As the London 2012 Olympics get closer people have began to ask themselves how they can cut back on how much the games will cost them. We thought we would have a look at savings on offer during the seventeen days that London hosts the biggest sporting event in the world.
One way that you can make some great savings, if you are lucky enough to have tickets for an Olympic event is on accommodation. Not surprisingly, most hotels have increased their rates for the period of the games, when many of them will be charging several hundred pounds for a single night stay. A really cheap option, which will potentially save a large amount of money, is to look into some of the campsites around London. For the price of a tent (if you don’t already have one) and only around £10 per night in campsite fees, you can stay somewhere which is only a short train ride from London. Even when you factor in the transport costs, the accommodation savings will be huge compared to a stay in a hotel, especially if you are planning to be there for a few days. The only potential downside is the unpredictable summer weather. Even then, you might still think it is worth taking a risk with the weather to achieve these savings.
Another great way of keeping more money in your bank account is to check out what voucher and coupon code offers are available during the games. Many offers are now being made for eating out, hotels and other accommodation, rail tickets and other travel offers and offers for entrance to some of London’s attractions. If you want to combine the trip to the games with a chance to explore London, you should take advantage of as many of these as possible and make many valuable savings.
If you live in or near to London or any of the event locations that are outside the capital, another way of saving money on your own living costs during the games is to consider renting out your house or part of it. You will be able to achieve really good rental rates, depending on the size of the house. If you aren’t able to rent out your house, you still may be able to make some really good income by tenting out garage or parking space to visitors.
Although attending the Olympics is likely to cost you money, you can save on your costs or even add to your bank balance by using some of these ideas, making the games a real plus for you as well as for the UK.