Garden Beats (and every other festival) on a budget

Weekends in Singapore never seem to be a dull affair with our weekends constantly being packed with art events and now the upcoming picnic/music festival which is Gardens Beat.

Garden Beats
Photo Credit: Garden Beats

However as all outdoor music festivals go, it can be mind racking to stick to a financial plan especially with all the additional spending leading up to the event from outfit shopping to food hoarding.

If you’re in a similar boat, then here’s a look at some savvy tips to surviving Garden Beats and every other upcoming festival.

Opt for early bird tickets

  • Truth be told, the saying that the early bird always gets the worm is a matter of fact apt even in these conditions. If you and your friends have planned to check out a couple of music festivals, plan your ticket purchases way in advance to save more money. For instance, for Garden Beats, you will end up paying SGD125 instead of SGD85 when you buy last minute tickets at the door. Imagine how many meals and MRT rides you can get out of that!

A brand new festival OOTD at a discount

  • Shopping for new outfits can seem costly but opting to check out flea markets, discount thrift stores and more options listed in Cuponation Singapore’s guide can put your mind at ease.

Groceries in bulk

  • Picnic festivals are incomplete without an actual picnic. Instead of buying meals from restaurants and paying additional taxes just to be packed for the picnic, consider preparing your own meals. Buying groceries in bulk at grocers like Giant can cut your costs more.

 Do it Yourself Meal Prepping

  • Maximize your savings by preparing easy to make picnic recipes like the ones listed here in Buzzfeed which will definitely make for a fun packed and delicious, picnic session with friends.

Bring your own water bottle

  • Dehydration is a common problem when you’re out and about. Instead of spending SGD5 on mineral water, pack a water bottle which you can easily refill at water stops and still stay hydrated throughout the whole festival.

Written by MaryAnn Toh

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