These days, the pumpkin patch is more than just a place to pick out your jack-o-lantern. Some have become mini fall-themed amusement parks complete with corn mazes and haunted houses. But making it a fun-filled family outing can come with a hefty price tag. Here are a few ways to save.
- If you’re fortunate to live in an area where pumpkin patches are plentiful, then do a price comparison before you go. If you just want to pick a pumpkin, look for a patch that doesn’t charge admission. If you want to do it all, look for a patch that charges a flat rate and gives you access to all of the activities like pony rides and hayrides.
- Visit your local pumpkin patch’s website for coupons and promotions. I surveyed a few in my area and found free or discount admission to many of them. Also check the event calendar for promotions. Some give weekday discounts or savings for specific groups like military, Girl Scouts, or homeschoolers.
- Forty-four percent of Americans plan on carving a pumpkin this year, according to the National Retail Federation. So if you’re not part of that 44%, then decorate with a pumpkin variety that can still do double duty. Traditional carving pumpkins are edible, but can be stringy and watery. Cinderella, sugar or cheese pumpkins are good for cooking.
- The pumpkin patch is an experience, but you pay extra for that experience. Limit your kids to one pumpkin apiece. Buy extra pumpkins for decorating, carving or cooking at the grocery store. Last year, the average retail price for pumpkins was $4.80, so use that as a benchmark for spotting a good deal.
Buying lunch can easily cost a family of four around $50, so instead, pack the perfect pumpkin patch lunch. Use these coupons to save even more:
- Eat breakfast on the go with Yoplait Go-GURT (Save 75 cents on two) and Nature Valley granola bars (Save 50 cents on two).
- Grab some Hormel REV wraps for lunch (Save $1 on two) and hydrate with Welch’s 100% juice (save $1 on two).
- For dessert, whip up deliciously cute pumpkin or ghost-embossed sugar cookies with the help of Pillsbury’s refrigerated dough (save $1).
Final Tip: While you’re there, you might as well get those holiday photos out of the way. The pumpkin patch makes for a beautiful backdrop so there’s no need to shell out cash to get them taken in a studio. Check coupon codes for savings on your holiday cards. Shutterfly is offering 30% off right now. (exp: 10/13)