The HH and I went with some friends to watch the Mariners play the Tigers last night. Because I am not a big fan of concession stands, I typically bring my own snacks while the HH gets a ballpark weenie and beer. I try not to worry about the $9 hot dog and $8 dollar beer, because for the HH it’s a guilty pleasure. Still, at the end of the night, if you aren’t careful, a night out at the ol’ ball field will leave you…well, broke.
- Bring your own treats/snacks. Check the field policy before you try to smuggle anything in. Safeco field allows outside food, so long as it is wrapped properly. And while you can’t bring in beverages, you can bring in an empty water bottle and fill it in the water fountain.
- See if all-you-can-eat seats are available. It adds money to the ticket price, but in the end, if you are planning on more than a hotdog and drink, it will pay for itself. More nachos? Yes, please.
- Eat before you go. Other than the tickets, food will be your highest cost. Eat right before you leave for the game so that you aren’t tempted by the roasted nuts and popcorn.
- Opt for middle of the week games. They are less expensive tickets…usually by a lot.
- If your state allows ticket re-sales, check out craigslist, etc., you might score on great tickets because someone else needs to unload them fast.
- Consider walking into the stadium from a pretty good distance. The closer you get to the stadium, the higher the cost of parking.
- Ask family/friends with season tickets if you can buy tickets for the games they can’t make off of them for a steal. Better yet, offer to water their lawn/garden, get their mail, etc. while they are gone in exchange for the tickents.
Are you a take me out to the ballgame kind of family? How do you keep costs low?