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11 Backpacker Tips to Save Money on Food

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How to save money on groceries.

Compared to some other countries, food in New Zealand can seem pretty expensive. Some backpackers want to claw their eyes out when they see the price of dairy products. But, alas! We have found a few money-saving solutions when food shopping in NZ! Read on to find out…

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1. Don’t drink too much.

Being an alcoholic is costly, especially when buying drinks in bars.

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2. Cook in your hostel.

Every hostel in New Zealand has a kitchen. Use it and save! Here are some easy meals to cook in a hostel, if you need inspiration.

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3. Check price per KG.

For the love of backpacking, check the price per kg on every item! Price and packaging can be very misleading.

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4. Always check the free food shelf in your hostel.

Backpackers who leave their food behind in a hostel practically donate to other backpackers.

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5. Use hostels that offer free breakfast!

Because it’s free breakfast!

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6. Don’t cook too much.

Save and eat any leftovers. Everything in the bin is money out of your pocket.

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7. Do your food shopping just before closing time in the supermarket.

Fresh items will be reduced for a quick sale.

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8. Don’t go food shopping when you are hungry.

You’ll get “eyes bigger than belly” syndrome and buy much more!

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9. Get a loyalty card.

Such as Flybuy in New World supermarket and OneCard in Countdown.

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10. Find cooking friends.

Cooking with others means you can split the cost of food and make slaving over a hot stove fun.

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11. Buy VERSATILE ingredients.

So you can use them in many meals again and again and again!

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If you are reading this, then we guess you like food.

Here are a few more articles to help you food shop on a budget:

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