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The Royal Adelaide Show on a Budget

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by Jessica Rudgley (subscribe)
I am undertaking a double degree in Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of International Relations while living in Adelaide's Northern Suburbs. I have enjoyed writing and telling others of great things to do in this amazing city!
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The Royal Adelaide Show is back again, and with all the fantastic things on offer its quite easy to spend a lot of money--mostly, on things you don't need or food.

There is a way to enjoy the show without burning a huge hole in your back pocket and its really easy to do.

The best thing to do is find a nice tin-- the bigger it is, the more you can put in it, and the more you'll want to fill it. Every time you get a bit of spare change, or your purse, wallet or back pocket gets too heavy with those pesky little silver (or sometimes gold) pieces, put them in the tin. It's best to do this over the course of the year, say, from the last show to the next. A few days before you go to the show (or earlier, depending on how organised you like to be) take the tin to a bank and change all the loose change for notes-- this is your show money.

Next, set yourself a budget. You can use the money you have been saving throughout the year, or you can just pick an amount to spend all at once that won't zero your bank balance. Now, the problem is sticking to it.

Before the day:
Pre-purchase your show ticket, it might only be a few dollars cheaper, but that's a few dollars more to spend on the day.


Collect the show magazines that come in the weekend papers - or look online. This will show you events that are on and when they are so you can plan your day. The magazines (and website) also have lists of show bags and what they contain.

Make a list of the show bags you like, based on what you'll use from them. Add up how much they're going to cost you and take that from your budget.

Whatever is left over you're free to spend on rides, food and other trinkets you might find.

On the day:
If you really want to save, bring your own drink bottle (there are plenty of water fountains to refill), make your own lunch and bring your own snacks. Take only the money you've decided to spend to the show, that way you won't be tempted to spend more than you can afford.

To save money, take your own lunch.

Then head to the Show Bag hall, buy your show bags and spend the rest of your money on all the goodies your heart desires. Just remember to leave enough to get home.
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Why? Save money at the Show
When: 6th September 2013 - 14th September 2013
Where: Royal Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville SA 5034
Cost: Adult: $22 Concession/Student: $18 Child (5 to 15 years): $14.50 Child (under 5 years): Free Family (2 Adults 2 Children or 1 Adult 3 Children): $57
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another hint for everyone is check out the RAA website - they have lots of cheaper tickets :)
by kpbar (score: 1|10) 2288 days ago
I remember as a child that if I wanted show bags or to go on rides I would need to save my pocket money. My parents wouldn't spend money on my stuff. I would budget that extremely closely. Thanks for the tips. Can't wait to go again this year.
by helen (score: 1|16) 2288 days ago
My kids love going to the show with me rather than their dad (my ex) I can do it very cheaply ! Do things like the yellow brick road , look at all the animals , visit the tasting hall look at things - that is what the show is all about !!
Then at the end I say ok you can have 1 ride and 1 show bag ! They don't mind at all ! Whereas their father will only take them to side show alley and the showbag hall ! Spend a heap of money then want to go ! They'd much prefer my way !
by robyn (score: 1|23) 2288 days ago
The last three years we have been to the adelaide show taking the 3 children, there are lots of free activities and the kids love looking at all the animals. This year we are a little more prepared with the children earning money so have a set spending budget and we will take our own packed lunch and drinks. With an ice cream treat , the childrens budget money and everything to look at I'm sure we'll have a wonderful day. Its great that you can take in yr own food and drink as many places don't allow that these days, and with children it can become quite costly.
by melzy (score: 0|5) 1552 days ago
Thanks for some useful tips Jessica - it true as Soupson suggests that there are cheaper country shows too. But it may not be news that children want to hear!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11275) 2288 days ago
Jessica not everyone has $200 to waste at the Royal Adelaide Show. I'm glad I don't take kids along any more. Going on what you have said a family of 4 could be up for $600-$800! Now that is excessive in anyone's language don't you think? Whatever happened to sample bags being free as they were during my childhood.
After some years absence I went to the Royal Adelaide Show during my first year of paid employment and I was shocked at the exorbitant price of everything. Nothing was free and the prices have just exploded since that time. Why not go to one of our delightful Country Shows? Much better deal.
by soupson (score: 2|133) 2289 days ago
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