Which of Minnesota’s 9 free COVID vaccine giveaways is the best deal?
Anyone who receives their first COVID-19 vaccine by June 30 can select one of nine freebies revealed earlier this week. The goal, Gov. Tim Walz explained, is to get more Minnesotans to get vaccinated, with the state using federal relief funds to pay for these freebies.
But which of these nine benefits is the best value for money? Let’s take a look, in order of what would normally be the most expensive to the cheapest.
One-day ticket to Valleyfair – $ 35 (plus taxes, fees)
Daily tickets for one entry cost $ 35, plus taxes and fees. (Keep in mind that Valleyfair, at the time of writing, requires customers to make reservations – don’t show up at the door unexpectedly.) However, there are frequently coupons and discounts available. for entry to Valleyfair.
This freebie also allows you to purchase additional tickets for the same date at a reduced rate, so there is potential for additional savings.
Minnesota State Parks Annual Pass – $ 35
A one-year license is normally $ 35. But keep in mind that it can only be used by one vehicle.
Nickelodeon Universe 30 point pass – $ 29.99 (plus taxes)
To pay for a 30 point pass to Nickelodeon Universe will normally cost you $ 29.99 (plus tax).
Two State Fair tickets – $ 24- $ 30 (probably)
The price of admission to the State Fair in 2021 is still being determined, from Friday May 28. Additionally, ticket prices may fluctuate depending on advance purchase or at the boarding gate, as well as whether you are able to take advantage of discount days. For the sake of simplicity, let’s use the 2019 standard admission values.
Adult tickets that year (the last time it was held) were $ 15 for adults aged 13 to 64. People aged 65 and over paid $ 13. Discounted tickets before the fair were $ 12 for everyone. So two tickets in 2021 will likely be worth $ 24 to $ 30.
$ 25 VISA card – $ 25
The easiest gift to evaluate – and also the most flexible, because you can spend money just about anywhere.
Minnesota Resident Annual Fishing License – $ 25
A the annual adult license is $ 25. But an annual fishing license for 16-17 year olds costs $ 5.
Adult admission to the Minnesota Zoo – $ 19.95
A adult ticket (this is for people 13 to 64) for the state’s largest zoo, non-members will return $ 19.95. Keep in mind that you will have to pay for parking, which will cost $ 7 for a car or van.
A ticket for the Great Lakes Aqaurium – ~ $ 15
A single admission is normally $ 15 for an adult. But it’s $ 14 for 62 and over and $ 12 for 16 and 17.
Northwoods Baseball League Tickets – Variable
This is a bit tricky, as the participating teams (Rochester Honkers, Willmar Stingers, Mankato MoonDogs, St. Cloud Rox and the Duluth Huskies) may have different prices. And the governor’s office did not specify which tickets would be free. The ad states that tickets “are based on availability at time of call.”
So we looked at the places available for each team on Tuesday July 6 (or as close as possible). The cheapest tickets are between $ 8 and $ 12, depending on the team. Some clubs have options for special sections in the $ 20 to $ 30 range.
The first 100,000 residents of Minnesota to receive a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine between May 27 and June 30 are eligible to apply for one of these incentives. These people indicate their preferred reward here. Minnesotans must claim their award by 11:59 p.m. on June 30 and they will be honored on an ongoing basis throughout June and no later than July 16.