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On the cheap ... for now

September 5, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
I am so glad Emma is still little enough not to be demanding about her "wants" while at an event such as the fair. It makes going out so much more enjoyable.

I can only hope she'll never learn the I-want mantra. Maybe she'll understand that we can't always get what we want. Maybe we'll be able to keep materialism from becoming her religion. I hope so. (But I'm not holding my breath.) Because it's especially going to hit my frugal husband where it hurts when his baby girl starts begging for things.

Thank goodness for events such as the fair, which are still on the affordable side compared to some festivals and especially compared to most amusement parks. Last night at the Belmont County Fair, Emma Skye saw the animals, enjoyed live music, played a carnival game, rode several rides and sampled fair food, all for less than $32. (Multiply that by more children and older children who eat more and want more, however, and you're looking at an easy $100-$125 for one evening at the fair.) Here's the breakdown:

Adult ticket to enter the Belmont County Fair: $7

Small Richardson's French Fries: $3 (shared with Mommy)

Small Lemonade: $3 (shared with Mommy)

Caramel Apple with Nuts: $3 (shared with Mommy)

Ride wristband for Emma: $5

Pony Ride: $4

Duck Game: $2

Small bag kettle corn and a bottle of water: $4.50

The warm-fuzzy feeling I got when she said, "We had a GREAT time, Mommy!": Priceless


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