What you thought of: Buying tickets for a day at the amusement park.
What you forgot to save for: Food and the inevitable trip to the souvenir shop.
How to get a good deal: Tickets to an amusement park typically cover the entrance fee and all the rides in the park. Funnel cake, Skee-Ball, clown toss, live musical shows, stuffed animals and logo caps all cost an additional fee. You can purchase coupons for the extras when you arrive at the park, but for deeper discounts, purchase them in advance on the park's website.
To save on food, Ken Whiting, an amusement parks consultant, who is chair of IAAPA's Food and Beverage Committee and president of Whiting's Foods, which handles food for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, suggests purchasing presold meal tickets, which give a discount of "up to 10 to 20 percent." For additional savings on games, food and shows, Whiting suggests friending the park on Facebook. "With some regularity, there will be an offer put out on the park's Facebook page. Save 10 percent on a particular item on a particular day," he says.
Next: 12 incredible summer fashion bargains