It’s a hard broke life, especially when you’re a festival fiend, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. To get to your next festival, without missing a week’s worth of rent, we’ve created a step-by-step guide for nailing festivals on a budget.

Step 1: Getting the ticket

Festival tickets are bloody expensive and we don’t condone jumping, so if you can’t afford to buy one, just sign up to become a volunteer. All they want you to do is work a few hours before or during the event in exchange for a ticket.

Step 2: How to look a million $$ without touching the credit card

Just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean that your outfit has to suffer. If you refuse to wear something you already own then your next best option is to pull an IOU and borrow something off that friend with the closet for days.

Step 3: How to get to the festival

Not keen on staying sober and driving to the festival or paying a small fortune for an Uber? We don’t blame you.

The best and cheapest way to get to any festival is to carpool, either with mates or if you head to the festival Facebook page you can ask if anyone in your area has a spare seat.

Step 4: How to last the whole weekend on loose change

Pre-gaming becomes an Olympic sport when you’re broke. If you don’t drink enough, you risk sobering up within the first hour. And if you drink too much you don’t remember anything. Practice makes perfect (plus don’t forget a roadie for the walk in and you’ll be laughing).

Once you’re inside the drinks are astronomically expensive so you’ll need to be a scab if you want to survive. If you’re heading to a festival anytime soon start stockpiling dollar coins from around the house. You’ll have enough $$ for a few bevvies in no time.

Step 5: How not to starve

If you’re a rule breaker then you can attempt to smuggle in some snacks, movie theatre style. However for those of you on the straight and narrow try to suss out the stalls that serve hot chips – they will always be the cheapest food option at a festival.

Step 6: Where to sleep

Accommodation around festivals gets really expensive and most places book out well in advance, so to avoid having to splash out on some dingy hostel try to crash on the couch at one of your mates in exchange for snacks, drinks and good company.

Step 7: How to stay away from the merch tent

This one’s pretty straight forward: you do NOT need a band tee. If you steer clear of the merchandise tent and remind yourself that memories are worth more than materials, you’ll feel better about missing out on those limited edition beanies.

You may be broke but that doesn’t mean you can’t be savvy – before heading to your next festival make sure you download SearchParty and create a Party with your crew. You really don’t want to lose your mates especially when you can’t even afford to get home.

Heading to Falls Festival this month? Don’t go unprepared, follow our guide on How to Nail a Multi-Day Festivaland you’ll be ready party like a pro.


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