Speak to anyone who is a regular music festival go-er and they will talk about how much of an amazing experience it is; acres of mud, flower crowns and lots of drunken antics. However, festivals aren’t exactly the best for your bank account.
Chances are, you have already forked out a fair bit of cash for your weekend ticket, and on top of that you have to think about your travel arrangements, camping supplies and of course, booze. Plus, you will actually have to feed yourself while you’re there too!
If you’re a festival newbie, it’s easy to spend way more than you planned at a musical festival. The experts at PiWoP, a revolutionary price alert tool helping you to save money, have put together our money saving tips for festival season:
1. Set yourself a daily budget - In the crazy atmosphere of a festival, it can be easy to get carried away and spend silly amounts of money on alcohol and food. However, coming home to find you spent £70 on a round of drinks is less than fun!
Before you head off, decide your budget for the whole weekend and divide this across each day. Either take this amount of money in cash (but make sure you keep it safe!), or use a budgeting app to set limits on certain things and notify you when you’re overspending.
2. Leave designer clothing at home - We’re under no impression that festivals are just as much about looking good as it is about the music - sparkly shorts, bejeweled accessories and glitter-covered body parts are what festivals are all about. Yet one of the biggest expenses of the weekend can be replacing your entire wardrobe that has been covered in mud around the campsite, so leave your expensive gear at home and go for some cheaper alternatives.
3. Book travel arrangements in advance - As with any journey, it’s simple: the earlier you book, the cheaper your travel will be. People often make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to book their train tickets in the hope that prices will fall, but everyone else will have the same idea - sending the prices skyrocketing!
As soon as you know the dates of the festival and opening times of the campsite, book your travel. Then you have one less thing to think about later on.
4. Volunteer to get a free ticket instead - As an alternative, volunteering to work at the festival itself can be pretty economical, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. Every year, festivals look for volunteers who will help with tasks like giving out wristbands, selling programmes or helping to clean up litter. In return, you will get free access to the festival and in some cases, free travel, accommodation and food.
5. Plan in advance - Camping and festival essentials such as tents, foldable chairs, sturdy suitcases or bags to carry your weekends worth of alcohol and spare clothes can soon add up - Plan in advance and use tools like PIWoP! If you know you’re off to a festival over the summer, start searching for your stuff online now. Create a ‘festival’ list on our price alert tool and set the price you are willing to pay for each item. We’ll notify you when any of your festival essentials match that price or go below it, saving you time and money!
Take a look at more of the team’s money saving ideas here.