Before I write any more articles (and believe me there are lots of more to come) I wanted to help everyone understand just how much I have saved last year and where the savings came from.
Below is a rough breakdown of the savings I made over the course of 2018 that I can remember / track. I've easily achieved over $4000 in hard cash saved.
I am creating a 2019 version which I will post shortly and then update on a monthly basis.
The programmes that I have already written articles about, are linked to below.
AIA Vitality: $3360
Shopping vouchers - $860
Flights - $2000
Endota Spa - $500
|Accor Hotels - $15||HomeAway Australia - $91|
|Amazon Australia - $1||Interflora - $8|
|Anaconda - $11||My Pet Warehouse - $3|
|BWS - $4||MyDeal - $2|
|Catch.com.au - $2||PetStock - $32|
|Chemist Warehouse - $7||Platypus Shoes - $9|
|Decathlon - $4||RentalCars.com - $18|
|eBay Australia - $2||Virgin Australia Flights - $17|
|Esprit - $7||Vision Direct - $19|
|Everten - $1||Wild Earth - $32|
|Expedia Australia - $7||Woolworths.com.au - $8|
|Helm Bar - $26||McDonalds - $6|
|Meat District Co - $45||Bakers Delight - $4|
|Star Car Wash - $45||Otto Restaurant - $60|
|Eastside Kitchen and Bar - $45||George's Mediterranean Bar & Grill - $35|
Variety of deals and discounts on hotels
Bupa Plus: $150
5 x $30 GoodFood vouchers (via Booking.com)
AMEX Offers: $240
|Qantas Airways - $50||Palisade Hotel - $10|
|Metcentre Pharmacy - $10||Sydney Cove Oyster Bar - $10|
|Wild Earth - $10||Platypus Shoes Aust - $20|
|Rivareno Gelato - $10||Doubletree By Hilton - $120|
Qantas Frequent Flyer Points: 341,884
|AMEX Ultimate Card: 138,140||Qantas Wellbeing App: 1,827
|Macquarie Black Visa: 47,567||Flights: 23,675|
|Qantas Online Mall: 94,731||Woolworths Rewards: 12,180|
|Uber: 464||Qantas Restaurant Bookings*: 23,300|
*Note: no longer available, use TheFork instead
AMEX Membership Rewards: 104,000
Explorer Card: 104,000
Given that I value my Qantas points and AMEX Membership Reward points at 2c each, I would say that I have earned around an additional $7000 in savings.
This would take my total savings in 2018 to in excess of $11000. Not too bad if I say so myself!