of chocolate or white milk for 25 cents at the Rainbow Milk Bar (Dairy Building)
  • Baked Potato
    • Get a baked potato with toppings for only $1 at the Potato Booth (NE corner of Horticulture Building)
  • Hot Dogs
    • There are various food stands that offer $1 hot dogs (i.e. Emmi’s Hots)

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  • Ice Cream
    • Utica Coffee Company offers $1 ice cream scoops
    • Several ice cream stands offer mini-cones for $1
    • Turkey Hill is handing out free carmel-peanut butter gelato cups this year
  • $3 to $5
    • $3.50 quarter-pounder hamburger – Horan’s
    • $4 sausage burger – Gianelli Sausage
    • $3 double cheese burger – Emmi’s
  • $2 and under choices
    • Las Delicias – Chicken Empanadas ($2 each)
    • Several stands sell 12-ounce cans of soda for a dollar
    • The apple fritters from The Cabin at the West End are three for $2
    • Chicken tenders – The Hofmann Hot Dogs/Twin Trees Restaurant stand offers tenders for $1 (Hot dogs and water, too)

Bonus tip: If you go on a hot day and/or tend to get thirsty often, plan on purchasing from a vendor who offers free refills. For example, you pay $10 upfront but get unlimited refills throughout the day.  If possible, never pay more than $1 for a bottle of water or a soda.

Food Finder & Interactive Map – there’s a dropdown option under Category where you can choose “(About a) Buck or Less”

 

Summer Send Off “Dollar Day”

  • Adult admission to the Fair will be $1.00 per person all day (September 4)
  • All of the rides in the Wade Shows Midway will be $1.00 per ride
  • Vendors will be offering $1.00 specials on food, drink, and merchandise
  • There will be also be a fireworks show after the Kool & The Gang concert

 

Latest Fair News

 

Do you know of any other ways to save money at the Fair? Please comment below 🙂

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Money Saving Weddings: A Magical Wedding On A Budget

Saving Money On Your Wedding

It’s no secret that weddings are very expensive.  In fact, Americans spend close to an average of $27,000 on a wedding, according to The Wedding Report.  With a little creativity, however, it is possible to plan an unforgettable wedding even if you’re on a tight budget.  Money Saving Quest is here to help.

Let me begin by saying that it is best to first decide what is most important for your wedding day.  Try not to cut back on these things but do so on everything else.  Are pictures most important?  How about the location?  Sit down with your soon to be spouse and start listing out these items on paper.

“The point is to be married to each other, not debt.”

 

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 Alcohol
  • Limit the open bar selections.
  • Don’t spring for premium brands.
  • Serve beer and wine only.  Maybe even champagne for toasts.  This will be cheaper than a full bar.
  • Consider boxed wine.  You can pour the boxes into other drink dispensers (no one will ever know).  Consider shopping Walmart for the cheapest options.
  • Consider having a dry wedding.

 

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Cake

According to Bridal Guide, the average wedding cake cost $466 in 2014 (not including delivery and cutting fees)

  • Order a small, decorated cutting cake (one or two tier) for photos.   Then serve sheet cake to guests.
  • Keep the cake add-ons simple.
  • Consider cookies or cupcakes instead of a cake.

 

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Date/Time

  • Schedule the wedding in off-peak times (low demand seasons). When there’s less competition for dates, you can have more negotiating power for a better rate. January and February weddings (excluding Valentine’s Day) are typically the least expensive.
  • Choose a day other than Saturday. Friday and Sunday nights cost less than Saturday nights.  Weeknights are cheaper options, too.

 

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Dress (Attire)

  • Consider renting or borrowing a dress.  Purchase used from a second hand store, as chances are, it’s only been worn once.  Look on OnceWed.com, eBay, Craigslist, or Tradesy for used gowns as well.
  • Shop sample sales for cheap wedding dresses.  These sales typically happen once a year and are a great opportunity to find designer dresses at low prices.  

 

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Favors

  • Skip the favors.  It may be wise to skip the favors all together and donate to a charity instead.

 

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Flowers

According to a survey conducted by The Knot, the average couple spends $2,141 on flowers.

  • Do it yourself.   Make your own centerpieces by ordering wholesale flowers from places such as freshroses.com.
  • Check out Costco.  They have a variety of wedding flower packages at huge savings that can be shipped right to your doorstep.   However, keep in mind that Costco’s flower department is not an official florist so there may be limitations in what you can order. 
  • Stick to just one or two kinds of flowers in your bouquets and arrangements.
  • Buy flowers that are in season.

 

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Food

  • Compare buffet vs. sit-down pricing.  Ask your caterer which are the least expensive entrees and whether a buffet is cheaper than a seated dinner.
  • Limit the number of entrees.   Perhaps one meat, one chicken, and one vegetarian selection.
  • Try a combination plate. Eliminate a choice of entrée to save on your food bill.
  • Be creative.  Think outside of the typical wedding food options.
  • Make it a daytime reception.  It is always cheaper to to serve lunch than dinner.  You’ll want to time your wedding away from a full meal, if possible.

 

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Guest List

*Perhaps the best way to save money on your wedding is to limit the guest list*
  • The price difference between 150 guests and 100 guests is significant.  Each extra person means higher catering costs (per person charge) and more centerpieces, rentals, etc. you’ll have to purchase.
  • Don’t feel obligated to let single people bring a date.

 

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Invitations (Save-the-dates)

  • Skip the save-the-dates.  They’re fun, but not necessary. 
  • Otherwise, email your save-the-dates to save on postage costs. 

 

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Photography/Videography

  • Most photographers offer packages based on the amount of hours of work.  If possible, send the photographer home early and pay for an hour less of service at the end of the party (some guests may have already left).
  • Many photographers offer an assistant “second shooter” in their standard contracts, but others offer it as an option and charge extra.
    • If you’re expecting fewer than 100 guests, you can get away with having only one photographer present.
  • Choose a promising photographer who is just starting out.   Many talented photographers are still building their portfolios and offer lower rates.

 

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Entertainment

  • Skip the lighting package.  This includes uplights, spotlights, and other extras.
  • Shop for packages.  Many entertainment companies will give discounts if you sign up for multiple services (such as a DJ and videography)
  • Hire a band or DJ who can do both the ceremony and the reception.
  • If you’re having a photo booth, consider creating your own.   Set up a simple backdrop and provide some fun props.  Guests can use their phones or personal cameras to take pictures.
  • Skip the DJ and use your monthly Spotify subscription for background music.

 

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Transportation

  • Ask for non-wedding limo rates.
  • Hire a car through Uber or other ride-sharing services.

 

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Venue

  • Consider a nontraditional venue.
  • Find a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors.
  • Have your ceremony and reception in the same place.
  • Check out Airbnb for possible venue locations.

 

Related:

> What Should I Spend on a Wedding Gift?

> Free Wedding Dresses for Military Brides & First Responders

> It Costs Minimum Wage Workers More than Two Years’ Salary to get Married

> Getting Hitched? Here’s How Much the Average Wedding Cost Last Year

> Why Your Marriage Will Last Longer The Less You Spend On The Wedding

> Rent the Runway – a site that lets you rent designer dresses at a fraction of their cost

> 6 Ways to Save Money When Attending A Wedding

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New York State Fair: On A Budget

It’s that time of the year again… the NY State Fair!

State-Fair-Logo

UPDATED FOR 2016!

Spending a day (or more) at the Fair can be an expensive outing (on average, visitors spend about $121). As the goal of this blog is to help save you money, I’ve compiled a list of ways to have a good time at the Fair without breaking the bank:

Tickets / Admission

  • Advance sale tickets – Available through today (August 24) only – $6 for adults* (otherwise $10 at the gate)
    • A full list of locations where these are sold can be found here
  • Six-Day Frequent Fairgoer Admission Pass – allows one person to attend 6 days at the Fair for $30
  • $3 admission Thursdays (August 25, September 1)
  • Law Enforcement Day (August 26) – free admission to any active or retired law enforcement personnel
  • Senior Citizen’s Day (August 29 and August 30) – free admission to senior citizens (60 years of age and older)
  • Fire & Rescue Day (August 30)free admission to any active or retired member of a fire department or emergency services organization
  • Armed Forces Day (September 1) – free admission to any active duty or veteran with military identification
  • Six Nations Day (September 2) – free admission for Native Americans
  • Student Day (September 2) – free admission to those 18 years old and under
  • Summer Send Off “Dollar Day” (September 5) – $1 admission on the last day of the fair
  • This past February, the Fair sold $4 general admission tickets

*Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair*

Travel

Save on gas and parking (and hassle, too) by taking the bus!

Centro will once again provide its popular direct service to the New York State Fair. The 13 Park-N-Ride locations and schedules can be found here. Centro Ride Passes and transfers are accepted. For most of the locations, it is a $2 fare for adults (ages 10-64) and children 5 and under are free.

Related: How to get to the New York State Fair without a car

Money Saving Coupons

New this year!

Head over here to check out and download the State Fair Money Saving Coupons! The coupons include discounts on a variety of things including food, wine, bull riding, and more.  These easy print at home coupons are the perfect way to save a buck.

Entertainment

Rides

  • Wade Shows Midway Monday (August 29) – Special limited wristband offer, 10 rides for only $10.00.
  • Midway Mega Pass Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $70.00 each for unlimited rides (all day, every day)
  • Midway One-Day Unlimited Ride Wristband Vouchers – $20 or $25 each (all day, any one day)

Chevy Court

Perhaps the best FREE concert series in America, the Chevy Court stage will host 23 free concerts this year from artists like Kesha, Daughtry, Dashboard Confessional, Chicago, and more.

Attractions/Exhibits

For $2, you can visit the SkyRiver Butterfly Exhibit, where you can hold a butterfly on a q-tip.

The PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour is held on Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4 in the Family Fun Center near the Youth Building.  There is no charge to take part in the tour.

There are dozens of other attractions at the New York State Fair that are displayed here, including free shows and exhibits.

Food / Drink

  • Milk
    • Get a delicious 7 ounce cup of chocolate or white milk for 25 cents at the Rainbow Milk Bar (Dairy Building)
  • Baked Potato
    • Get a baked potato with toppings for only $1 at the Potato Booth (NE corner of Horticulture Building)
  • Hot Dogs
    • There are various food stands that offer $1 hot dogs (i.e. Emmi’s Hots)

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  • Ice Cream
    • Utica Coffee Company offers $1 ice cream scoops
    • Several ice cream stands offer mini-cones for $1
    • Turkey Hill is handing out free carmel-peanut butter gelato cups this year
  • Other $2 and under choices
    • Las Delicias – Chicken Empanadas ($2)
    • Several stands sell 12-ounce cans of soda for a dollar
    • Chicken tenders – The Hofmann Hot Dogs/Twin Trees Restaurant stand offers tenders for $1 (Hot dogs and water, too)

Bonus tip: If you go on a hot day and/or tend to get thirsty often, plan on purchasing from a vendor who offers free refills. For example, you pay $10 upfront but get unlimited refills throughout the day.

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Summer Send Off “Dollar Day”

  • Adult admission to the Fair will be $1.00 per person all day (September 5)
  • All of the rides in the Wade Shows Midway will be $1.00 per ride
  • Vendors will be offering $1.00 specials on food, drink, and merchandise
  • There will be also be a fireworks show after the Chicago concert

 

Do you know of any other ways to save money at the Fair? Please comment below 🙂

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