(This is a guest post by Gianna from FamilyFunTwinCities.com. They’re celebrating their 1st birthday. Visit their website for fun things to do in the Twin Cities!)
My name is Gianna Kordatzky, and I am part of a team of moms who has created a website called Family Fun Twin Cities. Every week, we talk about what is happening around the metro: activities that are a must, events that were trying, local businesses that are too fun to ignore. We keep a calendar of happenings, both free and not so free. We aren’t endorsing these events as much as letting you know they are there. If you have feedback on outings you have taken with your family, we would love to hear about it!
I met Lisa technically through a group on Facebook, but apparently, we have brushed elbows being that we have a mutual friend. Lisa is a very talented lady and lots of fun. I am excited to get to know her readers!
Thanks for having us, Lisa!
My husband and I have four children, so buying memberships to different museums is starting to become one of the most economical ways for our family to do things together. At the same time we need to really concentrate on how to save even on those memberships. This past year, we were able to have a Children’s Museum membership because I participated in a Focus Group for the museum.
Every year (or more often), there comes a deal on Groupon that is super hard to pass up. And every year, I look at our finances and think nope, not this year. But this past offering I hemmed and hawed for three minutes; then, decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I knew I wouldn’t regret it. I knew in one way or another I would be so grateful for having jumped on this deal that it was time.
I bought the 1- Year Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) Membership Groupon Deal.
You may not think this is a big deal, but $45 at the end of the year is always tough on our budget. Our Children’s Museum membership was coming to an end and it’s nice to have a fall back plan when you are looking for things to do during the summer or on days off from school. With my kids getting older, they may enjoy something different than the Children’s Museum. With 26 different museums/historic sites around the state, there is a huge variety of places to explore. Plus, I love studying the history of Minnesota. So this particular membership is great for everyone in the family, young and old alike.
But what finally convinced me was what we receive with our purchase.
For $45, we did not receive the Individual Adult Membership, valued at $50
For $45, we did not receive the Individual Plus Adult Membership (bring along 1 guest at each visit), valued at $65
For $45, we did not receive the Household Membership (2 adults and all children in household), valued at $75.
For $45, we DID recieve the Household Plus Membership (2 adults and all the children in the household, plus 2 guests at each visit), valued at $95.
If you are interested in purchasing an Individual Adult Membership, they offered it for $32 (approximately a 51% discount)
We saved more than we paid for our membership. So as tight as our budget is at the end of the year, this was worth it. However, this is a one-time deal. It’s good only for those people who have not been members of the MNHS.
Currently, the deal has expired, but I am telling you this now because it is such a great deal to look forward to. And usually around the summertime, they offer it again. Mull over the possibility of a membership if you’ve never had one before. Even if you go by yourself only four times in the year, it will pay for the price of your Household Plus membership.
My plan? To get our money’s worth out of this sucker!
Gianna is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.