Going for gold – without the Olympic expense

Going for gold – without the Olympic expense
22 July 2012

THERE are just five days to go before the London 2012 Olympic Games gets underway. Whether you’ll be cheering for your teams live from London or from the comfort of your own home, you don’t want to end up spending your weight in Olympic gold medals.

London has been planning – and budgeting – for the Olympic Games since it was selected as the host city in July 2005, so take a leaf out of London’s book and plan your Olympic expenses as soon as possible.

cashy has several tips to help you enjoy the Olympic Games without breaking the bank…

GOING TO LONDON

Travel

Book travel tickets online to save you time and money. There are still some good deals to be found online if you shop around.

There are also great savings to be had on travel once you get to London too, so do some research before you get there to find out the best tickets and time to travel. For those of you travelling with your family, look at booking a family ticket for an extra saving.

There are lots of ways to travel in and around London. The cheapest and most enjoyable – weather permitting – ways to get about are on foot or by bicycle, ensuring you do not miss any of London’s remarkable views as you move around the city. And, with plenty of walking and cycling routes linking different parts of London to the Olympic Park, you will be able to find your way around easily.

If you opt to drive to the Games remember you will have to pay a congestion charge of around AED 60 (£10) per day, so you will need to work that into your budget as well.

Food

You will be unable to take your own food and drink into the Olympic stadium, so start the day with a hearty breakfast or pack a picnic to enjoy on the way. Prices will be fairly high inside the Olympic stadium and these costs will all add up, so make sure you allow for that, especially if you are travelling with your family.

For those of you who have not got tickets, but are planning some time in London to soak up the atmosphere, a good idea is to pack a picnic and head to one of London’s many beautiful parks to watch the Games on the large screen.

Free events

Look out for the free Olympic events too, as there are several taking place on the streets of London that won’t cost you a penny to see, such as the marathons and cycling road races.

There is a lot more going on besides around the city, making it the perfect place to spend a leisurely few days (or longer) even if you do not have a coveted ticket.

STAYING AT HOME

Why not throw an Olympic themed party to get in the spirit? The Olympic Games is a great opportunity to get all your friends and family together.

To keep the party costs down, ask each person to bring a different dish – perhaps your guests could bring a foodie treat that represents a country participating in the Games.

Check out deals and discounts – in local supermarkets and restaurants – to ensure you keep a lid on your spending.

Lots of local venues will be showing the Games, so make sure you head down to a venue with deals and discounts on food and drink to make the most of your Olympics experience without spending a fortune.

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