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Budget Tips

Make a budget before you leave. Then really try to stick to it.

Study abroad can be expensive. And if you travel a lot, it can be really expensive. Here's a simple plan for preparing for life abroad.

  • Figure out how much money you will have. Consider that you may not work abroad because of time or visa restrictions. How much can you realistically save before going? 
  • Think carefully about what you plan to do while you're away. How much do you plan to travel? How do you plan to get there? Where do you plan to stay? Are you comfortable staying in hostels? You get the idea. 
  •  Consider everyday expenses, like food, toiletries, etc. - they can add up very quickly when you're not used to your environment.
  • Be realistic. You're going to be very tempted to spend lots of money during your first few weeks abroad - you may make new friends and want to go out a lot, especially at the beginning. If possible, allow for "splurges" (especially souvenirs!) when you consider your budget.
  • Try to break down your budget by week or month, then make a solemn vow - or at least a quick promise to yourself - that you'll stick to it. Keep track of how you spend your money once there. If you write it down, you'll find places here and there where you may be able to save. Good luck!

Make your money go futher

Get an ISIC (International Student Identification Card)

This card gives you great deals at different restaurants and attractions. In fact, there are student discounts available all over Europe. Just ask!

Take local transport

Price-wise local public transportation is always the better option over taxis. However, Validate all train and bus tickets! This will save you lots of money should a ticket collector fine you!

Investing in a 3-month transit pass is a good idea. It costs approximately 1480Kc or about $88 and works on metro, trams, and buses. Be aware, although the city’s transportation systems work on the honor code and you might not always have to show your pass, do not try to cheat the system! The fee you are charged for not having a pass is not small, and if you are caught more than twice it is more expensive than buying the pass in the first place!

Buy groceries

Groceries are very cheap in Prague and far cheaper than eating in restaurants. Try going to the small fruit and vegetable stores. They are less crazy than Tesco and cheaper too.

Avoid shopping and eating in tourist areas

Food and souvenirs are less expensive and often better the farther away you are from tourist traps.

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