If you’ve been sucked into the colorful world of K-pop just as I have, seeing your faves perform live is probably on the top of your bucket list. Sadly, concert tickets don’t come cheap, and before you know it, tour dates and ticket selling announcements start flooding your TL, and you’re stuck staring at an empty wallet yet again.
Ready to start changing your status from #TeamBahay to #TeamConcert? Here are some ipon habits I picked up throughout my fangirl years that might help the first-timers out.
Do your research.
If you’re saving up to see a specific K-pop group, it’s best to do a background check on their shows first. Have they performed here before? How long has it been since their last tour? Any news of possible concerts? Check K-pop Twitter for possible updates, and also look up usual concert rates of previous K-pop shows. By looking at existing patterns, you can get a sense of when your fave group might come for a concert and their possible ticket prices, which will guide your whole game plan for saving up. (Note: If you live outside Manila, don’t forget to look into the price ranges of your choice of transpo, too.)
Set some goals.
Now that you have a good estimate of how much you’ll be spending, it’s time to get technical. Set a specific amount to save up for plus a personal deadline (based on your research), then compute how much you’ll have to set aside per day/week/month in order to reach your target. Make sure you take into consideration your fixed daily expenses when deciding how much you’ll be able to set aside.
Although it may be tempting to skip meals in order to save all your baon for the day, no concert is worth sacrificing your health for (and I’m sure your favorite K-pop idols will agree). Instead, you can try cutting down on some of your secondary expenses like weekly milk tea/iced coffee runs and online shopping.
Refrain from other splurges.
For those who make it a point to buy every piece of merchandise their favorite group releases, you may want to start transferring your merch money to your concert savings pile for now. That extra thousand pesos you were going to spend on your fave’s new album could buy you a better seat at the concert venue. This tip also applies to non K-pop purchases. Maybe you were eyeing a cute pair of expensive sneakers or some new art supplies.
Remember to weigh everything out and reflect on which things you’d like to have now and which ones can wait in the meantime. You may also want to steer clear of situations where you’ll end up impulse buying and falling into the trap of discounts.
Store savings separately.
Whether it’s a piggybank or an ATM account, it’s important to have a secure place to store all the money you’ve saved up so far. Never mix them up with the money you use on a daily basis, or you might end up spending them, too.
When I was saving up for my first concert, I used a recycled Nutella jar which I decorated and labelled a “Mansae Jar” (after a song of my fave group), and it always motivated me whenever I saw the money inside growing gradually. From then on, that was the jar I used every time I was saving up for a concert. It helps to store your money in a way that shows your progress and motivates you to keep going, so find a convenient yet encouraging system that works for you.
Find ways to earn extra on the side.
Sometimes you’ll need a bit more than your school allowance to reach your goal amount, especially when you’re racing against a deadline in the form of a ticket-selling date. If you’re creative enough, there are plenty of ways you can get that extra cash you need. You can start by looking around your house for things you can sell, like cute clothes that you no longer use or old college textbooks that other students may need.
Think about your resources and what you’re skilled at, then see if you can earn an income out of it. If you’re into art, maybe you can start accepting commissions or designing merch like stickers and tote bags. Food is a great money-generator, too, if you’re someone who cooks or bakes. Even services ranging from makeup to piso printing are possible options. If not, you can look into part-time jobs near you, such as those in your school offices.
With the help of these tips plus some hard work, consistency and optimism, you’ll definitely be one step closer to checking that concert goal off your bucket list. Good luck securing your ticket! Fighting!