Saving on Sports Spectating

By: Vincent Mortensen

Many of us are a fan of one or more sports.  Personally, I’m a fan of the Denver Broncos, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Utah Jazz, and our mighty Utes football team.  Unfortunately, attending sports events can get a little costly.  Below are a few tips to still enjoy your teams while not destroying your finances:

Check out charity events and “Champion” Tours – These events are usually much cheaper.  Most of these tournament players (ex: in golf) receive most of their revenue from corporate sponsors, thus making the ticket price lower than average.  Jump on this if you have the opportunity.


Support your Utah Grizzlies for half the cost of a major league team!

Watch minor league teams – The NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS….and the list of professional sports organizations goes on…..get plenty of exposure.  Because of this, they are able to charge higher prices for tickets.  Why not check out a minor league team?  Here in Utah, we have the Salt Lake Bees for baseball and the Utah Grizzlies for hockey.  Check ‘em out!

Go to training camp or pre-season workouts – These are a favorite among “Superfans”.  Not only is it free 95% of the time, you will get an up close and personal view of your favorite players.  It’s a win-win situation in my book.

Share a season ticket with a friend – My brother has done this in the past with his very good friend and really enjoyed the benefits.  He got to see half of the Utah Jazz games in person while not overdoing his budget.  Look into this if you can’t stay away from seeing your team live.

Major league sports can get pricey, but there are ways to find cheaper alternatives if you try enough.  Now get out there and support your team!


Enjoy Fall Break Without Breaking the Bank

By: Vincent Mortensen

Fall Break is almost here! From October 12th to the 19th, you are free to take a breather from classes and all that studying. We’ll all want to take a load off, but some will want to take a load off in a different place. Why not? We love vacationing but we also hate spending the high prices attached to it. Take some of these tips into consideration if you decide to travel during your break:

1. Take a re-positioning cruise – When cruise liners need to relocate their ships from one area of the world to another, they hate losing money. They fix this situation by offering much lower rates for a one-way cruise for passengers to their new destination. You will have the same great experience at a lower price. Make sure the flight home doesn’t blow your budget, though.

2. Use specialized websites – The vacation market has become very competitive to the psimpsons-vacationoint companies such as Kayak or Trivago will pull all major travel prices and put them on one website to compare. Not only does this save money, it will save time as well.

3. Think home, not hotel – Believe it or not, websites like or gives you the opportunity to swap your living space with another traveler. You will live at their house and they will live at yours during the period. This slashes expensive hotel costs and gives you a more local feel of the area.

4. Travel in the off-season if possible – Tourist areas like to entice people to come during the off-season by offering better vacation packages. On top of that, these areas are usually much less crowded than the peak seasons. You’ll be able to do more with the same allotted time. Mid-October counts as the off season so you’re in luck.

Always make sure to search websites for any other tips I haven’t mentioned here. The vacation world is loaded with great deals if you take the time to get out there and find them!

Summertime Camping!



Hello everyone! 

Summer is one of the greatest times to go camping. Great weather, yummy fatty food, relaxing fishing, and great company is what makes camping an all-time favorite. Sure, traveling to Paris or Hawaii may sound like the ideal vacation, but not all of us have the funds to do so…especially if you are like me, a poor college student. Camping is a great option if you still want that summertime vacation without all those pricey costs.

There are tons of great FREE campsites out there and even if they aren’t free, 20 bucks a night is quite a bit better than $300 a night at a 5 star hotel.

– Log on to and you can search where tons of free campgrounds are!

– Another great site that I use is You can search for campgrounds in your area and book them right online. Also, if online booking isn’t an option, they will provide an email or phone number for you.

– If you live in the great state of Utah, like me, I would suggest you check out They offer every campground in Utah as well as local restaurants, events, and packages.

-As far as gear goes, you don’t need to buy top of the line equipment. Check your local Goodwill or try sites such as and!

-Another great way to save on money is to camp with friends. The more people that go could save you more money. Most campgrounds offer a group rate, which is less money per person as opposed to a single site. If you do happen to go with a large group, have assignments for dinner. Such as, family number one will cook dinner for everyone the first night and family number two will cook dinner for everyone the second night. This way you can take a break from cooking every meal and it won’t cost as much!

-Try and bring most all supplies you will need before you get to the campground. Most camping sites boost up their prices on everything! Try and plan out everything you will need so you won’t get stuck paying $6.00 for a gallon of milk. Here is a free checklist that you can print out and fill in what you need! Camping Checklist





World Cup Partying on the Cheap

By: Vincent Mortensen

It’s that time again:  32 countries face off to see who the greatest soccer country in the world is.  The 2014 World Cup has the United States pitted against one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

There will be at least three opportunities to watch our boys, by why watch it alone?  Here are some great tips how to throw a party on the cheap.

  1.  Skip the masses and stay home – Not only is your home and personal television a much cheaper alternative than going to a sports bar to watch, it’s also more cozy and comfortable for your selected guests.  Food costs will also be lower if you decide to entertain from home.Image
  2. Have everyone bring a dish – Instead of slaving over the stove for hours preparing all the food, have your guests bring a small dish.  Better yet, have them find a foreign recipe from one of the 32 countries participating.  You may find you love foods you’ve never even heard of.  If your guests are busy and don’t have time to make a dish, collect money and order pizza.
  3. Don’t Ditch the Dollar Store Décor – If you are the type who enjoys decorating the home for your World Cup party, don’t snub the dollar store.  Numerous decorations can be found there at low prices.  While you are there, you can pick up a few gifts for the games you will be playing (next tip).
  4. Play a game within the game – Watching the United States take on some great teams will be quite exciting, but enhance the excitement by playing a free game within the game.  Below is a link that has simple, yet fun games.—celebration-recipes/super-bowl-recipes/score-points-with-these-super-bowl-party-games
  5. Make sure your guests have a good time – While this may not sound like a way to save money, your friends will have a lot more fun at your World Cup party if everyone is having fun vs. going to a sports bar and watching it with hundreds of people they don’t know.  If you make sure they have a great experience,  it will create lasting memories.

The United States may not have the best soccer team in the world, but you and your friends can still have a great time watching them.  Just remember:  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time.  Friendship is priceless.

2014 World Cup:  United States Schedule
June 16:  USA vs. Ghana (4pm mountain time)  
June 22:  USA vs. Portugal (4pm mountain time)

June 26:  USA vs. Germany (10 am mountain time)

Fun Activities On A Budget!


Hello all you bloggers, this is Megan here. Want to do something that is fun and exciting, but don’t want to spend a ton of money? I will give you some ideas that can be done solo, with your sweetheart, or even with your little ones!

  • Visit the local zoo, yeah the typical answer, but there are usually coupons throughout the year, so you just need to be on the watch!
  • What is cheaper than free? Take an adventurous hike. Sounds bland, but you would be surprised. Plus you get that exercise in too!
  • Throughout the year, there are many art festivals and museums that are usually really cheap or free. Check them out through your local newspaper or online. 
  • Who doesn’t like a free concert? You might be surprised when you ask your sweetheart to go to a concert instead of the usual dinner and overpriced movie. A lot of underground bands are super cheap, and don’t be discouraged if they are a no name, surprises are good!
  • Most movie theaters have some sort of a classic series for an extremely low price. Taking advantage of these awesome deals, since most of them come with a package deal, can really save you money. The one in Salt Lake, is $30 for 6 movies that you can’t watch anywhere else!
  • Want something fun to do with neighbors or friends? Instead of just going out to a restaurant and spending $20 a person, why not try a pot luck dinner? Have each family prepare one dish that serves everyone. It can be a fun way to entertain and save!
  • On the topic of food, skip the restaurants and treat you and your sweetheart to a themed date night at your house. For instance, cook spaghetti and meatballs while sipping wine and watching Life is Beautiful. Cheap yet fun and interesting. 

Hope these ideas have helped and/or have sparked some new and exciting things you could do instead of the usual over priced routine!