First published on 12 Feb 2013. Updated on 14 Feb 2013.
Get a supermarket bargain
Mondays and Thursdays are the days you’re most likely to get specials from the big chain stores, with Fridays usually meaning markdowns for fresh produce. For guaranteed bargains all round, check out supermarket clearance outlets NQR (Not Quite Right) and Cheaper Buy Miles, or you can cough up the $55 joining fee for Costco and reap the rewards of wholesale food shopping.
Leach free wi-fi from a café
Leave the dongle at home and hook up with cafés that offer free internet. Snack on these for starters…
State Library of Victoria; Starbucks; Thousand Pound Bend; Mag Nation Café
Penny Farthing Espresso; Birdie Num Nums; Angelo Pasticceria
Nineteen Squares; St Ali; Eau de Vie
Chimmy’s; Proud Mary
The Duchess of Spotswood
If you’re sick of eating in but can’t afford to splash out on a restaurant, these parks-with-barbecues come with bonus entertainment.