On a Thursday morning in the middle of June, a good friend of mine Ronnie text me and asked if I was interested in going to a concert later that evening. The concert was featuring three of my favorite musicians Queen Naija, Multiple Grammy award winners H.E.R., and Mary J. Blige at Staples Center for the BET Experience. I was extremely reluctant to go because I did not have a great deal of money to spare. Embarrassed to broadcast my financial situation I hesitantly told her that I did not have hundreds of dollars to spend on concert tickets. Ronnie then text back that these tickets she scored were less than a burrito, drink, and tortilla chips at Chipotle. I was completely sold, and I jumped to this opportunity! There are many sites that claim they have the best discount on tickets for events but these same sites have so many fees that it does not seem like I am getting a great deal. I go on those sites expecting a fantastic deal and once I go to the checkout cart I feel as though I was just catfished by this website. In some cases, I am paying more in fees than the actual concert! In my experience, I have found the best deals on events at Goldstar, Groupon, and StubHub. These sites cater to everyone's budget, as a single Mom, I am always on the prowl for a good deal. Everyone should be able to experience the luxury of seeing their favorite artists no matter your budget.
I heard about Goldstar through a friend who goes to concerts what seems like every week. I and a few of my friends wanted to go to a Kevin Hart comedy show a few years ago. I decided to go online directly to the site to check out ticket prices and saw that the tickets were $75 after taxes and fees. The seats were towards the back in the nosebleed section, and that price did not seem like a good deal for my fixed income. Some friends still decided to go, so they went ahead a purchased their tickets. Upon telling my concert hopping friend about my dilemma she suggested Goldstar and it was not a disappointment. Not only did I find those Kevin Hart tickets, but I also found them at a discounted rate of $25 after taxes and fees! Granted, those tickets were still in the nosebleed section and were on the other side of the stadium just as the seventy-five dollar nose bleed tickets but at least I got my money’s worth. Every upcoming concert I hear about I always check on Goldstar first because why pay full price for tickets when there could be another option.
If you haven't used Groupon at this point in your life at least once, then you're doing something wrong or you have extra money laying around. Groupon is usually the first place I check for literally everything in my life; from oil change discounts to Great Wolf Lodge hotel discounts. I can usually find a discount on most things I need on there, the list is limitless. So of course, Groupon has amazing discounts on concert tickets. I landed a great deal on concert tickets to a show featuring seven popular artists for just $20 and the original price for the tickets started at $55. The only downside to using Groupon is that there are certain events and discounts that you need to wait 24 to 48 hours before using, but like everything else, I would recommend reading the fine print before purchasing.
Last but not least, there is StubHub. I’m fairly new to StubHub but so far that site has lived up to its reputation. I found the tickets to the concert I previously mentioned with my three favorite musicians at Staples Center through StubHub. A few weeks prior I saw this upcoming event but tickets ranged from $150 to $1000. We purchased the last-minute tickets for $16 with premium seating. Before purchasing these tickets, I saw the same concert tickets earlier that day for $55 on Groupon. I was extremely surprised that StubHub had those tickets for so low and a better deal than Groupon!
Now that you are armed with this information there is no excuse for you not to go see your favorite artists or go to an event despite your financial situation.