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If you normally read this blog, you know by now that we are intensely frugal and active side hustlers. We don’t normally like to pay full price for stuff, even with entertainment. We have learned a few tricks through the years though that will surprise you. I bet you didn’t even think it was possible to score free concert tickets besides maybe with your local radio station. There are tons of ways to score cheap and free concert tickets!
This summer with the recent change in working situations with my wife and I, we didn’t plan a vacation yet. However, we did plan an amazing summer full of great concerts. I guess it is something about St. Louis, MO but there are amazing shows going on there this summer and we couldn’t take the chance with missing out on any of those! We didn’t spend a fortune on them either.
Unfortunately, most of the time people get turned off from going to concerts due to how expensive they can be. This is because they don’t know of the many ways you can get cheap and free concert tickets. You have to get creative sometimes to do the things you want to do for cheap.
Here are the best ways I have found to score free concert tickets!
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1. Check out the ‘Absolutely Free Tickets’ In StubHub or Ticketmaster.
Many cities have free concerts that go on periodically. For this purpose, Ticketmaster and StubHub have a section of their site and apps called ‘Absolutely Free Tickets’. Using this section you can easily score yourself some free concert tickets. Check here to see what tickets are available for free in your neck of the woods.
2. Enter online sweepstakes for free tickets.
Currently, over at thebalance.com they have some amazing sweepstakes listed that are going on right now! They include prizes of free concert tickets, movie tickets and more. What is great about this site is that they publish new lists of sweepstakes currently going on almost every day. You can find millions of things to win for free, not just free concert tickets. Check it out here.
3. Enter social media contests, giveaways and Facebook groups.
Search for your local event and concert venues on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. request to add them and follow them so you can get any status updates on social media contests and giveaways that they may have going on.
I do this with a local venue in our area called The Pageant. A good friend of mine won 2 free tickets to one of their concerts last summer by entering one of their Facebook contests which were a thread where you ‘Like’, ‘Share’ and ‘Comment’ on their post about the event to be entered into the contest and giveaway. The next day she was notified on Facebook via tag that she won!
Facebook groups are great for this too. Just type in the search bar on Facebook ‘free concert tickets’ or ‘cheap concert tickets’ or ‘free events’ , etc. You will see a roll up of groups specifically for your city (and maybe even specific events in your area in the search results too) and others that are a wider range. I found a good group for Chicago through this method.
4. Sign up to be a seat filler.
Search on Google for a seat filler company in your city or visit SeatStir.com. Seat filler memberships help venues fill their unsold seats by granting free tickets to a wide variety of events, not just concerts. For a small fee, you can gain free admission to every event or concert going on in your city!
5. Utilize the Groupon + InboxDollars (or Ebates) hack.
InboxDollars is an app that pays you to read emails, take surveys, play games, complete offers and much more. You basically get paid to play around on your phone to pass the time when you are bored. InboxDollars also has a specific section of the app just for Groupon purchases. In the InboxDollars app, click the item that says Groupon to be redirected through the InboxDollars app to Groupon. Then you will see Groupon offers (including a ton for conerts) that are already giving you a huge savings, plus what InboxDollars will pay you for purchasing. Did I mention they pay you an additional $5 just for signing up? Click here to read our full review of the app.
Or better yet, use Groupon with the Ebates Google Chrome browser extension (plus get a $10 welcome bonus on Ebates when you sign up with my link). Currently, Ebates has 6% cash back on all Groupon purchases so you can save even more on concert tickets.
Rewards hacking has never been so fun!
6. Volunteer at the event or concert.
Did you know you can volunteer for free concert tickets? You can sign up to be a volunteer through the event or concert’s website or contact the venue where it is taking place. You can volunteer at the concert and get your admission for free. If it is a music festival you can volunteer some hours or some days and have the rest for absolutely free without having to work the entire time!
About 4 years ago I signed up to volunteer at a music festival called Summercamp. It was an amazing volunteer agreement because over the course of a couple days all I had to do was fulfill at least 4 hours of volunteer hours and I got my admission completely free! This included free camping and parking as well. Talk about an amazing deal!
7. Check with your employer.
Some employers often give away free concert tickets and free tickets to sports games. It is one of the many ‘unspoken’ perks you can get at a job. Usually your employer will send emails out asking if anyone would like the tickets available for that season and list them. In other cases, you will have to check with your HR department to see if you need to be added to those certain distribution lists. Give it a try though and ask someone about them, chances are they will have something to giveaway that season!
8. Purchase tickets online with coupons and cash back browser apps.
When you purchase tickets online with Ticketmaster or StubHub you should use one of these cashback apps and browser extensions to get a good chunk of money back from your purchase. Who knows, with these sign up bonuses you could end up covering the entire cost of your concert tickets and thus, getting more free concert tickets!
- BeFrugal (My absolute favorite cashback site.)
- Ibotta: Get cash back for scanning your receipts or shopping through the app online. Sign up with my link to get $10 cash back on Ibotta.
- Dosh: All the perks of a cash back credit card without having to actually get one! Just link your current cards to the app and get cash back! No receipt scanning, no waiting for the bank to approve your rebate, nothing but instant cash back! You also get a $5 free bonus once you sign up and link your first card for instant cash back on Dosh. Read our review of this amazing app here.
- Swagbucks (Swagbucks offers cashback on almost every single site known to man, and no you don’t have to do any surveys to get this feature!)
Then just click to ‘Activate’ on both browser extensions. You will get cash back for both of them and you will get the sign up bonuses for each app on top of that if it is your first time using these!
9. Use a rewards card to get a portion of your purchase back in cashback!
Using rewards cards gets you some great savings! Now that everyone is offering them, no matter where you shop, why not get in on the action because paying full price is just throwing away your money these days.
With the Amazon Prime Rewards Card I get so much cash back every month. That is why this is the only credit card I will allow myself to have. I get so much cash back with it that any purchase I make on Amazon is free most of the time! With the Amazon Prime Rewards Card you can get 1%-5% back on purchases, depending on where you make the purchase. You get 5% back if the purchase is at amazon.com, 3% back if the purchase is at restaurants, gas stations and drug stores and 1% back on all other purchases.
10. Check Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
Listing apps and sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace can be a goldmine for cheap or even free concert tickets. Sometimes people just want to get rid of their tickets for whatever reason and offer them for free. If you can’t find any free tickets on her, you are bound to find some extremely discounted tickets. I say this is worth a try!
11. Use a cheaper ticket distributor.
Ticketmaster can sometimes be the worst site to go through for tickets because if you can’t find any ‘Absolutely Free Tickets’ or make your cash back apps work the best for you to get the most amount back for your purchase, then you end up paying the full price plus a load of fees.
There are a couple of cheaper ticket distributors you can go through though to make your life 100% easier. Some of the cheaper ticket sites are StubHub, CheapTickets.com, Tickets.Expert and TicketNetwork.
Sign up for TicketNetwork today and get $25 off your next purchase with them!
The best thing about Tickets.Expert is you can even score cheap tickets to sold out shows in the area. How do they do this? No idea, but it is awesome.
12. Become an event blogger.
Did you know it is possible to go to all of your favorite concerts and events for free or maybe even get paid for it through blogging? Well, it is very much possible and hundreds of bloggers achieve this every day. The way that event bloggers achieve free admission to events and concerts is by getting a press pass. Bloggers can also make money while attending events and concerts by working remotely from their laptop using a variety of monetization strategies on their blogs such as ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored posting opportunities, writing freelance articles, selling a product or service, or selling e-courses and memberships on their sites.
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What are some ways that you have scored cheap or free concert tickets? I would love to hear of ways that I have yet to encounter!
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