Just a quickie update and a savings advisory.
Hosts with the most (chilling out)
My cousin Alison arrived on Sunday, and we’ve been trying to be good hosts. Luckily, she’s mainly interested in relaxing — she’s enjoying the relative quiet of a household without two boys under 16 — but we’re trying to make sure she has a little Phoenix fun.
She wanted to see the zoo, so Tim took her yesterday morning. They had to get a bit of a move on because the zoo here is only open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. I assume it’s weather-related, but that’s still really weird, right?
She also wants to go to the botanical gardens, which she and Tim (I’ll be working) can do for free. Our library lends out Culture Passes to several local attractions. (Not, unfortunately, the zoo.) So the day she’s ready to go I can just look up which branches have the botanical garden pass in stock, and they can go admire plants without an entrance fee. Hooray!
Water water everywhere
Then Tim asked if she wanted to go to a water park.
Unsurprisingly, water parks aren’t really a thing in Alaska. Heck, there was only one (rather mediocre) one in the Seattle area. But there are about four options within 30 miles of our house.
Alison grew up in New Jersey, so she kind of misses having that option. She usually takes the boys if they go back to visit relatives in the summer.
Still, I assumed the temperatures would make it a no-go. Especially since she’s as pale as I am. And did I mention summer Phoenix temps?
But we’re having a cooler couple of days — by which I mean it’s supposed to get up to only 97 degrees — so she was excited by the prospect.
I went over to Groupon through Mr. Rebates, of course, and found $17 tickets. It’s a park we’ve never been to, but the rides look comparable to the one we’ve visited before. And this one doesn’t charge for parking! That and the waaaay better deal (the other Groupon was $64 for two people and parking) makes it worth the extra 20-mile drive.
We’ll still have the locker rental and inevitable food and drink, mind you, but it should still be a relatively affordable day. And even if it isn’t the cheapest… Well, it’s fun and we an always fall back on the excuse of being good hosts.
Gift card savings
The only other item of note is that I’m about to stock up on a whole bunch more gift cards. CardCash is having another sitewide 5% off sale.
If you haven’t already joined CardCash, I highly recommend it. It has a sitewide sale at least every eight weeks, which means you can get an extra three to five percent off any available GC.
I use it to stock up on Walgreens GCs. Walgreens is only a mile away, meaning that it’s our main source of the overabundance of candy we eat. Plus, it’s our go-to when we’re out of toilet paper, a skincare product or (if we’re not well enough to make it to the grocery store) milk.
I’m going to get more Walgreens gift cards — we’re down to, gasp, our last $30 in GCs — and nab some Quick Trip ones too. We normally fill the tank at Circle K, but but QT GCs (try saying that five times fast) will be at least 8.26% off with the sale.
If I don’t mind buying a larger denomination, we can get up to 11.46% off. I just prefer smaller dollar amounts so that, if we lose one while out and about, we’re not taking as big a hit.
I’m probably going to get a few Netflix cards too, since they’ll be 8.16% off. Kroger GCs will be 5.5% off, so maybe I’ll pick up a few of those (if there are any left when I go to buy). I’ll try to brainstorm other places we frequent too. Maybe some AMC gift cards are in order as summer blockbusters hit.
The sale ends on Thursday, so make sure you take advantage soon!
Do you use discount gift cards? Are you a fan of water parks? Do you think there’s any chance I’ll make it out of the park without a severe burn?