Off to the grocery store – last day for this week’s ad. I have a few coupons to help me save a bit more money. I hit the aisles looking for spaghetti sauce. It’s all gone. OK, on to the dairy section for some yogurt. Not quite the same result, but a very limited selection. It always seems to be this way on the last day of the advertisement. I could just head out, and call it a wasted trip, or maybe head to another store. This time, I decided to take a different approach. [Read more…]
You’ve got your grocery list & your coupons in hand, and an idea of your budget in mind. You’ve also reviewed the sale advertisements to see what opportunities exist for compounded savings. It’s time to head to the store. You get through your budgeted shopping spree at one store, and move on to the next; calculating your savings as you go. Low & behold, you run across an item at the next store at a better deal than at your previous stop, where you just purchased it. It happens all the time. Sometimes stores run unadvertised specials. It’s not just what you by, but particular sizes & flavors that can make a difference pricing.
Watch item sizes & “flavors” when shopping for savings. Here’s where the slight of hand occurs often. Although items may be on sale, specific flavors of a product may not be on sale, or may be on sale, but at a higher price, thus reducing your savings. The advertisement tagline might read “varieties & sizes vary by store or region.” This gives the store the opportunity to put all products in a product line on sale, but vary the price. Another curveball occurs when only the items in the advertisement are on sale. In other words, other varieties in the same product line are not sale. So, when you would rather have flavored crackers instead of plain, you might not be getting the same cost savings.
Sizes may vary by store or by flavor. In this region, we have nationally-recognized box stores, as well as some regional chains. Even though the price may be the same per store, the SIZE of the item may vary. The item may be on sale for the same price at each store, but which store gives you the better value based on product size – 12 ounces versus 14 ounces? Also, do double coupons factor into the equation. It is not uncommon to find that if I perform a quick price comparison between the store offering double coupons, and the store that only offers single coupons, I’ll find that the item is still cheaper at the store that only offers single coupons. Plus, the size may vary by flavor. In one instance, I found a six ounce variance in size for a dish soap based on the flavor. Although, even visually measuring out six ounces doesn’t seem like much, it’s up to a 20% difference in volume. That’s a lot of extra dishes! This is when it’s important to pay attention to store pricing trends. After a while, you will know where you get a better deal on your crackers, or be able to get more dishes washed.
The intent of this article is not to dissuade you in any way from buying the size & flavor of product you enjoy using most; the intent is to make you aware of pricing differences to get the best value. When you are living on a tight budget, 2 ounces of crackers, or six ounces of dish soap can help you make it that little bit of extra distance on your shoestring. Of course, every now and then, it’s good to “get crazy” and buy the better flavor in the smaller size just to live a little!
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It’s back to school time! And, not just for the kids, but also for adults. Continuing education & certifications are one way adults can add to their skill set for better career opportunities. Of course, as with everything else, continuing education opportunities comes with a price tag. From my experiences, the price tag can be financially prohibitive to those on a budget. In my attempt to add to my skill set through a professional certification, I sought out resources to make my experience more affordable. Continuing education and certification resources are available to those on a budget.
Study groups can help you learn materials needed for your certification. Although some class work may be needed to qualify for the formal education requirement of a certification, study groups may be available in your area to help you prepare for a certification exam. One way to cut costs for certifications is to substitute study group sessions for a class offered at a local college, as long as you are still able to fulfill the education requirement. The benefit is a lower cost, however be advised that the study group structure may take more time to get through the material, and be less formal than a classroom setting. Study groups may also provide additional sessions beyond what is scheduled if there is a need by the students to review materials prior to taking an exam.
Research employer tuition reimbursement opportunities for your continuing education credits or certification. Many employers today offer tuition reimbursement if your course work can help improve your positional skill set. This can help defer the overall out-of-pocket expense. Make sure to review your employer’s tuition reimbursement policy to make sure you qualify, as well as how reimbursement is processed. Do you have to pay for the course upfront? Do you need to earn a specific grade in order to be reimbursed? Will your company reimburse for your certification? If these or other questions come to mind, it is important to contact your benefits representative.
Locating used books for your coursework can also help lower the costs of the certification process. Check online resources first before paying the big bucks for your book. You can often find used versions of the books needed. Another option is to check with those around you who are already certified or have completed their continuing education. Or, maybe the library has the book needed for your course. Be careful to take the book back to the library before the due date – having to pay a fine would defeat the purpose of borrowing it! In any case, make sure to research different options to find the materials needed. You may find the materials at a cost you can live with.
Once you complete your certification or continuing education, be on the lookout for free updates or classes. Some certifications have free webinars to help you keep up with the metric used to keep your certification current. There are plenty of paid courses available, as it’s a source of revenue for the certification business, but there are ways to find free classes & webinars by signing up for education provider newsletters. Although the quality and length of class or webinar may vary by provider, seeking out free courses is a way to keep the overall cost of maintaining your certification affordable.
The cost of obtaining & maintaining a certification is always something to consider when reviewing your options to enhance your skills for the workplace. To make your professional education goals cost efficient, be sure to review your options before diving in. Also, check the registration deadlines, in case you need to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances. By checking websites, reviewing your employer’s benefits policies, and asking colleagues for assistance, you may be able to drastically reduce the costs of pursuing a professional certification.
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So, this guy walks into a restaurant. Yep, this sounds like the opening to a joke with a punch line, doesn’t it?! He has a coupon for a meal taken from a fundraiser book sold to him by a friend. After he shows the counter person the coupon prior to placing his order, the counter person’s response is that the coupons are no longer accepted at that particular location. What?! The coupon is valid for another four months! When losing out on savings opportunities, sometimes it is worth the effort to pick up the phone and ask “why” the discount is no longer available.
When faced with a bit of confusion on a discount, it is best to get a phone number, and get the facts. In the situation described, I asked the counter person a couple of questions to obtain the information that could help me research:
- Why are the coupons no longer taken?
- Who can I communicate with to find out more?
The employee was more than happy to provide me with a name of the store manager; the phone number the manager could be reached at, as well as the next shift the manager would be available. Perfect. Let’s face it: restaurant employees are not always privy to the specific details of the rules for a variety of reasons. And in almost all cases, the rule changes are not in their control. So, if you are truly interested in finding out why a discount is no longer being offered, the best option is to obtain contact information for a manager, decision maker, or administrative employee who can provide a better explanation. In these situations, I also do my best to explain to the employee that I realize it’s not their fault, and I appreciate their efforts to provide further information.
Following through with making a phone call is important, as you may be surprised by the response. In this case, I waited to call until an appropriate hour. Calling a manager of a restaurant during the opening minutes of a shift or during a lunch/dinner rush may cause a short or curt response. Timing provided me with the opportunity after a lunch rush would probably have ended. The manager was more than happy to take my call and provide an explanation. However, the explanation was not much more detailed than what the counter person had told me a couple of days earlier. So, the manager asked me to hold and placed a follow-up phone call herself in order to provide me with a better response. I waited willingly out of curiosity (as well as for article-writing research!).
The manager provided a valid explanation, as well as an apology. Apparently, there were two or three different factors leading to the location being instructed to refuse the coupon. Administrative communication and fraudulent coupons were both cited for the refusal policy. However, management made the decision that these factors had been resolved and the coupons could again be accepted by the restaurant. The manager stated that her task action steps would be to inform employees, take down the current sign regarding refusal of the coupons, and post a note announcing the coupons could be accepted. During the conversation, the manager expressed her own surprise regarding the policy, and apologized several times for any inconvenience I might have experienced.
Investigating the cause of the policy can sometimes reap rewards. Admittedly, I was already building my case against the restaurant. In fact, through several conversations after “the incident,” I had already begun to formulate this article in my head from a different perspective. I am pleasantly surprised to be able to say that not only did the restaurant manager handle the issue appropriately, but that I learned something from the experience. Instead of assuming the negative result, a phone call can result in future savings. Every now and then, it is worth the effort to pick up the phone and ask “why” when it comes to a discontinued discount policy.
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Are you oneof “those people?” You know the kind – that likes the most expensive version of a product regardless of whether you know the price? If so, then you are just like me! It doesn’t matter whether I know the price or not, when I pick something off a menu, clothes rack, car lot, grocery store shelf, or at the electronics store, it is invariably the most expensive item in that category. Be careful if you are one of “those people!” You will cost yourself a little more every time you hit the cash register! Premium services usually come with premium pricing. When shopping on a budget, watch for premium services and products, as they can easily add to the overall price.
I recently “fell victim” to premium service pricing. Would you like to know where? At the store where I was getting some engraving done on a birthday gift. The store listed all of the fonts on one page, with very little to distinguish between the premium fonts and the regular fonts. Of course, the font I chose was going to provide the best look on the glass. Naturally, it was a premium font, available for an up-charge. So, I had to rationalize it in my head that it was alright to pay the additional fee. Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased with the lack of distinction in the pricing of premium fonts. However, the situation did provide a learning experience for me, as well as an opportunity to be creative with the outcome.
What this situation reminded me of is that there are premiums put on all sorts of services and products. From your phone service to your DVR, premium services are considered easy add-ons to your final costs. We’re not talking about upgrading your car from an economy to a mid-size, or a domestic to an import. We’re talking about those little incidentals you can miss along the way. Buying a special addition of a cd or movie; adding lemon to your water at a restaurant (yes, believe it or not, some restaurants now charge for the lemon wedge!); having call waiting on your home phone service; adding sprinkles to your ice cream cone! In restaurants, for example, servers will ask you if you want a salad with a meal, mushrooms with your steak, or a better version of the house beverage. Although these meal or drink extras carry a higher price, this information is implied, not always overtly stated.
In some cases – when you’re buying your car, or ordering your phone service – the premium services are bundled together. So, you get some services you aren’t looking for, but with services you are; so the bundle can appear as a premium service “bargain” if the seller markets it in that fashion – think moon roof & blue tooth, or higher Internet speed & more virtual storage space. Be careful of how the additional services or products are listed. They appear to “only cost a little more” each by design. In the end, if you add enough of these services or product add-ons, you have the potential to extend far beyond your intended budget limits.
Premium pricing is not necessarily bad, as long as the consumer knows what he or she is purchasing and is aware of how the premium services change the price of the product or service. It’s when the premium prices are conspicuously hidden or indistinguishable on menus or option listings that it becomes an issue. Awareness is how you won’t be surprised by the bottom line of your purchase. Oh, by the way, turning in your regular DVR cable box in for an HD DVR cable box is also considered a premium service – I learned this lesson recently, also!
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A good friend of mine is making a career transition. He’s had the opportunity to wear required uniform to work for the past 15 years. Now, he will be transitioning to wearing suits to work. We have had discussions regarding his strategies for this transition that are bigger pieces – resume building, professional networking, job locations, job opportunities, etc. What has just now entered the discussion is wardrobe. As wearing suits has not been part of his work or purchasing protocols, we have been discussing what needs to be done so that he is prepared for his interviews with the appropriate attire. Buying a professional wardrobe for a new job can be costly, whether you are a new graduate, or transitioning to a new career path. Suiting up for a new job can be costly. Here are some simple tips for suiting up for a new job with variety & style without breaking the bank.
Start by picking out shirt & tie combination boxes at the department store. Most department stores carry shirt & tie combination packs from their own lines of clothing, as well as from recognized clothing label manufacturers. Now, truth be told, you won’t get the highest fashion ties, or high-end shirt quality. Think volume. What you will get is tie variety, and shirt durability at a lower cost. When you are just out of school, or trying to build a business wardrobe for a new career, it’s important to have variety. The boxed shirt & tie combinations come at a value that is cost effective. If you watch store advertisements, you can catch them on sale. I’ll buy one or two at a time, depending on the sale. This is an affordable way to avoid repeating what you wore to work last Monday.
Watch for store discounts & sales. It’s not necessary to buy at retail cost. As I was cashing out at a department store recently, the cashier made a factual economic statement:
“If you are buying at retail prices, there’s something wrong.”
She’s right. Department stores have enough sales and discounts to provide that you can purchase almost anything, including a business wardrobe at a discounted price. Obviously, I am able to speak to the male gender specifically, but roaming the stores while shopping provides me the opportunity to see the same applies for women’s professional clothing, as well. Watch the advertisements. Occasionally, department stores will provide a coupon in their advertisement to receive a monetary discount above a certain spending amount. For example, for the box shirts & ties, I saved an additional $10 above the sale price, since my checkout total was above $25. Essentially, this turned into a 25% savings on top of the advertised sale price. Also, this is one of those situations that having a department store credit card can be used as an advantage. Most department stores will send additional savings opportunities to customers who have store credit cards. These additional discounts can be used in combination with the sales. We’ve addressed this in a previous article, but it bears repeating that when you can compound your savings, it provides you with a savings opportunity, & purchase cost efficiencies (wow – that almost sounds like professional terminology!). As I am always looking to expand & refresh my business wardrobe, I look to combine the highest percentage of savings with the best sales, as well as hunt the clearance racks.
Pay attention to suit specialty store sales. Suit stores run sales commercials offering deep discounts on their products, so there is no need to pay full retail price. Some of the major suit retailers run commercials offering “Buy One, Get One Free” suite sales, or heavy discount percentages. The suits are of good quality, and the service is tailored (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) to your purchasing needs. Walking into a suit store is a different experience than buying off the rack, with sales staff there to suggest different suit, shirt, & tie combinations. Of course, these efforts are tied to increasing the sale, but you always reserve the right to say “no!” During the long economic downturn, these offers by suit specialty stores have appeared to be more frequent.
Purchasing a business wardrobe can be a daunting economic task. In addition to the expense, you need to consider complying with organizational requirements and suiting to your own personal style. Have no illusions, retailers are not out to save you money – they are out to make a profit. Department stores and suit specialty stores know full well what their final expectations are on a sale, and hope to give you the appearance of savings. However, there is every reason for you to take full advantage of every discount offered. By watching department store advertisements, combining discounts, and creative purchasing, you can build your business wardrobe variety & suit up for a new job in style.
Credit cards. The ultimate double-edged sword of the economic system. They allow you instant gratification on the promise that you will pay later. They can, at times, save you in a true financial emergency, or emergency moment. Credit cards carry with them a mystical quality, as they don’t give you a visual of actually pulling the money out of your pocket, wallet, or purse. They are the plastic version of monopoly money in our collective minds. Therein lies the problem for you, and the glory for the credit card companies – the illusion & rationalization that you will be able to cover your monthly charges right up until the bill arrives in your mailbox, or inbox, and you can’t. The strategies for handling credit card debt vary almost as much as the type of credit cards you can obtain. OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I hope you see the point. You can take your pick of credit card reduction philosophies, and be successful, given your situation. Tackling credit card debt takes both a plan and discipline.
Assess your credit card debt situation. This is step one. Part of the problem that helps create credit card debt is denial, or just a lack of awareness. As the bills pile up, people just don’t know what to pay first, or how they can get out of the financial hole that has been created. Take the time to sit down with your credit card bills and list the amounts on paper. As difficult as this may be, it will give you a clear look at your credit card debt picture.
Devise a plan. Here’s where you choose your payment style. For me, I chose to transfer as much debt to one card as I could. I chose the card with the largest balance available, longest term of repayment at a zero interest rate, and the smallest fees for balance transfers (read the small print on transfer fees!). Then, I could pay off the remaining credit cards one at a time. Base your plan on what is the best for you. Take into account as much as possible to pay the least amount of fees and interest, while doing your best to keep your plan simple.
Execute your plan. Once I made the transfer, I set a payment budget/schedule for myself. I then started paying off the credit card debt one at a time, paying the smallest balance first. This helped me build confidence I couldn’t see if I paid off the largest balance first. After I paid off one card, I could then move on to the next. Some finance experts may criticize this plan. Here’s what I have to say to that: I don’t care – this is what worked for me.
Learn as you go. I paid off my credit card debt in a short amount of time, partially because my living situation at the time provided the right opportunity (low rent & expenses) for me to do so. But I learned valuable lessons in the process. The first is that I could address the challenge of credit card debt, and succeed. Second, and more importantly, I learned to prevent it from ever happening again. Since paying off my credit card debt over a decade ago, I’ve paid a grand total of 64 cents in interest; and I only paid that due the bill being lost in the mail (I got the late fee credited back to me). I’m still mad about it! I’ve had a “perfect record” with credit cards for a long time, since my rebirth!
Credit card debt is not easy. I ran up bills for a solid period of time before I decided to address the issue. What did it for me was realizing how much interest I was paying monthly – most of what I was sending in. Obviously, there are a myriad of extenuating circumstances that can create additional challenges – medical expenses, sudden job detours, personal emergencies. The methods described here may not be the blueprint that works for your situation. Assessing your situation, devising a plan, executing your plan, and learning as you go can provide you with confidence in paying your credit card debt, and take away some of the glory from those credit card companies.
I had a unique opportunity this weekend to stay at home. It’s not my normal routine. Normally, by the middle of the week, I have more than enough plans to run through the weekend without taking a breath. On most Sunday nights, I find myself wondering out loud “where did the weekend go?!” So, this weekend would be a complete change of pace for me, which is good. But time and rest are not the only potential gains for a weekend at home. Staying at home for a weekend can create a savings bridge, or more accurately cost avoidance, for paycheck-to-paycheck household.
Staying at home for a weekend can provide a savings buffer from normal expenditures. But what does one do to create a cost-efficient weekend at home? In my case, fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, there is PLENTY to do and/or accomplish. Maybe the list of tasks available to me at home will provide you with your next weekend-at-home savings opportunity.
On a weekend at home, I can dig into the following projects without spending any money:
Cleaning & Organizing. As I live alone, there are plenty of days & weeks when I just come home & drop everything, almost literally. So, a weekend at home gives me the opportunity to catch up to the piles of paperwork, tools, & mail that seems to collect at an exponential pace.
Reading. From books to newspapers to online articles, I have plenty of reading to catch up on during a weekend at home. And the directions I can go in are multi-faceted, from home improvement, to work (yikes!) reading, profession reading, and even leisure reading.
Home Improvement Projects. Granted, these projects have a tendency to cost money. However there are those projects that are a simple turn of the wrench instead of an extended trip to the local do-it-yourself store.
Puzzles & Board Games. I have a few puzzles waiting around for a rainy day, OR waiting around for a weekend without plans. Board games are always fun if family or friends stop by to visit.
Television & Movies. My DVR is full to capacity almost all of the time, and admittedly my last resort for entertainment. I’m normally negotiating with myself as to what program to delete to record something of a higher priority. Today, as I find myself in a middle of a rare Bruce Springsteen song – 57 Channels (And Nothing On) – I’ve fired my DVR to life to watch a program, saving me from the delete dilemma later this week. For those without DVR, there always seems to be something to suit a variety of interests on television.
Hobbies & Goals. What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have a hobby – models, stamp collecting, knitting? Do you have lifelong goals that you are trying to achieve, but always take the back burner to higher priorities? I have several of both, so I can always find something to do on a weekend at home
Of course, I am sure there is more that I can add to my own list! These are mere examples of how a weekend at home can be productive, enjoyable, and cost efficient.
A weekend at home can be cost efficient as long as you are aware there are challenges to be aware of. First, grabbing take-out food for a meal, or meals, can counteract the stay-at-home savings plan. A take-out meal is often rationalized as a reward for sticking it out at home (I know – I’ve used it many times!). One take-out meal is understandable, but multiple meals will negate any cost savings you may be getting by staying in. But this weekend, I took a different strategy: clean out the freezer. Fortunately, I’m blessed to have plenty of food in the freezer that can be pulled out for a meal. The second, and more threatening counteracting agent to a cost efficient weekend at home is internet purchases. Two words: stay away! Even the briefest bout of boredom during a stay at home weekend can draw out the Internet purchase temptation.
It’s easy to see how a weekend at home can be beneficial to your savings when you live paycheck-to-paycheck. It’s not always a desired situation, but can provide a respite to the seemingly continuous flow of money leaving your wallet or pocketbook to pay for entertainment and/or travel expenses. Regardless of whether you call it a savings bridge or cost avoidance, a weekend at home can help set your finances in better position for the next round of bills & expenditures. Now, on to my next cost-savings home task from my list; just where will it take me?!
I’m in the middle of a big season – gift season. Family birthdays, friend birthdays, weddings, Father’s Day, and more have been on my schedule for a while. I knew “they” were coming. I did my best to scrimp, save, and navigate cost effective ways to give good gifts without putting myself into a deeper hole than what is already provided by mortgage, utilities, car payment, and also hoping to eat a decent meal on a semi-regular basis. I am a gift giver, so I know that the easy response to more responsible gift giving is to give smaller gifts, or not give gifts at all. It’s just not my style. Over time, I’ve developed a strategy to giving gifts of any sort. Several steps can help anyone develop good practices in cost-efficient gift giving.
Set A Budget. This is always tough to do, but should be done for a variety of purchasing strategies, including gift giving. I always try to have it in my head how much I’m going to spend, so I don’t end up overspending. The tendencies for those that give gifts is to rationalize the extra money spent on what you originally budgeted as either worth it for the person receiving the gifts, or because of fatigue in buying the right gift. Set a budget and stick close to it. I give myself a $5 window from my planned amount.
Plan Ahead. The tendency is to rush the gift buying process, another factor that increases the spend amount for each gift. By planning ahead, you can research ads for the best price, as well as making use of different resources. For example, my friends and I don’t mind giving or receiving used music discs. Used discs cut down on the cost, but don’t mean any less as a gift. Also, by planning ahead, you can make use of the Internet, which can also save you money.
Gift Wrap. Gift wrap can be just as expensive as the gift itself! I’ve solved this problem over the years by using the comics section of the newspaper. I know some may cringe, but really, what are you going to do with the paper a gift is in after it has served it’s purpose?! At first, some people questioned why I was using newspaper as gift wrap, but everyone got used to it. Now, when I give a gift wrapped in the comics section, people read the gift before they open it if they see something they like. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t wrap a wedding gift in newspaper, or send a child to a kid’s party with a gift wrapped in newspaper. I’m not about developing a complex in a kid’s mind! It’s all about using appropriate gift wrap for the occasion. But the comics section saves money on wrapping paper that will just end up in the garbage anyway. Plus, I feel it allows me to add a couple of extra dollars to the gift. Now, if you plan ahead, and you’re not fully sold on using the comics section, you might be able to reduce your wrapping paper costs by picking it up at the local dollar store instead of the box discount chains.
These are just a few ideas on how to save money, or economize the gift giving process. By sticking to a budget, planning ahead, and using a creative gift wrapping initiative, it is easy to give quality gifts without emptying your wallet or purse. And, no one is going to care what the gift was wrapped in five minutes after they open it. Remember it’s the thought that counts.
One of my favorite past times, along with my friends, is to head to a concert venue to see any of our wide variety of music interests. Whether it’s hard rock, country, jazz, classical, pop rock, folk, blues, or heavy metal head bangin’, you’re likely to fund us at a local show. Of course, most of those concerts aren’t free. And, in a tight economy, there are times that we skip a show or three because timing, cost, or venue. For example, there is an upcoming show at a baseball stadium that we’ve deemed too expensive to attend. In essence, we determined it would be cheaper to buy the blue ray disc of the performance, the blue ray disc player, AND travel three states away to watch the show with one of our friends than it would be to buy ONE ticket for the concert, let alone three tickets! One thing, though, that we try to do for the shows we will definitely be attending is to find the best deal we can on tickets. Finding deals on concert tickets through authorized agencies can cut costs and create a savings opportunity.
There are a number of avenues you can take to find savings on tickets to see your favorite band or performers in concert. First, look for area discounts from sponsors. Some concert series are sponsored by a store or chain of stores in your hometown. One recent offer was for $10 off per ticket. Another source of discounts is a membership concert hall. Although there can be an annual fee involved, the savings may outweigh the cost. Or, by subscribing to the concert hall’s newsletter, you will get advanced opportunities to save. Third party ticket agencies are another source to buy tickets. However, you will need to determine if the agency is offering savings. Prices through ticket agencies depend largely on demand for the event, and ticket availability. Odds are you probably will not realize a savings on major events, but if you’re concerned with savings, it’s worth a try.
Concert venues may offer additional savings without venue or newsletter membership. Smaller venues offer a discount on tickets bought in advance. This discount is normally $3 – $5 for buying tickets prior to the day of the concert. If the concert venue is smaller, you may be able to avoid fees altogether by calling the venue itself. Just recently, I managed to get tickets at a cheaper cost by calling and talking to someone at the venue. The employee of the hall ran my charge card by phone, which avoided all of the fees. Another cool trick is to have your tickets waiting at the Will Call window. Utilizing Will Call can save you on processing fees associated with having the tickets mailed to your home, or emailed to your email address. Believe it or not, be aware that there may be a charge for having the tickets sent to you in the virtual world! This information is generally explained when selecting the method of delivery for your tickets. Charges vary pending on the method choice, time element, venue, and agency.
Even when you are attending a concert or performance, you may still find additional savings opportunities. Some venues offer ticket upgrades the day of the show. Although you will be spending money, you may find that the upgrade offer is still less than the seats would have cost if you bought them online prior to the show. Also at the show, be on the lookout for offers on upcoming events. Realizing from an economic standpoint that it’s better to have people in the seats, stands, or on the lawn, venues offer discounted tickets for upcoming events during shows.
Ticket prices for concerts & performances, just like everything else, seem to be going up all the time. Finding discounts on shows can be challenging. But if you look hard enough, and pay attention to purchasing deadlines, you should be able to scalp anywhere from a few dollars to a solid percentage off the regular ticket prices. When the curtain goes up and the music begins, you’ll be able to raise your beverage of choice knowing you saved a few dollars for other opportunities. And remember, when you attend the show, be aware of offers being advertised for upcoming events you are interested in attending. You may just find by attending one event, you’ll be able to turn up the volume & stage lights on another show!