The Cheapskate’s Guide to Macworld and Beyond



Even though San Francisco is the most expensive city in the frickin’ country you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it.

In this post we’ve have put together a super savings guide to help you navigate the show and the city.

Hardware and Software

Macworld and its vendors are offering discounts that are only available at the show.There are several Macworld specials at the Expo, including Blue’s studio-quality USB microphones ($129), the DryCase waterproof iPad case (50% off) and Nuance’s Dragon Dictate software ($129.99).  It’s not just iPhone cases!

Travel Around Town

The Expo’s Getting Around page is a good resource for those of you flying into San Francisco. There are special discounts on Super Shuttle, rental cars and even parking. You do need to book in advance though. Like right now!

If you plan on taking public transportation consider getting a bus/train pass. The Muni Passport is good for three consecutive days of travel on busses, trains and cable cars for $20. Seeing that a single cable car ride is $5 per trip — this is an excellent deal.

If you are extending your trip through the weekend and would like to sightsee you should purchase a San Francisco CityPASS. Good for up to nine days and five popular attractions. The $64 price pays for itself after three attractions and you don’t have to wait in lines.

Restaurants and Attractions

With more restaurants per capita than any other city, San Francisco is a foodies town. Dine about town is an excellent way to try popular restaurants in San Francisco for next to nothing. Through January 31 they have a specials on prepared 2-course lunches for $17.95 or 3-course dinners for $34.95.

There’s another page on the Expo site called Save in the City, which offers lots of discounts restaurants, attractions and even wineries. The page is broken down by restaurants, attractions, shopping and site seeing. Just show your Macworld badge at the different establishments and let the sweet savings begin.

San Francisco is a walking city. Although you might be put off by the hills, walking is the best way to get a feel for the city. If you are feeling adventurous or just need a retreat from the stuffy conference hall then check out San Francisco City Guides. They offer several free neighborhood tours led by knowlegable guides in two hours or less.

Shows and Sporting Events

Goldstar has discounted tickets for many show and events happening in San Francisco during Macworld. I had a look today and found the popular Beach Babylon Musical Comedy Revue on special for $24 a ticket for performances this Wednesday and Thursday. You seriously need to book this now though because they sell out quickly!

If you are looking for a specific show or sporting event consider Craigslist. If you look under San Francisco tickets you can often find the event you are looking for at great savings.

Hope this helps your wallet!

Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments.


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