Saving money at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

There's so much on at the Edinburgh Fringe festival that it's very easy to get carried away and spend a lot of money. So, we've put together some top tips for saving at the Fringe.

The Half price hut

Thousands of half price tickets are available every day at the Fringe, and your best way to secure some is at the Virgin Money Half price hub. You can get tickets for shows on the same day or the following morning. The hut is located at the mound precinct in the centre of Edinburgh, and it's the best place to pick up a bargain. You can check listings online but purchases must be made at the hut. Get there early to ensure you get the tickets you want!

Go on a weekday

The festival is often a lot busier at the weekends with people from neighbouring towns and cities flooding in to soak up the atmosphere. So, if you want to catch a bargain, a lot of performers sell discounted tickets on weekdays. Look out for the performers who sell 2 for 1 tickets on Mondays and Tuesdays as well.

Catch some street shows

You may be surprised at just how much entertainment you can catch for free on the street. You can stay entertained for hours by simply roaming the streets of Edinburgh without having to open your wallet once. The best places to catch some street performances are on the Royal Mile and Princes Street. Just prepare to be caught in some major foot traffic, as they tend to draw large crowds!

Royal Mile Stages

You can catch free performances all afternoon on the Royal mile where they often have stages set up for performers to plug their shows. It's also a great way to check out performers before you part with your hard earned cash to buy tickets to their shows.

Watch out for free shows

Every year at the show there are an abundance of free entertainment with comedy, theatre, spoken word, poetry and more. Check out PBH's Free Fringe for a programme or look out for people out on the streets passing out flyers.

Save money with a budget

You can use Money Dashboard's spend tracker to set up limits on categories of your spending such as festival show tickets and other entertainment expenditure. You can watch a video on how to use the spend tracker below. All you have to do is add your accounts then set up a spend tracker which will track any tags you add to the system which is free and secure and being used by 100,000 people and counting already! Find out more about Money Dashboard, the free UK personal finance planner here.

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