How to fight the “bloat” this summer and save money on experiences

How to fight the “bloat” this summer and save money on experiences

CINCINNATI – It’s been nearly a year since pop superstar Taylor Swift stopped her tour in Cincinnati, with fans paying big bucks — we’re talking more than $1,000 in some cases — for tickets.

Paying more money for concerts and other entertainment is becoming more common. As many families choose to spend more money on post-pandemic experiences, the so-called “funflation effect” is taking hold.

“I think it’s just because I like to do those things with them as a family, not just buy them more stuff,” said mom Kim Ferguson.

But the cost?

“Outrageous,” she said.

Here in the Tri-State, we compared pre-COVID ticket prices to now. The numbers may shock you.

Children’s ticket to Newport Aquarium: An increase of almost 50%.

Pre-Covid: $17.99
Now: $26.99

Kings Island Day Pass: 43% increase.

Pre-Covid: $41.99
Now: $59.99

Bengals Single-Game Ticket: Up 31.%.

Pre-Covid: $77.41
Now: $101.78

“And I can’t believe how expensive it is to go to a Reds game,” said mom Tashia Bailey.

From 2019 to the present, the average ticket for the Reds has increased by 17%.

“If you take your kids, they want ice cream, they want pizza, all that stuff,” she said.

The same goes for travel. Some families are even choosing to forego their summer travel this year to save money, like Gabrielle Garrett’s family.

“I gave up a vacation this year and did a little something,” she said.

Prices force many families to look for alternatives.

Garrett said their family decided to find fun things to do locally. Tashia Bailey said her family does the same.

“It’s good to find things at affordable prices, but still get a good experience. This place is excellent,” Bailey said of Recreations Outlet in Milford.

It has playground equipment, trampolines, basketball hoops and more for kids to run around and let off some steam.

“Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, it’s $4 per child,” said general manager Rudy Delois.

This is during their “charity play” hours, where this month 50% of the profits will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.

In Hamilton County, a library card will get you into places like the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Observatory, or the art museum completely free.

For movie lovers, Cinemark offers discounted movies on Tuesdays.

Many are trying new things this summer…

Here’s a list of suggestions from parents in three states for family-friendly experiences:

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