Your Ultimate Aussie Guide to Bargain Hunting
Are you overspending more and getting less? Watching those American “Extreme Couponing” shows and wishing we had that kinda thing here? Well, good news - there’s plenty of ways to get bargains in Australia too! Here are some of our favourite sites to find a bargain.
International travel is opening slowly but surely, with a few hiccups on the way; but as long as you keep COVID-19 safety precautions, we’re now pretty much free to explore our backyards. You’ll find great deals on flights on price comparison websites like Webjet. They aggregate all of the offers available from the airlines they work with. Then, they present them in a neat, easy-to-understand form. Too easy!
Have you ever wished there were thousands of bargain-obsessed people scouring the Internet to find you the best deals? Turns out there is: meet Ozbargain, Australia’s bargain-hunting community! You’ll find hot deals, coupons, vouchers, and more on practically anything; from phones to kitchenware, gaming gear to half-price Weetabix. This site is daily fodder for committed bargain-hunters across the country!
You may have heard about the Barefoot Investor describing a “lazy tax” costing Aussies hundreds per year. And sadly, it’s true: too many of us are paying way more than we have to for electricity. Market deregulation was brought in to encourage competition and lower prices; but in practice, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. From people on lapsed 24-month contracts paying the hyper-expensive Default Market Officer; to people on the standing offer that’s the most that your energy company can legally charge. Fortunately, electricity comparison is too easy with Econnex! Just spend a few minutes answering questions, and you’ll get a list of offers from an approved panel of companies. The list includes some of the main conditions of the contract, so make sure to review what you’re signing up for. And if you find electricity plans confusing (and many people do!), you’re in the right place! Econnex has heaps of info about what all the terminology and jargon mean. Best of all, once you’re ready to make the switch, they’ll even process it for you. No more calling up and dealing with dozens of salespeople. Just a few clicks and you’re all set for seriously cheap energy!
This one may not come as a surprise to you, since 1 in 6 Aussies has an Airbnb account! But conversely, that means 5 in 6 of us have never made an account, let alone booked a place. For everyone else, it’s worth looking at what’s available on Airbnb next time you’re thinking of booking a hotel. Airbnb owners don’t have to pay for marketing and try to get attention in a crowded market of hotels; that means they can afford to charge significantly less than hotels do. You’ll find all sorts of accommodation from cute quaint heritage cottages to luxe stays, and prices are often very reasonable!
We hope we’ve helped inspire your bargain hunting adventures, and thanks for reading! Keep an eye on our blog for more great content like this.