5 Hong Kong Money Saving Hacks
Sarah Richard – World Wanderer
Spending money in Hong Kong feels like being involved in a real life game of Jenga. One day something that is usually deemed as cheap, I don’t know lets say the burger, is a reasonable price, but then more and more people start to join the game and the price creeps up, however for some reason we just keep playing. ‘$150 for a burger? Oh, that’s reasonable. But wait there is a new place just opened which is supposed to be the BEST. Let’s spend $200 instead’ encouraging the trend to grow like the prices. But then eventually it just gets all too much and crashes down. Goodbye Burger trend, goodbye months salary. On to the next game of Jenga. The thing is though, we just can’t get enough of spending, consuming, entertaining, and why the hell not, we live in the most exciting city in the world. So don’t hate the player, and don’t hate the game, just use these tips to add even more bricks to the tower and keep playing for longer.
MTR Fare Saver
The easiest one out there. This literally requires no effort other than placing your card on a machine. ‘Fare Savers’ are scattered all around the city and give you $2 off your next MTR ride. Just like that. $2 off for doing nothing. Find out where the nearest one is to you HERE.
We’re always staring down at our phones, so why not stare down at an app that can save you money. The latest app to hit Hong Kong ‘Sugar’ has tons of your favourite HK restaurants, bars and cafes offering their products at a much lower price if purchased through the app. What more Sugar are giving $300 FREE credit to all new users in July. Did someone say free cake?
Paying full price for cocktails is so last season. Once it gets to around 4 pm on any given day, most bars throughout HK will lower their prices for a couple of hours. Google ‘Hong Kong Happy Hour’ before you leave the office and head to your nearest watering station. Some start from just $10 a drink!!
Let your inner child out.
We all need to go to Ocean Park at least once a year right? What better way to de-stress than to scream like a child and eat cotton candy. And what if you could do that on your Birthday? For free? Well, you can, bring along your HK I.D. and the ticket is on them. Thanks OP.
Marks & Spencer Madness
It’s our favourite supermarket. But it is just so god damn expensive. Not all the time though. Head over to your local branch any time from around 6pm-close and those lovely little yellow stickers will fill your eyes. All fresh sandwich and salad that are due to expire that day will be reduced sometimes to as low as $10. That’s tomorrow’s lunch sorted.
Sarah is a 26 year old professional world wanderer. 4 years ago she left the UK and everything that offered her security and routine in exchange for a constant life of excitement and adventure. And she is still living it now. Through out working as a Dive Master, freelance writer,running her blog (coffeewithasliceoflife.com) and working along the way she now leads a life as a full time digital nomad. So follow her in her travels, in which ever country in the world she choses, and learn how you can do it too.