Save Me Steve: State Fair of Texas Deals

The great State Fair of Texas rolls into town this week. But before you bust the family budget, consumer reporter Steve Noviello says there no reason for anyone to pay full price.

First, there are some ways that you can get into the fair any day without paying full price. You can buy your tickets online, go with a group or save with a season pass. Kroger and DART are also selling discounted admission tickets.

You can also grab a McDonald’s coupon to get $5 off an adult general admission ticket or half off a kids’ ticket. And you can bring an empty can of Dr. Pepper any day of the week after 5 p.m. to pay half off the regular $18 admission price.

But for really deep discounts, you need to plan your trip on a specific day.

On opening day, the State Fair of Texas is partnering with Lockheed Martin for Military Appreciation Day. All active or retired members of the military and veterans get in free with. Their Spouses and kids under 18 get in free too.

You can also bring a full 20-ounce bottle of Dasani water (or any Coke product) to be donated to the North Texas Food Bank on opening day to get in for only $9.

On Tuesdays, bring an empty Dr. Pepper can to get in for $9 and enjoy reduced ride prices on the Midway.

On Wednesdays, you can bring four cans of food for the North Texas Food Bank and get in for just $4.

Thursday is really the day to save. Seniors 60 and older get in free. Everyone else can bring an empty 20-ounce Coke product to get in for $9.

Coca-Cola also sponsors Thrifty Thursdays, which are good for your wallet and your waistline. You can try mini portions of some fair foods at discounted prices.

Finally, Oct. 12 is First Responder’s Day. All active and retired police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency service agents can get into the fair free with a valid badge or ID card. Plus, up to three family members can get in free too.