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Tips for staying within your budget

Tips for staying within your budget

With so many different online bingo sites to choose from, you may be wondering how to choose the right bingo site. Whilst finding a site with enjoyable bingo games, a good online community, and good customer support are all vital, one of the top priorities should always be staying within your budget. The general notion might be that, in comparison to land based bingo, it is easier to get carried away online and lose track of spending. However, to help stay within your budget, there are also many benefits to playing bingo online compared to playing in the bingo halls.

Here at tombola, we have a real emphasis on helping you stay safe while playing bingo. We have many fun low stake bingo games, and even a no deposit bingo game, for our players to enjoy. We also have a whole host of handy safeplay tools and a dedicated safeplay team on hand 24/7 to help keep you safe.

Our tips for playing online bingo is a great place to start for anyone new to the game, but we’ve also put together this guide with some handy tips on staying within your budget.

1. Consider your deposit bonus

To get the most out of your money, it’s always worth taking advantage of any bonuses available. Not only are there many generous welcome bonuses for new players, but there are also some sites that offer no deposit bingo too.

Here at tombola, for example, new players who join using one of our free £5 bonuses or our refer a friend Playmates codes can try out our games without depositing. Unlike many other no deposit bingo sites, there are no wagering requirements for any winnings at tombola. You can withdraw all your money, excluding any remaining bonus funds, at any time.

2. Look for free bingo games

Everybody loves a freebie, right? To help stay within your budget, it’s always worth playing the free bingo games that many no deposit bingo sites have to offer. To give yourself the best chance to win on the free bingo games, familiarise yourself with when they are available to play and remember to play them regularly. Any extra funds won on the free games can help stretch your budget even further. Here at tombola, we have a no deposit bingo game called Free Form which can be played with no wagering requirements necessary. With up to £25,000 in prizes won each week, and daily prizes ranging from 25p - £5,000, it’s always worth remembering to play each day.

3. Opt for low stake games

One of the best ways to make your budget stretch further is by playing low stake bingo games. There are many different reasons to play online bingo with tombola, but our selection of unique low stake bingo games helps set us apart. We pride ourselves on offering games that our players can enjoy without the need to spend big. We have a penny bingo game called Paper and a 2p per ticket game called bingoLite which are fun to play and help make your funds last even longer. In Paper, for example, you can play 100 games of bingo and only spend £1.

The prizes aren’t bad either. Our popular 2p game bingoLite game has a progressive Jackpot, which means it increases in every game up until it is won, and sometimes even exceeds £1,000. Paper and bingoLite aren’t our only low stake bingo games, however. We have many other games, such as Cinco and Roller-Coaster, which start from just 5p per ticket. It’s also important to remember that no matter how many tickets you buy, it only takes that one lucky ticket to win.

4. Get involved in tombola's chat room games

To help you stay within your budget, a good way to boost your funds is by joining in with the many chat room games and quizzes going on across the site. Each day our players can win a maximum of 2x £1 in bonus funds. Not only is it a good way to add to your funds, but it is also a great way to have fun and make friends in our tombola bingo community. It’s worth keeping an eye out for extra special upcoming chat games, themed nights, and quizzes. They are great fun and often even have great prizes such as Amazon vouchers up for grabs. There are lots of different types of chat games, and our Chat Moderators are regularly coming up with new ones, but here are some of the most popular: 

  • Anagrams – In this game, the CM will announce the theme and present an anagram to the chat room. To be in with a chance of winning the quiz quid, your job is to untangle the anagram to work out what the correct answer is. 
  • I spy – Our Chat Moderators version of I spy is very similar to the classic game. They will let the room know the location of the object they are spying on and what letter it begins with. To be in with a chance of winning the quiz quid, your job is to find the correct answer before the rest of the chat room. 
  • Missing words – the aim of the game in this quiz is to find the missing words. The Chat Moderator will let the room know a theme, and your job is to fill in the blanks! This could be anything from a famous catchphrase to missing words from classic song lyrics.

5. Keep an eye on your funds

It can be easy to get carried away when playing a bingo game that you enjoy. That’s why, to help you stay within your budget, you should always keep an eye on your funds. One of the best ways to manage your funds here at tombola is to use our handy safeplay tools. No matter what your situation is, and how much you can afford to spend, we would always recommend setting a Deposit Limit. This keeps bingo fun and removes any temptation to spend more than intended. Our Stake Limits tool, which enables you to pick a maximum stake you wish to play per game, is also particularly helpful when it comes to sticking to your budget.

6. Use the tombola Time Keeper

Even if you are only playing our low stake bingo games, or our no deposit bingo game Free Vibes, it’s worth being mindful of the time you are spending on the site. With so many different games to play, and lots going on in our chat rooms, it is easy to lose track. To help manage that time, we have a safeplay tool called Time Keeper.

With Time Keeper, you can set a timer for either one, two, or three hours, and be notified when that time has expired. By simply becoming aware of how long you have played for, you are more likely to decide to save the remainder of your budget for another day. Time Keeper is just one of several responsible gambling tools available at tombola that can help you stay within your budget. We'd always recommend checking out our full range of safeplay tools to find out how they can help you.