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When I was first going to concerts, “How to Make Money Fast” was a regular topic for my search engine. And after years and years of signing up for useless sponsored websites and getting scammed out of the little money I had, I eventually found some ways to pay for my regular hobby. Concerts are a privilege and it’s evident when you’ve barely got the money to pay for it.
The first thing you need to do to prepare for any concert is to have money. If you’ve got a decent paying job and can shell out the amount you need, then great! You’ve already got the advantage in this. If you’re copping a feel with your couch cushions trying to find that extra fifty cents you think you hid somewhere, then you might have to do a little extra work trying to come up with the cash. You need to get the tickets, you need to have gas or public transportation money so you can get around, you need extra money for merch, you need money for food… there’s a lot to think about!
There are tons of ways you can come up with money if you don’t have it. The possibilities are endless, but sometimes it’s still hard to save money. Trust me, I know. If you’re young and jobless you have almost no other choice than to rely on your parent or guardian, and if you’re an adult then you most likely have other priorities to take care of before you even think about spending any extra money.
Drive for Uber or Lyft
Being a personal taxi driver is one of the easiest things you can do to earn some quick money. While this is limited to people that have licenses, it’s still very useful. There are tons of taxi services you can sign up for as an independent contractor, and if you decide to drive around in the middle of a busy city, you’ll have little to no issues making that extra dollar. If you work under them and encourage the lovely people you’re driving around to tip you, you’ll be front row at [insert favorite artist]’s show throwing your money right at their feet in no time.
The Five Percent Rule
It's exactly how it sounds. Save five percent of whatever amount of money you get every single time you get money. It sounds tedious, but I promise you that it's the easiest thing in the world. And I'm saying this as a person who can barely pass algebra.
Saving five percent ensures that even if you decide to go on a shopping spree, need to have your bills paid, or spend money on your dog, you'll always have a little bit saved up. In order to calculate how much money you need to save, just use this equation: x*0.05, x being the amount of money you have.
Pawn and Sell Online
Another straightforward way to earn money is simply pawning. Get something you don’t exactly need anymore, pawn it off to your nearest pawn shop, and boom. Instant cash when you need it without much effort at all. There isn't much a pawn shop won't take, and you most likely have one five minutes down the street from wherever you're living. Go ahead and make use of it! There will be some places that are very picky about what you sell you, and I must warn that if you're looking to get hundreds of dollars, then I'm sorry to disappoint you.
If you have things you don't need or want anymore and it's just sitting on a shelf collecting dust, you should probably think about selling it, especially if you want quick money. We're the generation that utilizes social media the most out of any other generation (as we get told every day, each time we're spotted using our phones).
Twitter is probably your best, and fastest chance. Not only are you able to reach your friends immediately, but you can reach a wider audience in a short amount of time with just asking people to retweet. All you need to do is make a tweet telling people what you're selling, include pictures, and the price. Are you willing to negotiate prices? Add that, too. The more info, the better.
Sometimes, especially if your item is fandom related, you can mention popular accounts and ask them to retweet it so you get more coverage.
Some other apps and websites you can use are depop, Etsy, Amazon, and Poshmark. All of them allow their users to sell handmade, vintage, or even previously sold items that you no longer want. If you're good at using those apps already, you're ahead of the game.
Here's a list of apps that are good for selling things in good condition: eBay, Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Carousell, Depop, Let Go, Offer Up, Vinted, Depop, Boxes, Wallapop, VarageSale, Blinker, Trove, and Cashify.
Borrowing is the easiest way you can make money fast for a concert. That one is a given. It doesn’t necessarily have to be from your parent or guardian, but make sure that when you ask them that it’s not a ridiculous amount. Asking for twenty dollars to see an indie artist is going to be a lot more negotiable and acceptable than asking for thousand-dollar VIP tickets to see Beyonce.
If you can pay the borrowed money back, then do that. It’s a way you show that you’re grateful for the person giving you the extra money they probably needed for something else, and it may keep you on their good side for when you could need concert money in the future.
No Impulse Buying
This is one thing I need to work on myself.
No. Impulse. Buying.
I know it may be tempting to get that candy bar at the checkout lane, or that seasonal product that only comes once every year, but do you really need it or are you just looking to spend some money while you're out? Ask yourself this and I guarantee you'll know the answer without having to be told. You're trying to save up money so you can have enough to enjoy the concert you're looking forward to, so that limited time only pumpkin spice latte can wait.
Basically, try to Marie Kondo your decision-making skills when it comes to spending. And to stand with you, dear reader, I will put back the gummy bears I just picked up. I'll be back, dear cherry bear.
Couponing helps you save money so much more than you probably think. Coupons, vouchers, waivers, it's all the same thing. Luckily for you, coupons can be found almost everywhere. I know when one of my friends started extreme couponing, she would go to the grocery store for her family of five and end up only spending $20. Yeah. Impressive, I know.
Coupons come in handy for almost every situation. Their main goal is to get you to buy a certain product at a reduced price, and that's how companies make their money while also keeping customers new and old happy. Think of it as useful thank you note.
How do you start? Start with whatever you're reading this on. There are plenty of apps in Google Play or the Apple Store that help you keep up with savings, but the one I love to use the most is Honey. It's an app you can download to your phone or internet browser and it automatically looks for the best available coupons that can apply to wherever you're shopping online. Once you're checking out, just go to Honey and it'll search for a hidden coupon code for you. It comes in handy whenever I'm shopping for clothes online.
If you'd rather go the less digital route, look at the receipt of any store you've recently gone to. McDonald's offers free or discounted food on your next order just for taking their online survey. Retail stores usually have coupons attached to either the bottom or the back of their receipts to encourage customers to shop there again. Take advantage of them! You never know if the $5 you spend on a coffee without a coupon could have been used towards parking for a venue (or an Australian mule at the airport since your flight is delayed).
Considering the context, I'm sure this one is weird. As I said in my YouTube video, 12 Legit Ways to Save Money for a Concert, drinking water—and only water—helps you a lot more than you may think. Think about it. If you're a working person that's on the move all the time, how much do you spend on a vending machine? How much do you spend getting a soda when you could have carried a water bottle with you and refilled it for free at the water fountain? How much sugar do you take in while your money is practically flying out of your pocket? It's something a lot of us don't consciously think about, and therein lies the issue.
So as a suggestion, try drinking only water while you can. Maybe you could invest in a 32-ounce water bottle and keep that filled up throughout the day. It's a passive way for you to save money, but it's worth how much you'll have in the end.
This also applies to when you're actually in the venue. Make sure to check with the venue staff themselves beforehand, but most venues allow empty 16-ounce water bottles inside, and it has to be unopened. As someone who has worked as venue security, I can tell you you'll most likely be allowed to let it in.
Cancel Monthly Subscriptions
Let me tell you guys something. Up until recently, I had no clue how much money I was putting into monthly subscriptions. I paid for things like Spotify ($10), Patreon ($5), YouTube artist perks ($5), and Tinder ($14). Those four things alone cost me a little over $30. Every month. And I've been subscribed to all of those for almost three years now, and my Patreon used to be $10. That's a lot of money!
If you can, try going without some subscriptions for a little while. If a friend of yours has the same interests and subscriptions, try getting content from them privately. If it's something that can wait and won't affect you if you go without it for too long, what's a few weeks going to do? You'll end up saving loads of money in the process. Brb, gonna halt my Tinder right now.
No, not literally sitting on your butt all day (although that's technically the depression way to save money). I mean things like babysitting.
Babysitting is the age-old, traditional way to earn quick money. Not only is it inclusive to teenagers that are old enough to watch their younger siblings alone but not old enough for a job, it can also include house sitting and pet sitting. Lemme break it down for you:
- Babysitting entails watching children, usually kids under the age of 15, and making sure they aren't doing unfathomable things like staying up past their bedtime and using the couch as a trampoline. Out of the three categories, this one is probably the most challenging because of the different temperaments of different kids. At least with pets, you don't have to have full conversations with them and they end up doing what you say anyway. Toddlers with vocal chords are a whole different story. If you can, try reaching out to family friends or your teachers first, as they're more likely to give you a babysitting job if they already know you. Make sure to get detailed instructions on their regular eating and/or mediation schedule
- Pet sitting is basically the same thing as babysitting, but with pets. Nine times out of ten, people who need their pets watched are going out of town for a few days and can't bring their fur babies with them. That's where you come in. Before they can even think about spending the money to put the fur babies in a kennel for however long, ask if you can take care of them. They're more likely to say yes than no.
- House sitting. Man, I love house sitting. With this option, you basically get paid to make sure no robbers get into a house while someone is away. Free lodging, free wifi, free food, free relaxation, and you get to at least pretend you live in a big mansion if the opportunity comes up. There's no downside to this one except that you might have to go through a few loops if you want to make a career out of it (which, you can actually do. Google it!). Out of these three options, I recommend this one the most.
"Wait a minute, she didn't mention this in her video."
Well, thank you for noticing. That's because I realized this tip was way easier, and way less of a gamble and more of a bargain. Thrift shopping has been a thing and will continue to be a thing as long as they exist. And I know some of you super boujee people are looking at this one with a scowl on your face because I suggested hand-me-down shopping, but trust me on this one.
I have a wardrobe that's 90 percent thrifted clothes, and some of them are rare finds. Instead of buying from retail at full price, try going to your local thrift store. You save more money by buying cheaper items, and sometimes you even score vintage items! Whenever I'm looking for a new outfit for a concert, I ALWAYS go to the thrift shop first. That way if you want to have more money for merch, you can still have enough to buy a new outfit and support your favorite artist. Try it!
Buy Generic Brands
I'm pretty sure everyone knows this obvious one, but buy generic, at least as far as grocery shopping goes. Places like Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS often have food items that are the original trademarked material along with knock-off brands that taste the same, but at a lower price. When I was a broke college student and still tried to find a way to eat and have money for concerts, I made sure I did this the most.
Many people will argue and say that they want the real thing, but unless we're talking about fruits and meats, it's always better to get knock off. It's something I didn't realize until I was an adult and had to start providing for myself. If you want, and as I said earlier, try asking a store clerk if there are any coupons you can use to save even more money. What's the worst that can happen?
And that concludes this piece! To wrap this up:
- Drive for Uber or Lyft: You earn a commission based on the number of people you drive around, and you can also make food deliveries with apps like UberEats, Postmates, and Grubhub.
- The five percent rule: Save five percent of your money every time you get paid
- Pawn and sell online: Make sure your items are eligible for pawning, and if you want to sell online, research which platforms you want to use so you get the most profit.
- Avoid impulse buying: That pack of gummy bears can wait, trust me.
- Couponing: Use coupons everywhere you go
- Drink water: A water bottle that you can refill for free all day vs. a vending company taking all your change. Choose your fighter.
- Cancel monthly subscriptions: Save passive income by momentarily cancelling monthly subscriptions such as Spotify, Patreon, magazines, and Youtube perks
- Sitting: Babysitting, house sitting, and pet sitting are traditional ways to earn more money
- Buy from thrift shops to buy cute but cheap clothing
- Buy generic brands for the same taste at a cheaper price.
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Thank you for visiting my venue, have fun, be safe, and I'll see you at the barricade.