Seeing your team win in person can be great, but it can also be very expensive. If you’ve ever been to a game, you know very well that even cheap seats don’t really come cheap. Plus, if you want to take your entire family with you – it will cost even more. You’ll be paying for game tickets, snacks, parking, and most likely a souvenir or two. What some may not realize, is that you certainly can attend a sporting event on a budget.
Here are five ways to not to miss out even when you’re on a budget:
Keep an Eye Out for Discounts
If you’ve never heard of “discount nights,” read on. Some sports teams offer all-in-one deals that cover everything from parking, tickets, and food. You just have to take your time to compare prices, stay tuned for updates, and save the dates on your calendar. This will give you more than enough time to plan and save up.
Consider Buying from Resellers
Buying tickets directly from your sports team is still the most popular option, but there’s a less expensive world you may not have explored: ticket reselling. You can typically find deals on platforms like StubHub, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace. Just make sure you’re buying from legitimate sellers. One way to do this is to check their reviews and ratings.
Say No to Buy Now, Pay Later
As they say, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” You might be asking yourself, why shell out $500 when you can pay for the total in five easy installments? These types of online payment plans are only good if you can pay consistently, but what if you suddenly can’t? You can easily rack up interest, and you’ll usually end up paying more than what you’ve bargained for.
Try the Cheap Seats in the Back
We’ve already mentioned that cheap seats aren’t exactly cheap, but they’re still exactly that — the cheapest. You and your family may not be able to see your favorite players up close, but at least you’re ready to cheer them on even if you’re all seated on the upper level.
Rely on Word of Mouth
Have you ever been to a game and noticed empty seats? We have two words for you: Ask around! Sometimes, tickets don’t get purchased. Other times, there’s that colleague of yours with an important family event to go to, who needs to sell their tickets — fast. Try to negotiate, especially when the date is close. You’ll likely end up with a good deal.
To Wrap It Up
Attending sporting events can be a fun experience for you and your family, but going to a live game can empty out your wallet. If you want to have fun at sporting events without breaking the bank, keep these tips in mind to stay within your budget.
Go team go!