As the temperature begins to drop and the leaves begin to change, we are lucky to live in a beautiful area with many local options for fall festivities. That said, the pressure to experience fall in all of its glory can be daunting. The price tags for football game tickets, pumpkin patches, halloween parties, and a wide variety of local events can quickly add up, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. The team at Speedy Loans is here to help you make smart financial decisions so that you can experience all that the fall season has to offer, while also maintaining a reasonable budget.

Here are a few quick tips to spend less during the beginning of the holiday season:

1: Look for free or low-cost events in your area.
There are various cheap or low-cost options for events in the Fort Smith area. From trivia to bowling to art exhibitions, there is much to see and do, all without breaking the bank.

2: Visit community centers and local libraries for free activities.
Many people forget about the wide range of events that come with having a public library or community center in your area. Use the fall season to attend a new event, whether it be a free community concert or yoga in the park. With the fall weather, now is the time to get outdoors and try something new!

3: Stay plugged-in on social media to be connected with discounts and deals for local businesses and events.
Social media is a great way to stay up-to-date with what’s going on around you. More than that, though, following the social media accounts of local businesses can help you find discounts and stay knowledgeable about deals that occur during the holiday season.

4: Take advantage of early bird and group discounts when purchasing tickets to events.
When you attend events with a group, it significantly cuts the cost as there are more people to split the expenses with. Many venues also offer discounts when you book a certain number of tickets together. It’s also just more fun to go with a big group, whether it be to a bar crawl or open mic night!

5: Pack your own snacks or drinks – don’t pay for expensive concession prices!
If you plan on heading to the state fair, a football game, or something of the like, plan ahead! You can avoid over priced concessions by either eating beforehand or packing your own food and drinks. This is a simple way to keep the costs of a night out contained.

6: Find an opportunity to volunteer at an event in exchange for free admission.
Not only is volunteering a nice gesture for the community and a valuable contribution, it is also a smart way to gain free admission into an event you may want to attend.

Speedy Loans wants you to get the most out of each season of life. If you fear you might be missing out on all that your community has to offer due to financial concerns, contact us now to learn about how to apply for a loan.