This post is sponsored by Vanguard but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
How far does your money go? When I look to treat our family, I look for things that can be enjoyed more than once. Or, I look for experiences over “things.” Not only do we not have enough room for extra stuff, but I also prefer spending our time together as a family unplugging and relaxing. Tickets, theme parks, concerts, sports. Those are the memories that matter to us, and I look to see how far our dollar can go.
One way that you can give back to your local community and have fun with your family is through memberships to your local art museums, aquariums, and family attractions like science centers. We particularly enjoy our local aquarium, so I knew this would be a way for us to enjoy time together learning and exploring what our aquarium has to offer.
So, what does an aquarium membership look like?
- Free admission for a year
- Subscription to the e-newsletter
- Free parking
- Free or discounted admission to over 150+ attractions, restaurants, and retail establishments through the SHARE Program and Association of Zoos and Aquariums reciprocal program
- This is great for when you are traveling. You can visit other local attractions for a fraction of the cost.
- Discounts at the restaurant, snack shack, and gift shop.
A family of four costs $155. Considering that it costs about $20+ for ONE visit PER person, the membership is the way to go.
So, what can you do with $160? The value of learning about nature in our area and getting up close and personal with stingrays and sharks is priceless. I find that a membership or a seasonal pass to an area attraction makes my $160 go farther.
According to recent data, if you hold $10,000 in cash, you could earn about $170 in a year, at the current average yields of money market mutual funds. In a bank savings account, you’d only make about $10.*
While this small amount, $160, may not seem like a lot of money… it definitely adds up over time. If you choose a higher-yielding cash account you could experience more fun memories with your family. Get the most out of your cash by assessing your options and see what financial provider fits into your plan. Companies like Vanguard are built in a way to benefit YOU! Learn more about Vanguard.
This post is sponsored by Vanguard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
*This illustration uses 1.69% average yield for money market mutual funds and 0.09% national average yield for bank savings, both as of 9/30/2018, according to cranedata.com and bankrate.com. These rates are not guaranteed.
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