Many communities around the world will be celebrating autumn with fairs and festivals. This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the splendid weather before the cold weather sets in. With some careful planning, one can enjoy these activities while still staying on a budget.
* Buy Tickets Ahead
Many festivals and fairs offer deep discounted tickets if you buy your tickets ahead of the event. Look for these tickets to be offered by major grocery stores and by employers. Often, employers will give them to their employees just for the asking, because they are expected to purchase the tickets to support the community.
* Plan Ahead
Most fairs and festivals offer a printed schedule ahead of the event. Become familiar with the schedule so that you know when free events will be happening. By attending these free events you can have a great time without breaking the bank. Furthermore, notice if the event is having free days or days when they will be offering reduced prices for things you want to do. This is especially important if you have kids who want to experience the carnival. Look for wristband nights or "bring a soda can" night.
* Eat Before You Go
Festivals and fairs make a good share of their money from food sales. Buck the trend and eat a hearty meal before you go. That way those food vendors will not look tempting to you. A hot dog may cost 50 cents to make at home, and cost three or four dollars at the event. Also, consider packing along some sandwiches or other simple food. Furthermore, if the festival or fair has a commercial exhibit area, walk through this area to take advantage of free food samples they are handing out.
* Use the Shuttle
If a parking shuttle is provided it is usually a smart idea to use it. In many locations, the shuttle is free and the parking is a whole lot cheaper. Since many people choose not to use this method, it may also be faster than fighting the parking crowd at the event.
* Go Early in the Day
Many fairs and festivals intend for you to have to go more than one time to see everything. Instead, try going just as the gates to the event open and plan on staying all day. That way, you can see it all in just one trip.
* Volunteer or Participate
Many events will let you attend for free if you volunteer a little time or participate in an event. Look for these opportunities. When you volunteer, you not only get to enjoy the rest of your time, but you also feel good about helping others. Many people love to compete and many fairs and festivals let competitors in for free. Look for these opportunities to earn a blue ribbon and enjoy the rest of your day.
* Carry a Water Bottle
By carrying a water bottle you avoid the temptation to buy expensive sodas. You also take better care of your health and stay hydrated. It is easy to refill these bottles at most festival and fairgrounds.
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather by attending a festival. Enjoy it more by not breaking your budget.
This guest post was written by Alexis Willis, who writes about outdoor activities and saving money through Mint Coupon Codes.