We RARELY spend extra money on our outings, but today was an exception. We went to the Alameda County fair with our Groupon tickets (free for my husband and I) and then a very kind lady gave us a ticket that she didn’t need for one of our children. The 2 youngest were free. So we got in for $14 including parking. You have to understand that on our family days we always find events that are free or close to free and even our last trip to the fair cost us a whopping $5.
However, today when my boys saw the Mutton Bust event (basically bull riding for kids 6 years and 60 lbs or less) we just couldn’t say no. We weren’t going to be doing any of the carnival games or rides, so we let them enjoy this one event. I’m sure you’ve realized by now that we didn’t really spend $8,470 for an hour, but we did spend $20 for a total ride time of 8.5 seconds. However I’d venture to say that this was 8 seconds of their lives they’ll not soon forget.
My oldest boy Cody got a bit scared when he first attempted his ride so they took him off, I went back to talk to him and he pulled out two 10 inch sticks guns that he had in his cargo short pockets. He had found them in the parking lot and was saving them to play with later. I can only breath a sigh of relief looking back now as he jumped off the sheep that first time around. Tyler took 4th place, pretty good for a 4 year old!
This is just to remind you that even though we coupon like crazy, it’s ok to live a little. Within reason of course, just make sure you’re enjoying life and not missing out on Mutton Busts because you’re too frugal to have fun.