Council's 12 top tips to ease the cost of living

It's no secret that the cost of living is going up, so we've put together a list of top tips to help you save money! From lowering your energy bill to saving at the supermarket checkout, we've got you covered.

  1. Find out if you're eligible for a rates rebate or exemption. Brisbane pensioners are entitled to a rebate of up to 40% on their rates bill, and those whose home was made uninhabitable after the February 2022 floods may also be eligible for a rates rebate of up to $1000.
  2. If you're looking to stay healthy without breaking the bank, there are more than 50 active and healthy events a week to get you moving or learning something new. From pilates and aqua yoga to leather crafting and painting lessons, you'll be getting fit, learning at new skill and saving a pretty penny!
  3. Check what food you have in your fridge, freezer and pantry and write down what you need before going to the shops. Shopping from a list could save you $141 per year. Read our food waste page.
  4. Get access to free e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies at your local library. Membership to Council's libraries is free and gives you access to workshops, makerspaces and more more, in addition to the latest page turners. Read our 8 things you didn't know you could do at the library blog.
  5. While you're at your local library, save on fresh herbs by checking if your local library has a community garden. Remember to only take what you need and leave plenty for others. If you want to grow your green thumb, join a library garden working bee.
    Holland Park Library community garden
  6. Use a digital meter or home energy monitoring system to see what your biggest energy guzzlers are. Knowing how you use energy will have you know where you can save energy.
  7. Reduce energy use through shorter showers, switching off lights and appliances that aren't in use, washing clothes in cold water and air drying laundry.
  8. Make the most of Brisbane's extensive public transport network. With a massive range of bus services working in tandem with CityCat and train services, it's easier than ever to get around Brisbane. Check to see if you're eligible for free off-peak travel for seniors.
  9. Pick up a second-hand bike from a Council Treasure Trove, local second-hand store or online marketplace and choose to cycle rather than drive to put more money in your back pocket. Thanks to Brisbane's network of bikeways, it's easier than ever to get around by bike.
  10.  Grab a fresh look for home from one of Council's Treasure Troves. It's a wonderful way to revamp your living space in a way that's good for the environment and good for your bank account.
  11.  Organise a car pool to drop the kids off at school. This can save you time, money and is a terrific way to keep the kids entertained.
  12.  Know what energy tariffs suit your circumstances. Find out whether you're being charged a flat rate or time-of-use charge. Knowing what tariff you're on can help you make choice about how to use your energy in a more cost-effective way.

More information

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Last updated: 12 October 2022
Topics: things to do

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