Optimize your student budget in Mauritius: tips and tricks

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Published on 2023-09-22 at 10:57 by Lila Chaleon*
Faced with inflation and soaring prices, it can be difficult to keep a firm grip on your budget, especially when you're an international student in Mauritius. However, you can still find your way through by adopting the right habits.

Food budget

Buy discounted products

Keep an open eye on prices as you stroll across supermarket shelves. To reduce food waste, most major retailers offer attractive discounts on items nearing their expiry date. Although these products have a short use-by date, they can usually be eaten quickly or frozen for later use. It's a great way to save on your grocery budget while reducing food waste.

Visit local markets

Think big! Buying in bulk can really reduce your costs, especially for staples like rice, pasta, and legumes. Also, explore local markets or bazaars. You'll find fresh produce at much lower prices, especially if you go at closing time: the last products left on the stalls are usually sold at low prices. And if you're lucky enough to live in an agricultural region, consider bulk buying directly from local growers. The problem with this method is that if the unit cost of the product is low, it's not possible to buy units. In such cases, it's best to make a group purchase with friends or neighbors.

Reduce your eating out habits

Eating out and take-away meals can quickly strain your student budget. But don't panic! You can avoid these expenses by preparing your own meals. Plan your meals in advance, look for bargains at local merchants, and explore new recipes. You'll find that cooking at home is a rewarding experience that not only helps you control your food budget but also allows you to impress your friends with your culinary talents.

Shopping and entertainment budget

Buy second-hand items

When it comes to updating your wardrobe or getting some new gadgets, think of second-hand products. In general, second-hand clothes, furniture and electronics are often available at much lower prices than in regular stores. In Mauritius, the two main second-hand retailers are The Good Shop and The 2nd Chance Second Hand Charity Shop, but you can also find bargains on Facebook Marketplace and websites like WeShare.mu. Visit our guide to second-hand shopping in Mauritius for more information.

Loyalty cards and point systems

Maximize your loyalty and reap the rewards! Many major retailers, such as Intermart, offer loyalty cards and points programs to reward their regular customers. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Sign up for these programs and earn points, discounts, and even free items with every purchase.

Be patient and wait for promotions

Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to shopping. If possible, look out for promotions. Follow major retailers and malls on social media to be the first to know about sales and special offers. Sales are the ideal moment for finding items at reduced prices. Your patience will be rewarded with significant savings.

It's good to know that some contactless payment apps, like Juice, are packed with financial benefits, offering regular discounts at a selection of stores every day. Check these apps regularly to make sure you don't miss out on any interesting offers.

Save on travel

Try carpooling

Carpooling is an efficient option for saving on fuel. Use the Commute app to find people to share your commute. You can also join Facebook groups dedicated to carpooling in your area. By sharing fuel costs with other passengers, you'll melt your transportation costs. With Commute, users earn CO2 credits for each trip they take. These credits can then be redeemed for discounts at partner businesses. It is a win-win choice for your wallet and the planet.

Bus and metro: your two allies for smart travel

Mauritius has a relatively extensive public transportation network. The metro, in particular, is a fast and inexpensive alternative to the car: a trip from Curepipe to Port-Louis costs just Rs 50, and even less if you have a student card! But while the metro offers the advantage of being more regular than the Mauritian bus system, it won't get you where you want to go.

The Mauritian bus system can seem intimidating if you're unfamiliar with it. However, once you understand the basics, you'll find that it's a convenient and economical way to get around the island. You can get bus timetables and routes from Mauritius Bus Transport (MTBS) or on their website. The mauritius-buses.com website can also be of great help if you have a specific route in mind. As for bus stops, they are usually well indicated but don't hesitate to ask the locals if you are not sure.