We’ve all been there: you just bought your favorite group’s latest album. You get your package, flip through the photobook, and take to Twitter to share your excitement when–boom–a concert tour DVD drops. Or a Season’s Greetings. Or a tour is announced. Or a combination of all of those. You’re left looking at your bank account wondering where you went wrong. But there are ways around it. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years to help make K-Pop just a touch more affordable.
Budget for Concert Tickets
This may sound frivolous to anyone who’s not into K-Pop, but the thing is that you always have to budget for concert tickets. Your faves could take forever to come to your country and you have to be prepared for when the time comes. The best way to do this is to set aside a little bit of money anytime you get paid or get a cash present.
Apps like Qapital help you create little savings funds for different things that you want to do or buy. I have a big ol’ stash on there for a trip to Korea (eventually). The money that you put into the account is insured, so you don’t have to worry about losing it, and you can take it whenever you need it.
Pick Your Albums Wisely
I know you want every album that comes out. I’ll admit, sometimes, in my weakest moments, I almost purchased albums from groups that I wasn’t even really that into! I just thought the album looked pretty.
But that is a dangerous game to play in K-Pop. Nearly every album is packaged up beautifully and uniquely, and there are so many options to choose from, given how often groups put out new music.
You have to decide which albums are worth your money. Think carefully about which albums have the songs that really speak to you or which ones have the visual concepts you can’t live without. For everything else, wait until someone gifts it to you.
Download Apple Music
Not to sound like an ad, but Apple Music is the best way to support your groups. You can instantly download the albums as soon as they drop and stream the songs. You can do this with Spotify too, but I’ve found that not all companies allow their groups to have all their songs on Spotify. Apple Music is a lot more expansive.
Also! If you are a student–or if you still have your university email ;)–you can sign up for a student account and pay only $5 a month. That is a lot better than paying $20 or more per album.
Utilize Tumblr Well
Tumblr is such a great resource for K-Pop. This is especially the case if your groups put out summer specials, winter specials, year-end summaries, season’s greetings, etc. (BTS has all of the above–thanks, guys.)
While some of these may be worth the money, not all of them will be. I have no regrets about buying the 2017 BTS Season’s Greetings, but I don’t really feel guilty about not buying the 2018 one. Why? Because a beautiful, caring ARMY uploaded all the pictures and the videos from the DVD. And all fanbases do that for their groups, so don’t spend money on specials if you don’t have to.
Amazon, Amazon, Amazon
Amazon is the holy grail, honestly. They have everything you could ever want now–including unofficial merch! I bought my first K-Pop sweatshirt off Amazon for an entirely reasonable price and I used Amazon to buy my first couple of BTS albums without the exorbitant shipping prices of K-Pop specialty sites.
Don’t get me wrong: I still use the K-Pop specialty sites for new releases–my fave is still ktown4u–but Amazon is such a great resource for getting great prices on older albums. You can even get two-day shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
K-Pop is expensive. I’m not gonna lie–I’ve fallen victim to the call of buying, buying, buying more than once before. However, there are ways to avoid the temptation and save up for the big stuff.
Do you have any money-saving tips? Let me know in the comments!
image source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU90fcyEEJs