One of the things I’ve been focusing on lately (or trying to anyway) is to spend money on experiences instead of things. Instead of going out and buying clothing, or knick knacks, I’ve been trying to focus instead on spending my money on things that are genuinely going to enrich my life, like trips, dogs, restaurant meals, and concerts.
As I’ve mentioned before, a few weeks ago I went to a Bruce Springsteen concert on a whim. After considering whether or not to go for months, my fiancée and I decided that it wasn’t worth the money. Then, a few days before, we received a financial gift meant to partially subsidize tickets to the concert. At that point, we couldn’t pass the opportunity up. We were going, whether we had the cash available or not.
Being ever the frugal chick, I started looking for ways for us to attend the concert without breaking the bank, and here are some of the tips I came up with:
Kijiji is Your Friend
Kijiji, craigslist, whatever your poison, buying concert tickets for less has never been easier. Forget the sketchy scalpers, check your local classified ads. These places are full of people who bought tickets months before the concert, but who can no longer go for one reason or another, and are now looking to offload tickets. A friend of ours saved a total of $90 by buying two tickets off kijiji instead of at the box office.
While this may be a moral grey area for some of you, there’s no denying that scalpers can be a good way to save money on concert tickets. There are two situations where you are most likely to get tickets for below market value from scalpers:
- The concert isn’t sold out. Scalpers can’t very well charge market value or above market value when their customers could just stroll down to the box office and buy tickets now could they? The prices will generally be at least a few dollars cheaper.
- The concert is well under way. This technique works equally well for sports games. The longer a potential concert goers waits to buy these tickets, the less value the tickets have. If the concert is a few hours in progress, most scalpers will start lowering prices in order to clear tickets. If they don’t sell them, the tickets (and they’re investment) go out the window, so they might as well try and recoup at least some of their investment. It all depends on how long you’re willing to wait. We weren’t very interested in the opening bands, so we were willing to wait a long time.
So now you’ve got your cheap tickets from online classifieds or the sketch bag holding the “tickets wanted” sign. There are still more ways to save money on concerts.
Find Cheap Transportation
Carpooling with a designated driver, taking public transit or walking are all great ways to avoid high transit fees to and from concerts. Make sure to check out the concert website beforehand – many offer free shuttles to and from the city centre.
Most concerts have strict rules about what you can and cannot bring into the venue. Around my neck of the woods, the standard is one litre of water per person, and no food. Since food is ungodly expensive at concert venues, we eat a big meal before heading out. We also bring snacks and alcohol to consume while waiting in line, so we can spend less once we actually get inside.
Avoid the Temptation of the After Party
Often at the end of an epic concert, I’m so amped up that all I want to do is keep the party going. This feeling is usually short lived and by the time I get to the next party I’m exhausted from standing all day and screaming my lungs out to my favourite songs. These days I head straight for home and the adrenaline is just wearing off by the time I sink into the comfort of my couch. Perfect timing!
Attending concerts is really fun and rarely an experience I regret, but the cost is often prohibitive. Using these techniques I’ve managed to decrease the overall cost of concerts, which darastically increases my ability to enjoy them!
Do you have any money saving tips for concerts? I want to know!