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How to survive the festival season on a budget

Summer has finally arrived, which means one thing for all of you music-lovers…festival season! There’s nothing quite like spending your holiday camping on the weekend, tanning in the sun and partying with friends to your favourite live bands.

While everyone loves a festival, they can come at quite a hefty price. So how can you still have fun whilst on a budget? Follow these cash-saving tips to keep your bank balance blooming this summer…

Be an early bird

You want to grab the best price possible right? Well as they say, ‘the early bird catches the early worm.’ Most festivals sell limited pre-sale tickets at a discounted rate, some can even save you up to 70% off! These sell super quick though, so our advice… subscribe to newsletters like Ticketfest and keep an eye on their social channels so you’re the first to be notified.

Volunteer for the perks

What’s better than getting a discount? Freebies! Did you know you can get free entry…yes FREE ENTRY to plenty of festivals by volunteering with a charity? Just find a charity that works at the festivals you’re interested in, sign up as a volunteer, choose your agreed working hours and voila! Oxfam is a great place to start as they have a festival volunteer programme which runs all year round.

Plan travel beforehand

Always book your travel well in advance to get the best prices. If you’re travelling from far, coach is often cheaper than train and will usually get you all the way to the festival site. For extra savings, you might be eligible to purchase a student rail or coach card for more discounts. Or if you prefer to drive, try sorting out a lift share with friends – splitting fuel costs might work out even cheaper than public transport!

Pack a lunch

Ok let’s admit it. It’s almost impossible to attend a festival without being tempted to buy some of the tasty treats being offered at every turn. But they don’t come cheap. You could easily end up spending £10-£15 per meal – times that by 3 for the day, then 2 for the weekend and it all starts to add up. Rather than wasting your money, bring some snacks and drinks to keep you throughout the day, then put your money towards buying a main meal.

Avoid festival ATM’s

Most festivals now host onsite ATMs, but do you really want to wait in a lengthy queue to pay high charges – even worse, what if you miss your favourite act! Taking all the money you need for the duration obviously solves this problem, but it’s a good idea to spread your eggs and keep half your cash plus a credit card wrapped up in a stinky sock somewhere at the bottom of your pack.

Remember, finding ways to save money at festivals takes planning and, sometimes, a little creativity. Setting your budget early gives you time to think where you can splurge and where you may need to skimp. Oh and remember to download our savings app, Pennies to Pounds for more tips! Now go out and enjoy your summer!

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Money for Life work in partnership with the Money Advice Service, an independent organisation set up by government. Money AdviceService provides free, unbiased money guidance across the UK to help people make the most of their money.  If you have a question or need help, you can chat to them here.

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Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday, 9am to 1pm.