1. Don’t eat out (and don’t order in)
It can be tempting to whip out the phone when you’re hungry and get that burger delivered with just one tap, but if you want to save, those $5 deliveries add up not to mention the cost of the food itself. Plan your meals ahead of time and grab some groceries for a cheap weekend being your own head chef. Don’t feel like cooking on your weekend clock? Cook up some meals during the week and store them in the fridge or freezer so all you’ll need to do is heat it up. Easy.
2. Avoid paying for transport
A sure way to spend your money this weekend is to Uber everywhere. That Go Card might be looking a bit low on funds too. But you can still get out and about. Take advantage of Brisbane’s free transport like the City Loop bus and the free City Hopper ferry. You can also borrow a bike (we have free ones for rent for Student One residents) or of course walk. For more ways to get around Brisbane, check out our guide here.
3. Do free activities
Check out Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, head to the Brisbane Museum, or people watch in Queen Street Mall, it’s all free. Visit Brisbane’s made a list of 44 free things you can do in Brisbane is a great resource for ideas. And there’s also these free art experiences and these free comedy, events and entertainment. All located close by.
4. Don’t drink
Ahh yes, alcohol is a sure way to burn cash quickly. To avoid drinking all together, check out these things to do without alcohol in Brisbane City. You’ll still have fun but your wallet will be thanking you later.
5. Spend time in nature
You know what costs nothing? Exploring nature. Head to Mt Coot-tha and check out the Botanic Gardens, the tropical display dome and go for a hike up the mountain. There’s lots of different tracks for different levels of effort. And if you don’t want to venture that far, there’s beautiful green space at the City Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point and South Bank, all within walking distance. Want more hikes and walks in and around Brisbane? Check out our list here.
6. Avoid making impulse purchases
A last minute outfit, a cash register chocolate bar or a cold soft drink, these things are all tempting, but also all add up. It is super easy to get tap happy with your credit or debit card, which is definitely a big no when you’re on a budget. Not sure how to strengthen your willpower and back away from the eftpos machine? Try leaving your wallet at home or only carrying around some cash in case of emergency.
7. Carry a reusable water bottle
When you’re out and about living your best weekend life, staying hydrated is key. While most venues will offer free water, take a reusable bottle with you so you can fill up on the go and won’t be tempted to pay for a bottle of water. Added bonus: this is better for the environment too.
8. Stay in
Hanging out with friends doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend money. There are lots of free activities you can do with mates. Try heading to a park and throwing around a ball or going for a walk. For ideas closer to home, how about a movie night at one of the Student One cinemas, heading to the Student One games rooms for a game of pool, ping pong or foosball, or checking out the Student One music rooms for a jam sesh.
9. Skip the gym membership
Exercising is a great part of many peoples weekend routines but that doesn’t mean you have to pay up for a gym membership. Use one of the Student One gyms, head to free events such as Parkrun – a 5km fun run every Saturday morning – or use gym equipment in parks. Brisbane also has a range of free and cheap sporting facilities that you can utilise, check out our list here.