Ways to make your money go further in Sydney

Let’s face it: Sydney ain’t cheap. In fact, the amount that some people pay in rent per week here would allow them to live in two abodes in many other places. Wouldn’t that be nice? “Just staying at my other place tonight, see you guys tomorrow!”


Since I moved over here my savings account hasn’t grown as fast as I’d like, but that’s no surprise as moving to a new country and starting from scratch requires some investment. Luckily the Ikea store and Victoria’s Basement has been good to me, and over the course of the last few months I’ve discovered new ways to make the dollar go a teeny bit further. 

  • Pub food: You can’t go past a good pub meal deal. Check out your local pub for their special deals – many have $5 or $10 meal days, 2-for-1 nights, half-price burger days, etc. Look up pubs by suburb on Timeout Sydney.
  • Figure out which public transport ticket option is best for you, and save money by purchasing a monthly instead of a weekly if you know you’ll need it. Click here for trains and here for buses.
  • Get the Sydney Morning Herald on the weekend and read the Spectrum magazine insert to see what great free events are coming up.
  • Be aware of special offers. Daily deal sites offer things that, in most cases, don’t need. Reminds me of my very first post on here, ‘No shopping for 7 months’. My habits have seriously changed in the last 2 years and I’m now very much more focussed on what I need rather than what I want.
  • Buy your books from Fishpond rather than in the shops, or better still, get a Kindle. (I’m still working on that….)
  • Walk more. You’ll save money on transport, be healthier and because it’ll take you longer to get anywhere, you’ll have less time to be out spending 😉
  • Work out if it’s better for you to buy household goods, or rent them. If you are only here for a shorter while, renting can be good – for example, you can rent a fridge for $7 a week!
  • Milk your private health insurance perks. With many private health insurance plans you can get special offers on a range of household necessities. 
  • Use your own bank’s ATMs: I once used another bank’s ATM and was charged $4. That adds up!
  • Save your receipts for tax return time: Get your tax back on donations, work-related expenses, etc. 
  • Go to dinner AND a movie at Govinda’s in Darlinghurst. Yummy, vegetarian buffet all-you-can-eat food and a new release movie for $30.
  • Check out Lasttix for last-minute, cheap ticket deals to gigs and theatre shows.

Feel free to add your own tips in the comments below 🙂


2 thoughts on “Ways to make your money go further in Sydney

  1. Esther says:

    Re. public transport, I actually used to buy a one-section ten-trip bus ticket, and would then use it for trips that were longer than one section. Saved heaps! Please don’t tell Sydney Buses.PS. Solange I only occasionally get emailed when you write a new blog. I am just looking through all your posts now and I haven’t seen most of them. What is up with Posterous??

  2. Solange says:

    I won’t tell ;)How odd! Maybe it’s broken! This is not good….

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