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July 10, 2017
7 Ways To Save Money At Music Festivals
Music festivals are one of the highlights of summer, but it can be hard to get through them without going broke. We put together some tips to help you have a blast at festivals like Boston Calling, Coachella, Lollapalooza, or Warped Tour without breaking the bank. Whether you’re living on a student budget or just trying to save money, check them out below!
1. Want a free ticket? Volunteer.
Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Outside Lands are just a few festivals that offer free or discounted tickets in exchange for volunteer work. The best part? You might even get to meet your favorite band.
2. Set a budget and take out the cash beforehand.
Plan ahead to set your financial limits and avoid unnecessary ATM fees. It’s easy to spend all your money when you’re not keeping track, so a little planning can go a long way. Remember that you’re not there to buy lots of things; you’re there to have a fun time and hear awesome music.
3. Don’t buy a whole new wardrobe beforehand – and leave your best clothes at home.
Music festivals are dirty, muddy, and sweaty places – you don’t want to wear your new shoes and favorite shirt only for them to get ruined in the mosh pit. Focus on feeling comfortable and enjoying yourself, not impressing the strangers watching the show alongside you.
4. Skip the hotel and camp out to get the full festival experience.
Lots of attendees traveling out of town for music festivals opt to spring for a hotel over the tent route. Save the extra money and get the camping experience! Sleeping on-site means no extra transportation fees or missing half of Radiohead’s set because of traffic. Plus, you’ll make a few new friends, too.
5. Bring food and water from home.
A lot of music festivals ban outside food and drink, but if that’s not the case, skip the expensive festival food and pack water and snacks in your bag. You’ll thank yourself when you see the mile-long lines and the marked-up prices. Most festivals have water-filling stations, so even if you can’t bring your own rations, be sure to bring a refillable water bottle so you aren’t wasting money on $5 bottled water from vendors.
6. Have your eye on merchandise? Wait until the last day.
Dedicate the final day of the festival to browsing the craft vendors or the official festival merchandise. By then, the products will be marked down and you’ll know how much of your budget you have left to spend. Remember to shop smart; get a limited edition t-shirt or hat to remember the day, but skip the programs you’ll never read, wristbands you’ll never wear, and signed CDs you’ll never touch.
7. Schedule your ride home in advance to avoid surge fees.
There will undoubtedly be ridiculously high ride-sharing surge fees when everyone’s trying to get home at the end of the festival. Instead of Uber, pre-schedule a cab ride or rent a Zipcar to save some cash. No matter how you go home, remember to use our app to ensure you get there safely.