Trying to save money, but don’t know how to do it?
If you’re new to New Zealand or planning to come here, this is the main question that triggers every student’s mind on how to save money. It becomes hectic or stressful for many students when it comes to paying rent weekly. In New Zealand, the cost of living depends on where you decide to live. Some suburbs have higher accommodation and transport costs than others. Here are a few tips to help you save money.
Save Money on Food
Food is something you can’t live without. International Students should ensure that they buy fresh fruit and vegetables from local markets than those in supermarkets. Most suburbs have at least a one-weekend market, and if you live in big cities you can find a lot of them. Also, if you’re living with your roommate, it’s better to share the cost of food with them, so it becomes even cheaper.
Make the best use of your student ID card to get discounts
Many educational providers in New Zealand provide discounts to students at local shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Make sure you carry your student card with you wherever you go to buy anything in the market. Don’t be shy about asking for a discount.
Go for Second-Hand things
New Zealand is well known for shopping, and, if you live here and doing your international studies, you ‘re going to go shopping for clothing and household goods, and that’s why it’s advisable to buy second-hand goods. Yes, there are a lot of charity shops or OP shops in New Zealand, as this is the best way to save money and it’s fun, or especially if you’re going with your friend. Or if you prefer to shop online, you can find a second-hand bargain on Trade Me – New Zealand ‘s answer to eBay.
Therefore, the more you save, the easier it will be because you never know, when, and how challenges come and savings are useful in such circumstances.
Jyonica – @Studentsherald