If you’re a sports fan on a budget, you may have been wondering how you can save some money this year. Whether you’re aiming to save money playing sports or hope to save money watching them, here are some tips:
Know the prices
Always check the price of the tickets on the official website so you know you won’t get ripped off. Sadly, there aren’t very many comparison websites yet, which can make it tricky to find tickets that won’t break the bank. Knowledge is power though, so stay informed about prices so you’ll know if you’re getting ripped off.
If you know you there’s a big game coming up, don’t wait for scalpers! Your best bet is to buy tickets as soon as you can, particularly if you think they’re likely to sell out.
Booking ahead wasn’t in your budget? Often people will buy tickets for an event before realising they can no longer make it. There are a number of websites you can check for second-hand tickets, and people will often advertise at a cheaper price so they can get rid of their tickets. This can be tricky, as the longer you wait and the closer it gets to the event, the more desperate people will be to sell their tickets. This can make it difficult to make plans though, so you’ll have to weigh up your anxiety vs. your budget.
Make money while watching your favourite games
Did you know you can actually make money while watching sports? Yup, if you think you’re pretty good at calling who’s going to win, you can do some sports betting online and can potentially earn some decent money.
This is particularly popular amongst football fans in the UK, although the UK Gambling Commission is gradually restricting this, partially through their gamstop scheme. Do not worry, though, as you can still bet on football on gamstop. You just have to find non gamstop football betting sites!
There are a number of excellent betting sites to choose from, so take a look and good luck!
Work the events
Do you know there’s no way you’ll be able to afford tickets to that game you absolutely must see? Consider working at some sports events. This will give you a chance to earn some money while you’re keeping up with the game, and you could even meet some of your heroes.
You don’t even need to have any specific qualifications, and hospitality and catering jobs are super easy to get. Check online for temporary jobs, or visit the official website for the event you’re interested in to see if they have any job opportunities. Finally, follow the links and you’ll find the organisation who arranges their hospitality and catering to find out if they usually take on temporary staff.
Support the up and comers
Ok, this isn’t going to be as great as watching the best sportspeople in the world battle it out. But if you’re on a budget and still want to get your sports fix, you can always go to a lesser-known sports match. Not only will you probably save some serious cash, but you may be watching the next big thing.