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Published April 28th 2013
Beat the Price Rise with these Tips & Tricks
A little money saved here and there goes a long way in keeping our monthly budgets hale and hearty. So we thought of compiling a quick list of some tips and tricks on saving money on everyday aspects of living like travelling, food, shopping and entertainment.
We all have to travel, be it for work, pleasure or just for fun, and rising fuel prices or daily commuting by public transport could be harsh on our pockets at times. So try to explore the City Circle Trams, which operate for free and circle around the entire Melbourne CBD. You can hop in and out of this tram at different stops, finish your work and not spend a cent on your travel. Now isn't that cool? Additionally if you want to travel to the airport then opt for Skybus shuttles which operate 24 hours 7 days a week and cost just $17 per person one way, which is much cheaper than hiring a taxi which would cost a minimum of $50 from the city.
There are various ways to save money on food. Try to cook food at home as it would be cost effective and healthier too. Have a shopping list ready before entering a grocery store so that you exactly know what you want to buy and do not end up picking stuff just out of temptation. For things like toilet rolls, cleansing products and others try getting a bulk deal so that you can save some money. Stores like ALDI, Reject Shop and Costco are great for bulk buying for everyday grocery living. Also try out a restaurant called Om restaurant on Elizabeth Street in the CBD. It serves pure vegetarian all you can eat meals for just $6.50 per person.
Shopping can weigh too heavily on your pockets if it is not planned properly. Make sure you find out about the on-going deals in the city before hitting the shopping centres. Lots of shops offer end of financial year sales, clearance sales and other festive sales in the city which can give you good bargains on clothes and items for home living. If you are after furniture or white goods then make sure to visit various Homemaker centres in Victoria and get the cheapest quotes for what you like. Another easy alternative is IKEA, where you will find most kitchen and homeware things at reasonable prices.
There is no denying the fact that Melburnians love entertainment so what is the fun if you save money on everything else but you still have to pay through your nose to get your daily dose of entertainment. Well, in this case reality is sweeter than your imagination, as Melbourne hosts dozens of free events all through the year in different categories. Be it cinema, exhibitions, food festivals, art galleries, courses, music, concerts or anything else you can enjoy many of these events for free if you like. Just keep your eyes and ears open and see what's happening in your part of the city to get your weekly dose of fun and entertainment without worrying about your pocket. You still might have to make bookings for different events, so look out for that.
Remember, being aware is more important that being available, so if you are proactive you can find numerous ways to find deals worth your money.
Good article Madhumita. I disagree with some of the comments so far. People on any kind of Centrelink payment may not be totally destitute but they really need to save money on the everyday cost of living and sometimes even need a 'free' meal as the might not be able to afford their next meal.
It's been reported that the general public going to churches and other charities for free food is a problem. These are reserved for the homeless and truly needy, I think it's irresponsible to advertise these as ways to save money.
Op shops & garage sales are a great opportunity to save money, it is helping
charity to provide for the needy but also it is recycling. You might decide to buy a new plant for outside but would like it in a fancy pot not the garden. I have found lots of great & useful items that way. Unwanted gifts mostly never used
are another great find, have fun,go look for the treasure!!