How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck - Secret Money-Saving Deals of the Chip Revealed  

  • Thursday, June 4, 2015
  • by Jeff Smith

Secret Money-Saving Deals That Will Stretch Your Sturgis Vacation Dollar

Having a good time at the Best Party Anywhere isn’t rocket science; you just need good friends and good music. But there are some other essentials to consider, and if you’re on a tight budget, it might be hard to afford everything you want to see and do. That’s why we’ve assembled this guide of seven secret money-saving deals to help you get the most bang for your buck while you’re at the Chip. 

1. Book Early

The earlier you book, the cheaper it is. Plain and simple. Many guests book for the following year before this year’s rally is over because they’ve come to trust and know that 34 years of The Best Party Anywhere™ isn’t a fluke. To reward those loyal partiers and friends for their continued patronage, The Chip® gives the best value possible for those who book early. Special prices end incrementally throughout the year as bands are confirmed. Don’t hesitate when you know you deserve to treat yourself to another Best Party Anywhere.

2. Get a Meal Plan

The Stage West Café offers meal plans tailored to your needs. You can save a lot of cash by buying a plan before you come. Enjoy delicious choices such as pancakes, French toast, bacon and eggs, prime rib, breaded chicken, and more for what comes out to be $11.50 per meal. We recommend you leave room for one day to check out some our delicious food vendors though. 

3. Seek Out Drink Specials

There are many of them. Search them out at Woody’s Watering Hole, CrossRoads, The Rat’s Hole, The Micro Brew, Bikini Beach, and don’t forget the Jag Bomb special is everywhere. There’s no excuse for not throwing back a cool one at unheard of prices. For those of you not frightened by something stiff, the Chip and Jagermeister have just brewed a potent new concoction called The Big Woody, and at 2 for $6, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on at least a couple of them.

4. Have Yourself Some Dollar Dogs and Drafts

In addition to the meal plans and drink specials, the Chip has proudly served Dollar Dogs and Drafts since 1995. To hell with inflation; they’ve been offering the lowest Rally food and drink prices anywhere for 20 years. It’s nothin’ fancy, but the savings from only spending a couple bucks on a hot dog and a beer tastes amazing. You can find this ridiculous deal at the Woody’s Watering Hole in the amphitheater daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

5.  The General Store

Was there anything you forgot? If so, the General Store in the amphitheater can provide you with pretty much anything you need. The prices are comparable to your favorite corner convenience store, so skip the hassle and wasted hours of going into town and just head down to the General Store. 

6. Free Pancake Breakfast

Yes, you heard correct. Get a FREE pancake breakfast every morning starting Saturday, Aug 1 from 7 to 11 am at the Sons of Light tent at the CrossRoads. Pass the syrup!

7. Free Fuel Happy Hour

Come again? Free fuel?! Yep. Fill up your bike for FREE courtesy of Renewable Fuels Association. Ride on up Monday, Aug. 8 through Wednesday, Aug. 10 between 1 and 4 p.m. and let Renewable Fuels Association top off your motorcycle’s tank with 93 octane E10 (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline) for free!

To learn everything you’d ever need to know to ensure your time spent at the Chip will be the time of your life, check out the Essentials Guide. In addition to price conscious tips like these, it contains detailed maps, time-saving routes, and South Dakota weather survival guide, as well as information on campground amenities and absolutely everything happening at the Best Party Anywhere… and that’s a lot of stuff.

Which of these secret deals did you not know about? Or know about any we forgot to mention? Tell us in the comments below!

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