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All travellers know the struggle: How much money can I afford to spend? Will I find a new job? What if I run out of money? Is that the cheapest deal? Questions among questions. And the answer is certainly never guaranteed, but if you know some handy tips and tricks, living on a budget can be made a lot easier!
1. The wreckers. Most travellers are choosing to buy or rent a car for their road trip. But what seems like a great deal, is usually too good to be true. Mechanical repairs are often inevitable, but most of all: expensive! We spend dollars and dollars on car parts, tyres, oil changes and services. It doesn’t have to be like that though! Before you choose to buy new or used parts from the mechanics, check out the wreckers first. Most of the time, they have some spare parts for a lot cheaper! But be cautious: It’s always a risky buy and shouldn’t be considered if you’re planning to keep your car for a long while.
2. Book exchanges. Who doesn’t like to read a good book! Lying underneath the stars with a book in your hand and nothing but peace and quiet around you. Doesn’t it sound tempting?! Unfortunately, stories come to an end at some point. Often quicker than we wish for. So what do we do? Many of us can’t afford to buy new books or an expensive Kindle. Luckily, society looks after all of us people, who like to read. Book exchanges can be found everywhere: in hostels, caravan parks, libraries, cafes. Keep your eyes open, you won’t miss it. But don’t forget to leave a book, in order to keep the exchange going!
3. Tuesdays. Who would have thought, that a day, seemingly just like any other day, could make you save so much money? Whether it’s a plane ticket, a bus ride or sometimes even certain tours and activities. For some reason, Tuesdays seem to promise the best and cheapest deals. So if you’re not in a hurry and need and good bargain, it’s worth it sticking around until next Tuesday!
4. Quick sales. Food can be unbelievably expensive! Especially over in Oceania! 12$ for a small pack of grapes? 2$ for a loaf of good bread? Who can afford that?! That only leaves us with one choice: buying the cheap home brand, which is often simultaneously the unhealthiest and tasteless option. Soon, we’ll lose appetite and stop enjoying our meals. But we don’t have to make such sacrifices, just because we have to keep an eye on our money! Most grocery stores have so-called “Quick sales”. Quality food, that is about to be thrown out or looks a bit odd for half the price! The good thing: there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Of course, supermarkets wanna keep up their good reputation, which is why they can’t afford to keep certain types of food in the store for more than a day. The best time to hunt for quick sales is just before close.
5. Leftover boxes. Most of us would have stayed in a hostel at least once in their life. They’re not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it comes to helping each other out. Many hostels have something like “leftover boxes”, giving travellers that are about to leave the country the chance to get rid of some stuff that might help out the next person. The best part: it’s absolutely free! So you go and buy new and expensive gear, why don’t you check out your nearest hostel and reuse someone else’s stuff?!
While these are just five tips, there are so many other ways to save the one or the other dollar for our next road trip! Let me know if you can add to this list in the comments!
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