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Pride is the biggest date in the LGBTQIA+ calendar. A chance for us to celebrate and be celebrated and dream about a safer and more accepting future.
But all that celebrating can cost money and we don’t want to put ourselves in financial difficulty just the sake of one month of festivities, which is probably more like an afternoon.
Therefore, I have put together this list of ways that you can save money during Pride season, whilst still embracing all the fun.
Make your outfit rather than buy
One of the best bits about Pride is dressing up in bright colours and feeling awesome. But there is no need to rush out and buy a new outfit just for this reason.
Instead, take a look through your wardrobe and see what you can find. Maybe you could adapt last year’s outfit and make it into something new. Or perhaps you have something that you have worn at another time that you can use.
Look for free events
With the rise in popularity of Pride season, this had lead to more events taking part across the country. Many of these are free too.
You can celebrate Pride by attending free events rather than spending lots of money on paid-for activities. Most major cities have a Pride march and then you can spend the rest of the day celebrating with friends.
Search for cheap accommodation
If you are travelling for an event, then it is worth spending some time looking for cheap accommodation to keep your costs down.
Think about whether you could stay with friends or family as your first option. Failing that then look into an Airbnb and sharing a room with some friends.
It could be that it works out cheaper to get a two-bedroom apartment on Airbnb for the weekend and share it with a few friends, then to spend a couple of nights in a Travelodge.
Stay close to home
With more and more events popping up around the country, it is likely that there is no need for you to travel far to be able to get in on the festivities.
Search for events that are happening near you that you want to participate in. This will reduce your travel expenses and save you money on accommodation.
The best bit is that you will get to meet members of the LGBTQIA+ that live near you. There are new friendships and relationships just waiting to happen.
Take snacks and drinks
Rather than heading to a restaurant or bar after attending your local Pride parade, why not arrange to take some snacks and drinks with you and have an alfresco dining session?
You could arrange to meet with some friends, and each brings some different items for everyone to share. It is a great way to come together and continue the celebration.
What do you do to keep costs down during Pride?
Do you have any top tips for saving money? Do you make your own outfits? Comment below and let me know.
Disclaimer: Remember the information you read here does not represent advice. Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you. Read the full disclaimer here.