ABC News’ Paula Faris reports:
Do you think there’s any way that you can get to an NFL game without spending a lot of money?
ABC News’ “Real Money” went to Dallas to show the Harmon family that you don’t need a budget the size of Texas to get your family into the football game.
Adina and Butch Harmon are lifelong fans of their beloved Cowboys.
While they’d like to go to a game – and even bring along their grandchildren Erica and Caleb – they know that the estimated $700 price tag would put their budget in the red zone.
“We just started a business,” Adina Harmon said. “Every penny counts. And when we go out there, we think, well, parking. We think about food. We think about drinks. We think about a T shirt. … It adds up quick.”
“Real Money” brought along Will Flaherty from the online ticket search engine SeatGeak.com to help the Harmon family get to the game for a fraction of the anticipated cost.
He shared the following tips:
Tip #1: Buy your tickets close to the game day on sites like SeatGeek.com for big savings. Sooner is not always better when you’re buying tickets.
“You want to buy close to the event,” Flaherty said. ”We recommend waiting until about three days before the game. The tickets, like a loaf of bread or gallon of milk, has an expiration date, and the expiration date is the time of the game.”
Tip #2: Buy your parking online and in advance on sites like ParkWhiz.com and save as much as 70 percent. We found a $10 parking pass.
Tip #3: If your stadium allows you to bring in your own snacks, do it. Make sure you call your stadium’s ticket office or security, though, to determine what you can bring to the game.
Using these tips, three days before the Cowboys game the Harmons were able to score four great seats for just $143 total – $35 per person – a savings of $557.