Go to the Olympics in London

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So you want to go to the Summer Olympics in London. You’re in for a memorable and exciting experience, but hold on to your wallet.

Here are some budget-friendly tips for your trip. I’m Janet Stauble with your Bankrate.com Personal Finance Minute.

Visit London2012.com. It’s the official Olympics website that has a directory of sanctioned vendors who’ve agreed to a no-price-gouging policy.

Don’t have your plane ticket yet? Don’t expect to find any deals. But if you book a flight with a ridiculous connection, you may luck out. We saw a flight from New York that stopped in Chicago before going to London. It was only $850.

You’ll need a place to stay. Listings on AirBNB and lodging outside of London are potential money-savers. Feeling adventurous? There are five campsites within city limits, with prices starting at $25 per night.

Some events don’t cost a thing. Check out Olympic marathons, cycling and equestrian events at Greenwich park for free. Spectators can also watch big screens in Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park to see what’s happening inside.

Dodge pricey restaurants and visit local farmer’s markets instead. Buy fresh produce, bread and cheese and enjoy a picnic in the city.

Want to learn more? Log onto Bankrate.com. I’m Janet Stauble.