Heading to a festival this summer? Get ready for your bank balance to take a severe battering! Buying a ticket is just the start: food, drink, travel, clothes and camping are just a few of the dark abysses that your money will disappear into by the time the weekend is out. Luckily, with some careful planning there are some easy ways you can stick to a budget at a festival, and here Savoo will show you how.
1) Plan your journey in advance
If you are catching the train to the festival make sure you book your journey in advance to save on fares, and try to avoid travelling at peak times. Thetrainline.com has a great tool which helps you find the cheapest tickets to your destination, as long as you aren’t fussy on timing. And you can always check out National Express Discount Codes to save money on tickets before you travel.
Car sharing with a group of friends is an even savvier way of keeping the costs down, since you will only have to chip in for petrol. If you can’t find enough people to share with, head to liftshare.com to find other festival goers for free- they might even end up becoming your new best friends!
2) Borrow a tent
Tents can be expensive, particularly if you aren’t planning on using yours more than once a year. So rather than buying one, ask around your family and friends and see if you can borrow a tent for free.
For those looking to take the plunge, a decent two man festival tent will set you back a minimum of around £20 (we wouldn’t recommend spending any less in fear of a leaking roof!). Using a voucher code might help you knock money off the price of a tent- take a look at our camping codes here.
3) Leave your iPhone at home
Smartphones + festivals = recipe for disaster, so leave your iPhone at home and dig out the old Nokia that has been hiding in the back of your cupboard since you were a teenager. Not only will the battery not run out, but the likelihood of it being stolen is very, very slim.
4) Get a disposable camera
When it comes to documenting the festival, leave your top of the range camera at home and swap it for a cheap digital alternative, or better yet some disposable cameras. Try Jessops for a great range of single use cameras and digital development. And don’t forget to insure your valuables in case of disaster.
5) Take out cash beforehand
Using a cash machine at a festival is an absolute no-no for money savers. Not only will you have to queue for hours to get near a machine, but they typically charge transaction fees of £2- money that could be better put towards food. Instead, plan how much you want to spend each day and only take that amount with you.
6) Splurge on the last day
Buying band merchandise is one of the biggest temptations at a festival, and should generally be avoided if you are on a tight budget. But if you really can’t resist the t-shirts and CDs then make sure you wait until the last day of the festival- vendors will knock down prices to get rid of their stock.
Festivals greatly inflate the price of alcohol, so in order to avoid weeping at the price of a pint make sure you bring your own booze to the event.
Different festivals have different restrictions on the amount of alcohol you can bring it, but generally the allowances are generous and should last you for the majority of the festival. Glass bottles are generally banned, so decant your drink into plastic ones to avoid all your booze being confiscated at the gate.
8) Bring food
Alcohol prices are not the only things inflated by festival organisers- feeding yourself can be a hugely expensive business unless you come prepared with your own provisions. Head to a supermarket first and pack your bag full of things that are filling and easy to transport- we recommend sandwiches, crisps, dried fruit and energy bars.
Feeling really adventurous? Pack a camping stove, pot noodles and soups and cook up a veritable feast right outside your tent every day- try Go Outdoors for reasonably priced stoves.
9) Print off a map
10) Pack sensibly
One of the biggest expenditures of going to a festival can be kitting out your wardrobe with new clothes for the occasion. But keep an eye on your bank balance and try and keep the costs down; head to Primark for basic shorts and t-shirts, and use a discount code for more expensive items like dresses. Don’t forget, anything you wear is bound to get grubby, so don’t waste money on designer goods.
And when it comes to the unpredictable British weather, it is best to come prepared with both flip flops and wellies for whatever the skies throw at you!