It’s officially the moment all college basketball fans have been waiting for…March Madness! It’s a time of cheering on your favorite teams, hanging out with friends, and, unfortunately, spending extra money. Whether you’re betting on your team, buying tickets to games, or grabbing beers with friends, we have tips to stay frugal while still having fun.


Run a Free/Cheap March Madness Pool

Many people join a March Madness pool with their friends where everyone throws in cash and the winner takes all. While it’s exciting to create a desirable pool where everyone pitches in a decent money donation, it’s not the best for your wallet.

Try creating a cheaper pool where everyone throws in $5. You could even start a tradition where the winner receives a trophy and each year they pass it on to the next person. This is a fun way to enjoy your bragging rights without breaking the bank.


Research Tickets In Advance

If you’re planning on going to a game, research tickets as far in advance as possible. This will help you to plan ahead and find the best deal. Go with a large group of friends to split a parking pass with and enjoy food and drinks before entering the stadium. Food and drink are are going to be much more expensive on site of the game, so this will help save you and your friends tons of cash!

Ticket buying tips:

  • Smaller fan bases have better prices
  • The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight are historically the most reasonably priced
  • Wait to buy regional tickets

Start researching cheap tickets here!


Host a Viewing Party From Home

For an even cheaper option, skip buying tickets, and host a viewing party at your house. Make it a pot-luck where everyone brings something to enjoy while watching. This is a great way to host an inexpensive evening for everyone involved! Watching the game while knowing your saving money will make the experience even better.

Check out these cheap, game-day food ideas!


Stream the Games Online for Free

If you’ve made the decision to cut the cord, you may be wondering how to watch the games online. You can tune to NCAA’s March Madness Live, which you can watch in a browser or with an app for Android or Apple. You can also watch through the live-streaming TV services FuboTV, DirecTV Now, Hulu + Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all come with TBS, TNT, and truTV.


By using a few of these March Madness hacks you can save money while still enjoying all the festivities! Whether you are buying tickets or hosting from home, these are effective ways to “ball” on a budget!