Today I am singing “hallelujah”. It’s our first official day of Spring Break. I slept in y’all! It’s been months since we weren’t on the schedule. I vowed that the next six days we where not getting out of bed before 8 am. This fantastic break not only gives me time to recharge my batteries, but it also kicks off a fabulous time of year. Hello spring and summer concert season!
The events this week are happening at the go to South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. Once a relatively small gathering of local musicians, SXSW has grown into a 10-day event featuring music, film and a technology trade show.
With ticket prices starting at over $500, SXSW is definitely one of the pricier diversions this season. Thankfully, there are plenty of concerts and events around the country costing much less, especially when you take these money-saving tips into consideration.
1. Search Craigslist
The upside to buying last-minute tickets on Craigslist is you’re typically buying from a fan who has a scheduling conflict and needs to unload an event pass. This often gives you negotiating power since the seller is eager to offload their tickets before the event passes. Don’t be afraid to haggle!
2. Compare Broker Prices
Ticketwood.com aggregates ticket availability and prices from several online brokers like StubHub and TicketsNow. Waiting to purchase tickets until the date of the event gets closer often results in cheaper ticket prices.
3. Apply a Coupon Code
Check for promo codes at sites like CouponSherpa.com for discounts at ticket sites like TicketMaster and TicketsNow. You can save $20 off $200 or get 10% off your first order through TicketsNow by using a coupon code, for example.
4. Use Social Media
You never know who’s reading your posts so it’s always worth a shot at updating your status with a ticket request. A friend-of-a-friend who may be looking to unload event tickets may be able to connect you! So use Facebook and Twitter wisely.
5. Save on Parking
Whether you’re running late or want to dodge stadium parking prices, use SpotHero to locate nearby parking spots at reasonable rates. Deals are made with parking lot owners as well as local residents who rent their parking spaces. The site offers exclusive discounts so you save time and money while beating parking stress.
6. Buy Discount Gift Cards
You can buy other people’s unwanted gift cards at a discount through sites like GiftCardGranny.com, where you can save 7% off gift cards to TicketMaster. Plan ahead if you opt for this savings method as it can take up to 24 hours for e-codes to be delivered to you, though typically you’ll receive them within a few minutes of purchase.
7. Be Flexible
For better rates and more ticket availability, look for a show or concert during the week or in a nearby town. For example, Red Rocks in Morrison, Colo., is a popular venue for big acts, with tickets costing up to $100 each depending on the artist. 60 miles north, Fort Collins’ free Bohemian Nights festival has featured such artists as Michael Franti, Pat Benatar, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and more!
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