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Surviving Festivals on a Budget

Surviving Festivals on a Budget
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Festival season is now in full swing, and there are many of us who are thinking of spending a lot of money on tickets. It can cost upwards of £200 for a ticket to one of the many festivals around the UK.

And the cost of the ticket isn’t the only worry. One of the things that can make people hesitant to go to a festival, or may cause issues when they get home, is the cost of actually being at a festival. We have to think about camping gear, travel, food, drink and all the little extras that we have to pay for. If you’re not careful, the excitement of festival season can cause a massive dent in your budget and may lead to needing a short term payday loan to help cover other finances!

To help you save money while at a festival, we’ve explored a few tricks you can try out. From bringing supplies to borrowing gear, there are many ways you can go to a festival on a budget!

Take a Cooler Box, BBQ and Food

Bringing food and the facility to cook it will save you a lot of money, as meals can cost anywhere from £5 to £10 each. Over a four day period, you could end up spending over £100 just on food alone. 

So instead, why not go to your local supermarket, load up on bread, sausages, burgers, bacon, crisps and other snacks. That should certainly help you to save a small fortune! We’ve also compiled a list of ways to save on your food shop to help you cut costs even more.

Take Alcohol With You

Another big expense at most festivals is alcohol. Drinks normally range from £4 up to around £10 each. When you’re at a festival a lot of alcohol is often consumed, which can be incredibly expensive. People can spend hundreds over the course of a weekend!

Rather than spend loads of money on individual drinks at the festival, why not stock up on spirits, beers, ciders and water whilst you’re buying food to bring along. And if there’s a group of you, you can split the cost between you and save even more money.

If You Don’t Have Camping Gear, Borrow Some

One thing a lot of people get wrong during festival season is that they forget to ask friends or family to borrow things to take with them. Instead, they buy things brand new. And if you’re looking for things like camping gear over the summer, the prices can be higher, as everyone wants the same stuff!

Even if you are thinking of going away again, buying a new tent, sleeping bag, chair, pillow or bed could be a waste of money – there’s a chance that you won’t end up camping again. Try borrowing these from someone who has only used their camping gear a handful of times, and is therefore in good condition, and then determine if you even like camping!

Make a Daily Budget and Stick to It

Before you go to a festival, it’s good to factor in the chance that you will buy a few drinks, get a little bit of food or maybe buy something from one of the many shops. It’s unlikely that you won’t spend anything! The trick is to not go overboard, just because you’re at a festival. It’s important to have fun, but it’s also crucial that you don’t overspend and suffer the consequences later on in the month. 

The best thing to do to prevent overspending is create a budget. You can easily do this by writing a list or using a budget app on your phone. And then once you’ve made a daily budget, make sure you stick to it!

Whether you’re going to one of the more expensive festivals, a cheap one, or a free one, try using these tips to help make it an even better experience! You don’t need to spend too much money to enjoy yourself, and create some new memories!

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