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20 Ways to Save Money on Nearly Everything in Melbourne

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
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Published April 10th 2018
20 ways to get cheaper tickets, free stuff, and $1 snacks
Melbourne may be the world's most liveable city, but sometimes it can cost quite a bit to live the good life. Here are 20 clever ways to save money on nearly everything from entertainment and events, to food and drink, to shopping.

Cheaper Movie Tickets

Lido Cinema in Hawthorn has $7 tickets before 4pm on a Tuesday. So does Cinema Nova in Carlton with $7 tickets before 4pm on Mondays (and $9 tickets after). Waverley Cinema has $8 tickets,

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Discount Theatre Tickets

The Arts Centre Melbourne has'Tixatsix' which has $30 theatre tickets each night. Halftix Melbourne is at the Melbourne Town Hall Administration building on Swanston Street and has some great specials most days. Red Stitch Actors Theater generally has previews for $28, and if you are under 30, you can also arrange for discounted tickets to Melbourne Theatre Company shows.

By Daniel Walker -, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Shop Smarter

Daiso is a store in the city with everything costing $2.80. Hot Potatoes in Collingwood also has a great selection of gifts, homewares, and supplies, with many items for $2. There is also a Reject Shop in the city, where you will find toiletries, stationery, garden items, toys, and snacks at heavily discounted prices.

Cheap Shop Daiso City Melbourne Gifts
Daiso has an amazing range of goods. Credits: Sunnybank Hill Shoppingtown

Free Exhibitions

Although some of the blockbuster shows are expensive, there are many free sections of both National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and NGV International. Across the road, there are also free areas to view in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). RMIT Gallery is nearby at 344 Swanston Street with an eclectic range of exhibitions. It's not too well known, but the State Library of Victoria has an interesting range of free gallery spaces such as the Cowen Gallery. The Old Treasury Building at 20 Spring Street Melbourne has some free and permanent exhibits on the history of Melbourne, and the Shrine of Remembrance and related exhibits are free to visit as well.

Free Gallery Art Exhibit Melbourne
Outside of NGV International, Credits: Robert Merkel from Wikipedia

Great food at cheap prices

If you are in the city, then Asian Beer Cafe at Melbourne Central is known for their specials. Gopals Vegetarian Restaurant at 139 Swanston Street offers a delicious and filling $8.50 meal. If you are really on a budget, then you can get some snacks for only a few dollars at some venues. There are $1 dumplings at Maeve Fox at 472 Church Street Richmond, and The Bank on Collins (at 394 Collins Street) has $2 arancini balls or oysters. Now you're sure to have money leftover for your favourite beer or glass of wine.

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Your Comment
All great tips.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5963) 957 days ago
A great article.
The Gopals link reverts to Asian beer cafe though.
by clare (score: 1|67) 957 days ago
Asian Beer Cafe is really just for DRINKS, donít expect anything out of its food- itís an embarrassment to so called Asian foodies- itís a Confusion when it comes to that & so itís not really cheap or value in them. Really sorry folks...
by bcwb (score: 0|2) 954 days ago
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