A few little ways to save money & improve your lifestyle

Date: 8th July 2013


Perhaps you’ve given up your hectic city lifestyle to enjoy a more enriching and relaxing existence in Wanaka.  Here’s some ideas to make most of the amazing resources our community has on offer and enrich your life…


–        Be a volunteer – soak up the positive vibe of Wanaka & be part of the action whilst lending a helping hand.  Here’s a good example: you can earn yourself a day pass for every day spent volunteering at events at Cardrona Alpine Resort.


–        Visit the Wanaka Farmers’ Market.  It runs Thursdays at 4pm in Spencer House Mall for winter months and at Lismore Park during the summer.  Whilst not all items sold at the market will save you money, if you choose wisely you can get a bargain and eat healthier, locally grown fruit, vegetables and eggs.


–        We know you’ve heard it before, but seriously, grow your own food.  Whether it’s just some strawberries and herbs grown in containers, or the full shebang with raised beds and chickens in the back yard, it gives you amazing satisfaction and can save you a fortune!  When starting out concentrate on the easy to grow vegetables like beans, potatoes, garlic, beetroot, pumpkins; hardy herbs like thyme, rosemary, and parsley; and if you have the long-term in mind, plant berries, stone-fruit and apple trees.


–        Don’t throw food scraps in the rubbish (it’s bad for the landfill and you consume more of those expensive blue bags).  Turn the scraps into compost and use it on your garden.  Or feed it to your chickens!


–        Go foraging.  Did you know that porcini mushrooms grow around our parts in the autumn? (a little research required here so use Google or our lovely local library!) That there are a number of fruit trees in the public space on the lakeside walk from Bremner Bay towards Penrith Park?


–        Share produce with friends and neighbours.  If your neighbour has an apricot tree with more fruit than they can use, offer to make them some jam in return for the main ingredient!


–        Join a babysitting trade club.  Don’t pay for a babysitter, trade time with like-minded people


–        Learn to knit, sew or upholster – check out the Messenger for people offering courses or visit Community Networks website 


–        Go local second hand shopping on-line.  Find some local bargains, or sell your unwanted items by joining the Upper Clutha Trading Post or Wanaka Trading Post on Facebook or check out our fantastic opportunity shops: the Salvation Army Op Shop in town, the op shop at Wanaka Primary School, or Wastebusters Recycle Centre.


–        Make a regular visit to the Library or the Wanaka Toy Library for your books, DVDs and kids toys.  Did you know the documentary DVDs can be borrowed for FREE from the library?


–        And finally, pretend you are a one-car household.  Leave your car at home and ride your bike or walk to school or work.  If you live further afield, try carpooling or hitching at least one day a week.



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