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The Fest ways to save money; 10 tips which will make your party season cash go further.

Byline: SIOBHAN O'CONNOR

FESTIVAL season is in full swing and your wallet is probably already feeling the pinch.

The mother of all parties Electric Picnic is coming up on the first weekend of September and you may be wondering how you'll manage to afford it.

Festival weekends can end up costing close to [euro]500 and if you plan on living it up a fancy yurt tent can set you back more than [euro]1,000.

But you can still have all the fun without breaking the bank.

Here's our top 10 money saving tips so you can have your festival cake and eat it.

1. Leave your bank card at home

If you set a daily cash budget and stick to it you can't go wrong.

Running out of money and dipping into your overdraft is par for the course at festivals but you can avoid this by leaving your card at home and wearing your cash close to your skin in a skinny money pouch or bum bag.

This way you won't lose your money or your reason to live by not blowing your budget on the first night.

2. Buy a cheap tent while they're on special

Lidl have just launched their festival must-haves and cheap pop-up tents will set you back [euro]25.99, while a four-person double roof tent is available for [euro]34.99.

3. Campfires are the craic

Most money can be saved on your food and drink if you're smart.

Check out a camping shop near you and you'll pick up a camp fire for less than [euro]20.

You can bring some cheap eats like sausages and bacon and make your own butties in the morning before heading to the arena.

4. Cereal bars for brekkie and ham sambos for lunch

A festival friendly snack, you can throw these into your bag and eat on the go.

You can buy a full pack of Sondey filled biscuits in Lidl for under [euro]2 or for just over [euro]2 get your ideal snack bars with nuts.

Pack a sliced pan, ham and cheese and you'll always have lunch on standby.

5. Dry shampoo saves on blowdrys

When are you going to get time to shower? You could opt for an overpriced blow dry if you had the spare cash but dry shampoo will keep your tresses looking grease free and get you over the three-day hump.

6. Raise money for Temple Street

Raise money for Temple Street Children's Hospital and get your hands on a sold-out EP ticket.

The first 100 people to donate or commit to fundraise [euro]500 for Temple Street before August 20 will be gifted a three-day free camping ticket to the festival.

7. Keep your eye out for freebies

From free bottles of juice on promotion to cycling to charge up your phone, free stuff is everywhere if you keep your eyes peeled. Don't pay for power when you can generate it yourself in the tents marked clearly, just get on your bike.

8. BYO

All festivals have strict restrictions on how much booze you can take in with you so check out the rules and regulations before you do your booze run. There's nothing worse than buying your alcohol in advance only to have it confiscated as you go through festival security.

You'll find it's fine to drink your cans on the camp grounds but bringing your own drink into the arena is not permitted.

9. Leave expensive clobber at home

Wearing your festival chic clothes is a waste of time when you invariably end up swimming in a mud bath.

Buy your essentials in cheap discount stores and leave your fashion hat at the door. That way you'll save a lot. A poncho, cheap wellies and sunscreen will get you through the weekend.

10. Don't buy an overpriced programme

You want the programme as memorabilia but if you're on a budget you always have your wristband as a keepsake.

To save cash plan the acts you want to see before you head to the festival and print out a copy of the line-up and map before you attend.

Or get up to speed for free by downloading the official festival app.

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