So I have this thing about waterparks.
Mainly, it’s because I grew up in friggin’ Alaska. No a whole lot of water slides to be had. Unless you count patches of ice that you slip and slide on.
So every time we’d visit my relatives on the East Coast, my mom would take me to a waterpark.
Because of that, I associate it with a treat and a rarity. And, given what parks charge for admission, it’ll always be a rarity for me!
Anyway, I had pledged this year to actually make it to a waterpark on my birthday. And there’s even a decent looking one about 10 miles away.
So, it was feasible — just as long as I could accept the cost of the whole thing.
Two admissions, parking, locker rental and sharing one of those monstrous, refillable cups would run more than $95. Eek!
But in a startling turn of events, I actually checked my email on Friday. Trust me, that’s startling.
Sitting in my inbox was a present from the universe — or, more specifically, Groupon: vouchers for that exact park I wanted… for $20.
You can’t tell right now, but I am doing my happy dance.
It must have been fate, because it arrived just in time. You can’t use Groupons for 24 hours. So buying on Friday afternoon meant I could use it on Sunday. (Another happy dance!)
How could it get sweeter, you ask? I get $1 back from Mr. Rebates for my purchase.
Sweeter still? The vouchers include unlimited drinks.
Sweetest of all? I had $10 in Groupon bucks. Yay referrals!
So, to recap: $36.99 (plus tax) for one admission vs $29 for two and unlimited sodas.
Of course, we’ll still pay through the nose for a few things.
Parking is $7, and I don’t want to hike from Timbuktu to get to the gate, just to get inside and start climbing stairs. Not a good idea even for people with regular levels of energy.
You also can’t get around a locker rental, which is $7-8. You need a place for your wallet, sunblock and your refillable drink cup. It’s not like you can take any of those on the waterslide.
Finally, no matter how much you eat beforehand, you’ll need food. You’re climbing stairs, for goodness sake! Lots and lots of stairs.
So, will it be cheap? No. But it will be cheaper. And when you’re looking at treating yourself, sometimes that’s the best you can do.
I’m off to dig my bathing suit out of the drawer!