Attention football fans: money-saving tips for traveling to NFL games
No matter how comfortable your recliner or how flat your flatscreen, you just can’t get the full experience of the NFL unless you’re at a game in person.
But football tickets can be pricey. In fact, CBSSports.com reported the Bengals-Bears game in week 1 cost $120 per ticket — for the cheapest seat.
Here are some tips to help you save money at an NFL game.
1. Shop around for tickets, and be creative.
Check Craigslist for a season-ticket holders who are selling their ticket to a game they can’t make. Post an ad there, too, naming your ideal price. Consider posting a barter ad, too. You never know if someone will be willing to trade their tickets for some yard work, dog-walking or handiwork.
Also check websites like StubHub, Ticketmaster and the ticket exchange on NFL.com.
2. Be friendly to people at the tailgate and you might score some free food.
This tip comes courtesy of the blogger, Dontgetlazy.blogspot.com. This blog recommends chumming up to people in fan trucks and party buses, and you might even end up with ribs, steak and lobster. That’s how some hardcore fans roll.
3. Use coupons and Cash Back for your airfare or travel needs.
Need a hotel room? Renting a car? Buying airline tickets? Don’t make the mistake of paying full price. Find a wide range of travel coupons here. The Days Inn has a special on Sundays: get a room for $69.99 (for up to two people) on Sunday (through Thursday, in case you feel like staying to celebrate the win). Buy through ShopAtHome.com and get 2.5 percent Cash Back, in addition to the already low price.
Read more stories about Days Inn here.
4. If you are driving, leave early. Way early.
If you think you are leaving early, leave earlier. This will help you find the best and cheapest parking spots. Consider parking in a free lot near public transportation and taking the bus. Sometimes it can be cheaper to hail a taxi to the stadium than pay for parking. Or pack a bike and avoid parking altogether.
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