As much fun as going to the Ekka is, it can leave a gaping whole in your wallet, but there are some things you can do to ease the strain....
- Take your own lunch & snacks - this is repeated in pretty much every savings strategy and for good reason. It can cost a small fortune to purchase meals and snacks, not to mention the wait in line to order your meals. If you are planning on getting there early and staying for the fireworks, all that walking around, and burning up energy can make you hungry. Soften the financial blow by taking your own food, and you can still allow yourself the traditional Ekka treats.
- Catch public transport. Once you add up the cost of driving and parking, catching a bus or train can be a better option. Not to mention the stress and frustration you can reduce by avoiding city traffic.
- Car pooling may be an option as you can share the costs.
- Set a spending limit and stick to it. Be reasonable but don't overdo it.
- Start saving early. Much like a holiday, if you know you will be going to the Ekka, start putting away some money weekly or fortnightly. Save it in a place or bank account that is not easily accessible so when Ekka arrives you have a nice little pot of money and it's not such a large expense at once.
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