Look I love Mumford and Sons just as much as the next guy. And to be honest, I wouldn't mind traveling back to my teenage years to see Nine Inch Nails knock it out of the park at Lollapalooza 2013 this summer. But my god man, the prices of those tickets is insane! If you were "lucky" enough to get your hands on a three-day pass it probably cost your about $235 (minus fees and taxes of course). And if you missed out on that, you can still get one-day passes for $95 each (quick math: make your own three-day pass for a mere $285 plus fees).
Now far be it from me to tell you how to have a good time and maybe my age is starting to show a bit, but there are a lot of things you can do with $285. For me, that is a few monthly bills (again, I must be getting old), but even if you wanted to just blow it on something fun, here are some options for you to spend it on and maybe have a little more than just memories of a sweaty people all cramming together to try and watch their favorite band from a few hundred yards away:
- Download 220 iTunes songs at $1.29 per song. You can live Lollapalooza all year long!
- At $40 per hour lesson on average, sign yourself up for 7 guitar lessons and get started on your way to playing Lollapalooza yourself.
- Sony sells a great car audio sound system for around $200. And let's face it, you spend way more time in your car then you do at Lollapalooza. Plus with $85 left over you can probably find someone to install it.
So what would you spend $285 on? Lollapalooza or something else? My love of live music and the arts aside, I think you know where I stand.
Chris Thomas is a full-time teacher, part-time freelance writing, father of three, and most importantly, a very, very tired man.
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