Twenty two money saving hacks

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MONEY SAVING HACKSIt’s no surprise that saving money is at the top of everyone’s list. Rising house prices, utilities, the cost of holiday travel, and even day-to-day items take a huge chunk out of our hard earned money. There are quirky and smart ways to save money that don’t involve eating toast and beans for dinner every night. And while it’s true that money doesn’t grow on trees, your money can certainly go a lot further with Gumtree. Check out these 22 money saving hacks that will keep your bank balance healthy:

Save on a holiday
A holiday is one of the first things to go when we’re trying to save money. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are creative and inexpensive ways to have a holiday at the beach, on the road, even in your own home. Here are a few holiday ideas from Gumtree for that won’t break the bank.

1. Caravan hire
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No need to spend big on flights and hotels for the family. For your next holiday, get out on the road in this spacious caravan and see this beautiful country of ours. Everything you need is in the caravan, and you only unpack once!

2. Rent a holiday home
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This stunning home will accommodate a family of 5 and with the beach and a pool at your doorstep, what more could you want?

3. Vacation at home
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If you live near water, hire a paddle board and spend the day learning a new skill. Even the tightest budget can handle that.

Use Gumtree to add to the savings
Seasoned Gummies know that you can use Gumtree to add to your savings. Sell unwanted items lurking in your closet or rent out unused space. In fact, we estimate that a whopping 89% of Australian households are holding on to unwanted items – with on average, 26 items lying around the house which could earn you upwards of $4,000. Alternatively, you can even look for good quality freebies or find a part time job on Gumtree.

4. Rent out a room
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Have a spare room in your home? Rent it out and offset some of your mortgage costs.

5. Turn your unwanted goods into cash
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Gather up all your unwanted gifts, hidden treasures, and pre-loved furniture and put them up on Gumtree. You’ll declutter the house and make some money too.

6. Earn some extra cash
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Check out the part-time listings on Gumtree. Be a weekend driver, a part time nanny, or a barista and earn some extra cash.

Get around for less
Whether you’re buying a new car, or commuting on public transport, the cost of getting around can be a huge drain on the finances. Here are a few ways to save on both. And don’t forget to check out the Gumtree used car price checker to make sure you’re getting the best value.

7. Buy a used car
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We all know that a brand new car depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot. So why not have a look at some of the pre-loved cars on Gumtree instead? You’ll find exactly what you want, at just the right price.

“Buying a certified used car is even better value for money,” says Bad Credit Car Loans CEO Bill Tsouvalas. “It gives you the advantages of a new car for a far cheaper price.”

8. Downsize to a motorbike
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Zip through rush hour traffic on a cost efficient motorbike. You’ll save on petrol costs and travel time too.

Save on fashion
Check out clothing and jewellery on Gumtree for clothes, bags, or shoes that will add style to your wardrobe without the high cost of new.

9. Add a classic piece to your wardrobe
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Find a fashionable addition to your wardrobe. Make your money go farther by sticking to classic styles that will enhance other pieces in your closet.

10. Accessorise for less
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Add some classic shoes and accessories to complete your look without spending your whole pay packet.

11. Invest in a sewing machine
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You’ll save money in the long run by investing in a sewing machine to repair, adjust or even create new clothes that fit you beautifully.

Stretch your food budget
Feeding the family takes up a large portion of the budget, but there are ways to save on food and improve your diet in the process too.

12. Grow an edible garden
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A seasonal garden of fresh herbs and vegetables will add flavour to your cooking and save you money on the weekly food budget.

13. Make your own bread
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The smell of fresh bread is sure to add a homey touch. Making your own is both healthy and economical.

Be frugal around the home
Little fixes around the house can extend the life of your home and your favourite things; making it easy not to spend big on new items. Preloved items from Gumtree such as outdoor furniture, home décor and kitchen items can fill your house for less and make it a home.

14. Arm yourself with the right tools
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The right tools, a bit of know-how, and some hard work will have you fixing and mending so you can hang on to the things you love for a bit longer.

15. Save on outdoor furniture
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outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture can be expensive, but a pre-loved setting like this one looks great and can save you hundreds of dollars.

16. Set the table
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You’ll find all the tableware you could need on Gumtree for a fraction of the price of new.

17. Stay cool for less
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Given the high cost of electricity, keep cool with a fan this summer instead of running the air conditioning unit. Save on big electrical brands like this Dyson fan.

18. Harness the sun
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With the cheapest form of energy in abundant supply, harnessing it with solar panels makes long-term sense for the environment and your budget.

Entertain the family without breaking the bank
The average family spends thousands of dollars per year on entertainment. Movie tickets, books or DVD’s can be a drain on the finances. Read on for some frugal ways to keep everyone entertained with ideas from Gumtree.

19. Save space and money with a tablet
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Buy a second hand tablet on Gumtree and load it up with your favourite movies, music and books for entertainment on hand.

20. Toys galore without the price tag
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Parents with small children are aware that kids outgrow toys before you can blink. There are some great bargains on Gumtree for popular toys like Lego that will seem new to the little ones but will be kind to your wallet.

No need to spend money on a gym membership
You could save $1000 or more per year by giving up the gym membership. Try these money saving ideas from Gumtree instead.

 21. Do some heavy lifting
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Get strong with your own set of weights.

22. Find some Zen
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Stretch your body and your mind in your own yoga studio at home.


This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Gumtrees great. In most things, Gumtree has helped me get the best price n meet the most lovely v people, while having the best fun searching for what I want.

  2. This is good, it makes you want to look in. I suppose it all depends on where someone is at that moment in time in their life about buying secondhand goods, but even if they earn a lot, there are still the bargain hunters.

  3. Excellent tips. Well Done Gumtree. In this day and age people want an instant fix, they forget about the old fashion ways and using their basic common sense.

  4. I only dream of having this car’ then one day i seen it on gumtree ,,I just had to have it,,,, it was a good price, It took me 3 hours on the plane to get there, There it was waiting for me,, love at first site’ drove it all the way home. My dream car. So thankyou gumtree for making my dreams come true.

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