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New York State Fair: On A Budget (2017)

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



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*


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.


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.



  • 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.


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)


  • 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.

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 🙂

Target Shopping List – 8/18/2017

* All prices include 5% off with REDcard


Trident Chewing Gum 3-pack $2.37 (regular price)
Use the 50% off Trident Chewing Gum 3-pack Cartwheel offer (exp. 8/19)
Final Price: $1.18

Talenti Gelato 2/$8 or $4 each (Buy 1)
Use the 25% off Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Target Cartwheel offer (exp. 8/19)
Pay $3, Earn $1 cash back via Ibotta when you buy Talenti Gelato and Sorbetto 1pint tub (limit 3)
Final Price: $2

KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce 18oz Bottle $1 (sale price)
Use the $1/1 KC Materpiece Barbecue Sauce Item 18 oz+ printable coupon
Final Price = FREE

Silk Half Gallons $2.99 (regular price)
Use the $1/1 Silk Milk Half Gallon printable coupon
Final Price: $1.99

Ritz Sandwich Crackers 10.8oz 8-pack $2.50 each (2 @ $5)
Use the 50% off Ritz Filled Sandwich Crackers 10.8 varieties Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/19)
+ Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products coupon found in the 8/13 SS (exp 9/22)
Final Price: $1.75

Pringles Snack Stacks 12-count pack $4.49 (regularly $4.99)
Use the 10% off Pringles Snack Stacks 12-count or 18-count pkgs Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/26)
+ Use the $1/1 any Pringles Snack Stack 8ct or larger coupon
Final Price: $3.05

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers 9ct multipack $4.50 (reg. $4.99)
Use the 30% off Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers 9ct Cartwheel offer (exp. 8/19)
Final Price: $3.15

Ore-Ida HomeStyle Simple N’ Creamy Mashed Potatoes $2.79 (reg. $3.99)
Use the $1.50/1 Ore-Ida Mashed Potatoes printable coupon (exp 10/30)
Final Price: $1.29

Minute Ready to Serve 8.8oz – Jasmine Rice or Brown Rice & Quinoa $1.89
Use the 30% off Minute Rice Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/19)
+ Use the $0.75/1 Minute Ready to Serve Rice 8.8oz product printable coupon
Final Price:  57¢

Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese Cups 2 pk $2.50
Use the 20% Off Annie’s Microwave Cup Mac & Cheese Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/19)
+ Use the $0.50/1 Annie’s Mac & Cheese product printable coupon
Final Price: $1.50

Welch’s 10-Count Fruit Snacks $1.90 (regularly $2.12) (2 @ $3.80)
Use the 15% off Welch’s Fruit Snacks 10 ct or 22 ct only Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/26)
+ Use the $1/2 Welch’s Fruit Snacks printable coupon here
Pay $2.23, Earn $1 cash back via Checkout51 when you buy 2 Welch’s Fruit Snacks 8 oz+ or 8 ct+ (limit 3 – exp. 8/23)
Final Price: $1.23

Hillshire Snacking Small Plates 2 oz 2/$5 or $2.50 each
Use the $0.75/1 Hillshire Farm Snacking Small Plate coupon
Pay $1.75, Earn $0.75 cash back via Ibotta for purchasing Hillshire Snacking Plates
Final Price: $1


Dial for the Kitchen Foaming Hand Wash $2.19 (regular price)
Use the 15% Off Dial Complete for the Kitchen Hand Soap Target Cartwheel offer (exp. 8/20)
+ Use the $0.50/1 Dial Complete Pump printable coupon
Final Price: $1.36

Through August 19th, Target is offering up Buy One & Get One 50% off Disney Toys both at your local store and online at  No promo code is needed and the lower-priced item will be discounted at checkout.

Instacart: Grocery Home-delivery in Syracuse (Overview)

As of Tuesday (8/15/2017), Instacart is available in the Syracuse market!

What is Instacart?

Instacart is a San Francisco-based company that partners with local stores to offer same-day grocery delivery service.  Their service simplifies the grocery shopping process, saving you both time and money, and helping you avoid the stress of parking and long lines.

How does it work?

1. Shop your favorite local grocery stores

Shop from anywhere using your computer (, iPhoneiPad or Android device.

2. Schedule a delivery

Have your groceries delivered in as little as an hour, later in the day, or even later in week (7 days in advance).

3. Get groceries delivered right to your door

Instacart “personal shoppers” will then collect the items you ordered and deliver them to you.  You can also choose to pick up your groceries at the store (at select locations).

What Syracuse stores can I order from?


Price Rite






Wegmans, Price Rite, Petco, and CVS are currently the only available stores in Syracuse.

What else do I need to know?

  • The minimum order is $35.00
  • There is a also $5.99 delivery charge
  • First time users can enter the code HISYRACUSE (exp. 9/15) at checkout to get $20 off an order of $35+
  • Even better, you will get FREE delivery on your first order (= if you spend $35 and use the above promo code, your total will only be $15 shipped)
  • SIGN UP TODAY and get a $10 bonus using this link!
More reasons to try Instacart
Exclusive coupons
Save money and time with digital coupons you don’t need to clip
Convenient delivery times
Get delivery in as little as one hour or when it works with your weekly schedule
Easy to use mobile apps
Shop online or download the Instacart app on your phone or tablet

Popular Coupons To Print (Week of 8/14/2017)

Target Shopping List – 8/11/2017

* All prices include 5% off with REDcard


GoGo SqueeZ Pouches 4 pk 3/$6 or $2 each (1 @ $2)
Use the $0.75/1 GoGo SqueeZ 4 pk or larger printable coupon (exp. 9/1)
Pay $1.25, Earn 75¢ cash back via Ibotta for purchasing GoGo SqueeZ 4pk (limit 3 – exp 9/15)
Final Price: 50¢

Annie’s Mac & Cheese 5/$5 (sale price) (2 @ $2)
Use the 20% off Annie’s Boxed Natural Mac & Cheese Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/12)
Use two $0.50/1 Annie’s Boxed Natural Mac & Cheese printable coupons
Or the $0.50/2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese printable coupon
Final Price: 60¢

Quaker Chewy Granola Bites Bags $2 (regularly $2.99) (2 @ $4)
Use the $1/2 any Quaker Chewy Bites Bags coupon found here
Final Price: $3

1915 Organic Beverages $3.49 (regular price)
Use the 20% Off 1915 Organic Beverages 12 oz Target Cartwheel (exp. 8/12)
+ Use the $1/1 1915 Organic Beverage printable coupon
Pay $1.79, Get $1 Cash Back via Ibotta when you buy one 1915 Organic Beverage 12 oz
Final Price: 79¢

Select Kellogg’s Cereals $1.99 each (sale price) (Buy 5 @ $9.95)
Use the $3/5 Kelloggs Cereals 8.7 oz or larger printable coupon here (KFR)
Final Price: $6.95

Flatout Foldit Bread $3.49
Use the 50% off Flatout Flatbreads Target Cartwheel (exp. 8/12)
Final Price: $1.74

Pepsi 6-pack Bottles 16.9 oz 2/$6 or $3 each (sale price) (2)
Use the 35% Off Pepsi Bottles 6 pack Target Cartwheel offer (exp. 8/19)
Final Price: $3.90

Mott’s Applesauce Cups 6-pk 3/$5 or $1.66 each (regularly $2.12) (2 @ $3.32)
Use the 10% Off Mott’s Single Serve Applesauce Target Cartwheel offer (exp. 9/4)
+ Use the $1/2 Mott’s Juice or Applesauce Single Serve Multipack found in the 7/30 SS
Final Price: $1.99

Tyson Chicken Nuggets 29 oz $4.50 (sale price thru 9/2) (1)
Use the 25% off Tyson Chicken Nuggets Target Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/12)
+ Use the $0.50/1 Tyson Foods Bagged Product coupon found in the 7/23 RP (exp. 9/30)
Final Price: $2.87


Crest Kids’ toothpaste 4.2oz $2.26 (sale thru 9/23 – reg. $2.52)
Use the $2/1 Crest Toothpaste 3.0oz+ OR Liquid Gel printable coupon
Pay 26¢, Get 50¢ cash back via Ibotta when you buy 1 Crest Kid’s Toothpaste
Final Price: FREE + 24¢ money maker

Kids Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Toothbrushes $5.79 (Buy 2)
Total after Buy 1 Get 1 50% off sale = $8.69
Use the 20% off Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Toothbrushes Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/12)
+ Use the $3/2 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush printable coupon
Final Price: $3.96

WaterWipes Chemical Free Baby Wipes 60 ct $3.99
Use the 15% off WaterWipes Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/12)
+ Use the $1/1 WaterWipes Chemical Free Baby Wipes Coupon
Pay $2.39, Earn $1 cash back via Ibotta when you buy 1 WaterWipes (60 ct. only)
Final Price: $1.39

Pokemon Mimikyu Pin Box $15.99 (regular price)
Use the 40% Off Pokemon Mimikyu Pin Box Cartwheel Offer (exp. 8/11)
Final Price: $9.59

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