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Longitude 2019: Top tips for sticking to your festival budget

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 25/06/2019 John Patrick Kierans & Ellen Fitzpatrick
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For anyone who's ever been to a festival you know how hard it can be to stick to a budget, and Longitude is no different.

A weekend of music can be expensive and it's always advised to plan out how much you want to spend, but many don’t know where to begin.

With Longitude taking place from July 5 to 7, here's a few tips that might help you out:

Make a list and ask your friends

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Fans pictured at Longitude Festival, Marlay Park, Dublin © Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Fans pictured at Longitude Festival, Marlay Park, Dublin

The first thing you should do before heading off to Longitude this July is to make a list of what you need to bring.

Festivals can get expensive so it's recommended to bring a set amount of money that you think will last you each day.

Ask people who have been before how much money they spent and you can get a rough idea for how much you think works for you.

Cash tends to be a quicker and easier option when paying at bars but can easily be lost, stolen and harder to track what you spend, so it may also be wiser to bring a card.

If you decide to bring cash, a could tip is to keep some emergency money in your sock in case your wallet or bag gets goes missing.

There are so many ways to make a festival cheap and easy to spend very little.

Don't bring a really expensive phone

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If you can, bring an old phone rather than your everyday one. That way if it gets lost it won’t set you back a lot.

You might lose out on a few nice Insta pics but at least you won't be potentially losing the guts of a €1,000.

Check for discounts

Look online before the festival to see if there are any discounts available on site and use these as much as you can, you’ll thank yourself by Sunday.

Be clever with what you wear

a person standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Holly Carpenter at Three's #MadeByMusic base at Longitude. © Brian McEvoy Holly Carpenter at Three's #MadeByMusic base at Longitude.  

Thankfully Longitude is a non-camping festival, so you don't need to worry about buying camping gear, pillows or sleeping bags.

With that said, there’s no need to buy a new wardrobe for the three days - mix and match clothes you already have to make funky new looks for the festival.

General tips

a woman standing in a field: Music fan Helen O'Connell, Cork at the Longitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin © Arthur Carron/Collins Music fan Helen O'Connell, Cork at the Longitude festival at Marlay Park, Dublin

When you get to the festival look around for free services like charging stations and water fountains so you don’t have to spend unnecessary amounts.

No alcohol is allowed within the Longitude site so don’t over buy drink for pres, buy enough to last before it starts and be realistic about how much you will consume.

You'll be able to buy drinks inside, but make sure you set out a limit for how much you want to have and try your best to stick to it.

Either book travel in advance or carpool with friends.

The Luas Green Line can bring you to nearby Dundrum, which is then only a few euro in a taxi away from Marlay Park.

Plan out your budget each day and set aside an emergency fund, by having a set spending amount you can stop yourself from buying things you don’t need and the emergency fund is great to have as a backup in case you do.

And with that said, take care of your money and keep it by your side at all times.

Bum bags and zippy pockets keep money secure and less likely to get robbed.

And finally, make sure you have a wonderful time!

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