Forgive the cliche, but, ‘how long is a piece of string’? My friend once did Glastonbury on £100, I prefer to take around £600.
We budgeted like this…
- Took all her own food & a camping stove. Didn’t need to spend any money on food for the entire festivalHOWEVER!
If you want to buy some food on-site, go to places away from main stages. Generally, hippie-oriented areas such as the green fields etc. do delicious hearty meals, which you can pick up for around £5 a time.
- Took her own cigarettes (cost around £8 for 20 on site, but she smoked roll-ups)
- Took her own alcohol & mixers. The beauty of Glasto!
- Visited the Hare Krishna tent. (Get involved & they provide food free of charge.)
- Brought a blanket incase it got cold
- Includes trip/ service stations there and back! Tuesday – Monday.
- Around £100 a day / 2 meals at an absolute maximum of £10 each per day
- Brought 70cl vodka & Koppaberg cans for post-trash-city-almost-bed-time-campfire times.Bought all other alcohol on-site, mostly due to laziness and the reluctancy to carry it around all day. (Double JD & Coke was around £5.50, also drank cocktails somewhere near the Mexican Wrestling ring for around £5, so fairly reasonable.)
- Bought all food on-site. Food away from main stages was cheaper and generally higher quality, but the most I paid was about £8-9 for a meal.
- One chilly night, I bought a blanket from Banana Joe’s at £5
- Various festival paraphernalia was bought. From a sun hat, to handmade bracelets, to a ‘peddled’ wooden mushroom.
- There’s some amazing vintage clothes shops, so I got a few bits and pieces from there. (Admittedly again in laziness; to make my bag lighter I packed less and bought more there.)
- Try to keep half of your money in the bank, and half in cash.
- Withdraw the remaining half, half way through the festival.
- Use ATM machines late at night/ super early in the morning, and go with a friend. They’re less crowded at these times, and you can avoid the hour-long queue.
- Assign a set amount of money per day, and only carry this around with you.
- Hide money in various parts of your tent. My friend one time brought an actual safe, although this could be a little showy, and interest potential thieves even more! Think shoes, bottom of bag, makeup bag, in sleeping bag etc.
- Don’t carry your credit/debit card around with you. If you absolutely need more money, a friend may borrow you it, or you could go back to your tent. If it’s not worth the walk, it can’t be that important!
- Avoid going to ATM machines on the Sunday/ Monday at all costs if possible. They often run out of money and the queues are endless!