Racing to a Cheaper Finish Line

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We’re all familiar with the Melbourne Cup, but those outside of Queensland are probably unfamiliar with Ekka Race Day, coming up on Wednesday 13th August in Brisbane. Part of the Queensland Royal Show, Ekka Race Day conveniently falls on the same day as the Brisbane Exhibition holiday – so there’s no excuse for missing out on the action.

Experiencing all the show has to offer can leave your wallet close to empty, especially if you’re a sucker for rides, show bags and sampling local eats, leaving little money for arriving at the races in style. Our three top tips will help bring down the cost of a day at the races without compromising on the wow factor.

Fascinating headwear

Fascinators don’t come cheap and are probably amongst the most expensive accessories a woman can buy. It can also be a challenge to find one that doesn’t resemble a bird perched atop your noggin.

Most women typically don’t get much wear out of fascinators and will therefore sell them second-hand. You’ll find plenty of spectacular headdresses on Gumtree at a reasonable cost. But, if you’re set on buying new, consider selling your used fascinator to recoup some of the cost.

Outfit for hire

Many fashionistas are determined to never wear the same ensemble twice – but buying hundreds of new outfits a year wouldn’t come cheap. If someone suggested renting a cocktail dress 10 years ago you’d have probably scoffed at the idea but nowadays, there are dozens of businesses that specialise in this trade.

Hiring an outfit also means you can to wear designer labels that you may not have been able to afford otherwise. Find garment rental companies with a quick search in Gumtree’s Business Services category.

Getting from A to B

If you’re planning to have a few drinks at the races, we recommend planning your trip in advance. Consider wrangling some friends to put in for a hire car to and from the races. This will take the stress out of finding a taxi and may even come in cheaper than one.

Got a large group of friends? How about a limo? Online services like Uber are great for finding affordable luxury cars, or try your luck on Gumtree with an independent driver. This way, you will avoid paying agency booking fees.



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