That Time We Spent Too Much On a Football Game

Remember when the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Fransisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII or when Beyonce was the halftime act or when the power went out and the game was delayed? We were totally there!!

That’s us!

We delightfully watched a great game, right up until the end when my Niners fell to Mr. Wow’s Ravens (still pains me to say that) (It was AWESOME!! – MrWoW).  We enthusiastically sang along to Beyonce and Destiny’s Child while attempting to coordinate the finger lights they so kindly provided us on our seats (don’t think we have a future in finger light shows).  And we drunkenly cheered and chanted when all the lights went out at the Superdome (luckily we had cash on us so we could still buy beer, since no power means no credit cards).

I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly

What an amazing experience!!

I mean really, when my team makes it all the way to the Super Bowl, how could I not go? Better yet, when both of our teams made it, the decision pretty much made itself. Plus it was in NOLA, which made it that much better too!  We jokingly discussed attending the game immediately following the NFC and AFC Championship games.  Could it be possible? How would we get tickets? Was it worth the money?

Could it be possible?

We pondered for a few days, but ultimately decided that it was a must.  And I am so glad that we did.  It was an absolute blast (minus the outcome of the game for me)!  It was my first time going to New Orleans and definitely both of our first time attending a Super Bowl.  We ate fantastic food (including the infamous beignets), drank big ass beers (they were really big!), and participated in all the festivities (galavanting around the NFL Experience, watching the teams load on to the buses, seeing the Lombardi trophy and attending the official tailgate).  Not to mention, the game was super fun as well.  I had to keep pinching myself that I was actually watching my boys at the Super Bowl.  Oh and I got to meet Joe Montana and snag his autograph.  (I’ve never seen the Mrs. so giddy to meet a man, well other than me – MrWoW) Guess I won’t be wearing that jersey anymore. All and all, its on the list of the most fun things we have ever done. Outcome: Totally possible!

One of the big highlights for me

How would we get tickets?

One of Mr.Wow’s bosses at the time used to work for a online ticket broker so he gave us all the deets on where to go, who to ask and what to say to make sure that we got the best deal possible.  (We ended up at the hotel where they handed out the tickets.  I was lucky enough to have a little insiders knowledge, so we made an offer for “get ins” that was below what they were going for online.  They said yes, since we were there, cash in hand.  And the lady that we were told to contact threw in free tickets to the official tailgate.  Free food & Booze pre-game – WIN! – MrWoW) Worked like a charm! Outcome: We got tickets!

Was it worth the money?

Ever since discovering the FIRE world, we have completely embraced it and quickly began questioning any time we spend a single dollar.  For the most part, we stick to our investment/ saving/ spending plan and learn to avoid unnecessary, expensive purchases.  Well, this was definitely expensive, but to us it was completely necessary.  I mean, when will both the Niners and the Ravens play in the Super Bowl again?  My guess, not for a long, long time, especially since the 49ers have completely dismantled over the past few years and the Ravens, well they’re just the Ravens. Mr. Wow recently blogged about living versus firing and at this point, we decided to check off a bucket list item and live life! Outcome: totally worth the money!!!!!

I must admit that we spent way too much money on a football game! But do I regret it? Not one bit!!

I also must admit that we were not completely FIRE-minded at this time, but I don’t think we would have changed our minds even if we were.  We actually still managed to sneak in a little frugality throughout the trip when we could too.  Instead of flying directly into New Orleans, we flew into Houston, rented a car and drove the rest of the way, saving about $2,600.  The airline also kinda messed up Mr. Wow’s baggage granting us a $200 voucher on top of that.  (How exactly do you lose a carryon? – MrWoW) He didn’t really need his bag for a few days anyways, right?  We also stayed in an AirBnB saving us roughly $900, plus it was walking distance to Bourbon Street and the Superdome so we also saved a ton on taxi fares. (We also ate more Dominoes Pizza than any two people should, it was cheap, open late and right near our place. – MrWoW) We tried our best to cut back where we could because we knew the price of the tickets was going to make us cringe. Let’s just say that one ticket costs similar to the amount a water buffalo weighs.  And we bought 2!

To this day, I still get a little queasy thinking about the amount of money that we spent one a single game of pigskin, but I honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing… ok, ok, I would have changed one thing. I would have had the boys in red and gold pull off the W.  Nonetheless, I do not regret a single penny spent.  (For being thrown together at the last minute, I came home from work on the Tuesday before the game with plane tickets to leave on Thursday.  We booked the AirBnB on Wednesday night before we flew out.  The tickets we picked up on Saturday, the day before the game.  Everything worked out just about perfectly.  When I look at the ticket and trip prices since then, they are astronomically more than we spent, which was way too much to begin with.  But, I think we might have paid double to do it. Completely worth it, for us.  The other fun part is we get to relive this trip, every year at this time.  So, it just keeps on giving.  If you’re a football fan, this is definitely a bucket list item, and we are so glad that we went.  Yes, it might have set us back a little, but this is our balance and we made up for it in other areas.  – MrWoW)

Bottom line: if it adds value to your life, it is completely worth it!

Now every year around this time, we reminisce about our adventure and all the fun that was had.  Remember that time we went to the Super Bowl?

During the blackout

 

10 Comments

  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach February 5, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Glad you both had such a great time and things worked out! Also glad I’m not that big of a sports fan. lol!

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  • Jax February 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    That is awesome! I am always amazed at how much Super Bowl tickets cost, but at the same time I know that if my Angels made it to the World Series, I would definitely try to buy tickets for my aunt and me to go!

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    • Mr WoW February 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      We actually lucked out. Every year we check the cost of the tickets and we paid waaay less than most of the times we’ve looked. But yeah, this is one of those things that if you get a chance, you’ve gotta take it. I don’t know if we’d go again, at least on our dime. And now we look back on this so fondly. Was it expensive? Oh yeah, but sooooo worth it!

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  • Physician on FIRE April 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Great story! In isolation, it seems crazy to spend that much money on a few hours of entertainment, but I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to see my team (or our teams) play on the world’s biggest stage.

    The best thing about making many frugal decisions is that it affords you the ability to make an occasional completely non-frugal one without breaking the bank.

    Cheers!
    -PoF

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    • Mrs WoW April 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      I totally agree! Bottom line: even though we are frugal and FI minded, we still need to live life. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    • Ron Cameron November 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

      “The best thing about making many frugal decisions is that it affords you the ability to make an occasional completely non-frugal one without breaking the bank.” – You nailed it! Saving money on things you don’t think are important so that you can spend money on things you -do- think are important. So simple, yet so few people fail making the equation!

      Having said that, I’m not a sports fan and after spending over $100/ticket to see the Patriots (and another $50 to park!), that will likely never happen again. And that’s OK. I’ll save that $100 for the next Jimmy Buffet concert!

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      • Mrs WoW November 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        For me its sports, for you music, for others it might be theater or art or any number of other interests, but the bottom line remains the same. Invest the time and money into what you want and not into what you don’t.

        I’ve never seen Buffet in concert before, but I bet it is way worth the money!

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  • Bunnyfreak April 30, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Awesome to be reminded how it is important to spend on meaningful things too. As niners fans ourselves the game brings memories of frustration of how they almost came back. Our Cubies were in the World Series this year and we briefly considered going to a game as we live near the other team but just couldn’t stomach the amount as at this point in our journey it moves the needle to much. Also I am afraid of heights and low level seats would be difficult to obtain. We had family members who went to game 7 and they definitely don’t regret it.

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    • Mrs WoW April 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Oh I totally know the frustration of the end of that game. Its tough being a Niners fan at the current moment, but hopefully we get our act together in the next decade (fingers crossed). When you look at the $ numbers to attend a big game like that, it is hard stomach for sure. We had so many people think we were crazy for going. But ultimately we don’t regret it at all and it was completely, 100% worth it. Maybe next time you will catch a Cubs game in the World Series.

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