Ever considered vaping but got scared because of the potential costs?
To outsiders, vaping looks expensive. You’ll have to buy a kit, some mods, and then your constant supply of e-liquids. This might scare away those who have been wanting to try vaping, especially when the prices of these supplies will get higher when the government taxes them.
However, vaping on a budget is 100% possible. You won’t even have to settle for low-quality items; you can enjoy the experience without spending more than you need to. It may be the solution to start a new hobby like cloud-chasing or to help quit tobacco smoking.
How is this possible? Read on to find out!
Get it Right the on the Get-Go
Do you want to know how you can save more in the long run? Don’t buy the cheapest set-up you can find.
This is one of the biggest money sinks in vaping. Users who wanted to save would buy vape starter kits with questionable quality and then buy again once their flimsy set-up breaks. They do this cycle again and again not knowing that they’re wasting money by buying cheap.
If you buy a reliable set-up in the first place, you won’t have to keep buying, which will save you more money than you would have if you bought a cheap vape. We do recommend buying an affordable one if you want to try if vaping is right for you, though, we imagine that trying one of your friends’ is still cheaper.
Don’t think that you’ll have to shell out a huge amount of money either. There are affordable vape starter kits that will last you a long time, but you will have to exert more effort into finding them.
Try reading reviews on Google and see which brands give a good value for their price. You can watch YouTube reviews or ask experienced vapers around you for their opinion, too.
Don’t worry when the time that you’ll want to upgrade your set-up comes. There are also cheap vape mods that will fit within your budget. However, make sure you only buy from a reputable company as fakes are everywhere.
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is also a good way to save because companies usually give out discounts if you make a big purchase. Like with our tip above, you’ll have to shell out more money in the beginning, but you’ll eventually feel the savings as you utilize your gear and e-liquids.
This also applies when buying bigger bottles of e-liquids. If you find a flavor you like and you can see yourself using it for a long time, don’t hesitate to buy a big package. It’s usually cheaper by the weight.
Taking buying in bulk to a whole level, e-cigarette co-ops are a group of people who get their supplies from Chinese manufacturers. As a group, they can make a wholesale purchase that comes with a huge discount.
You’ll usually find these groups on Facebook and forum sites like Reddit. Of course, you’ll have to exercise patience and caution.
Dealing with strangers on the internet is still risky, but there are legit ones out there that won’t run away with your money. If you know someone who participates in this activity, ask which ones you can join. This will be safer at the least.
Take Advantage of Sales and Deals
Online and brick-and-mortar stores have sales where you can score your favorite e-liquids or that mod you want for lower prices. They also have regular deals, like BOGO and such, that should allow you to save more.
Websites like Blazed Vapes have great deals on top of affordable prices.
If you want to get updates on sales, subscribe to your favorite stores’ email list. Some stores don’t have it, though, so you can try looking them up on Facebook or other platforms.
If they have a social media account, follow them there as well so you’ll see their posts and updates right there on your feed. Facebook even allows you to get notifications when a page or person publishes a post. Sometimes, stores will run contests and such on social media as well.
Coupons and Referral Programs
Some vendors give out coupons on certain occasions, such as when you share their social media post or when you make a purchase for the first time. If you want to save big on vaping, you’ve got to have an eye on these things so you can take advantage of every store’s offerings.
You’ll also find stores with a referral program of some sort. This is the perfect time to urge your smoker friends to quit smoking and switch to vaping. Make sure they buy from the store, though.
Budget and Monitor Your Vaping
Having a limited budget means you have to keep an eye on where every cent goes. To start monitoring your vaping expenses, set a budget first. How much are you willing to spend per month on this activity?
Then, track how often you buy stuff, the prices of each stuff you buy, and how long does a consumable item like e-liquids last. Take note of how long it takes you to go through a bottle of vape juice. Either adjust your budget according to your habits or adjust your habit according to your budget if you have limited funds.
If you have something you want to buy but it’s not in the budget, force yourself to spend less than your budget and save what’s left at the end of each month. You can also save some of your cash for that month and spend only what’s left; this is the preferable solution.
The good thing about keeping a budget is that you’ll be more mindful of every purchase you make, so this has a side effect of getting you to be more frugal. Note that while keeping track takes time, the hardest part will be sticking to your budget.
Save on E-Liquids
After buying a set-up, you’ll have to shell out money for the e-liquid. For reference, 10 mL of vape juice usually lasts 3 to 7 days, depending on how much you use per day. The average user uses up around 2 to 3 mL per day, but if you’re a heavy user, you might not be able to save at all.
Aside from buying less, are there other ways to save on e-liquids? Read on to find out.
DIY Vape Juices
Some smokers started making vape juices themselves, allowing them to adjust the nicotine level, flavor, texture, and more according to their liking. More than that, the DIY route is often cheaper.
If you want to venture into making DIY vape juices, make sure to buy ingredients that won’t expire in bulk.
However, keep in mind that making an e-liquid isn’t as easy as mixing all the ingredients in one bowl together. It takes time and practice before you get to the point that you like what you’re creating.
It might also take away the simplicity of vaping for you. Moreover, there are affordable premium e-liquids by professionals who have the right knowledge and experience. Hence, this option might not be viable for some.
Buy Small Bottles
If you get bored easily or you want to try a new flavor, stick to small bottles. Look for manufacturers that offer smaller options, so you won’t have to commit to one flavor for a long time.
If you end up not liking a flavor, you’ll either have to keep it stored (which is a waste of money) or power through it (which will diminish the vaping experience). You won’t have this problem if you buy in small quantities.
Furthermore, you can alternate between different flavors when you buy small bottles of each. This is great if you don’t like huffing the same flavor every day.
Maintain Your Gear
You paid good money for your vaping gear; you want to make it last its lifetime, don’t you?
Too often, we see smokers neglecting their kits because they don’t see the harm they’re causing. “It still works fine,” is a phrase we usually hear. The thing is, it might work fine right now but it won’t before you maximize its use without maintenance.
For the budget-conscious like you, maintain your gear by cleaning it every time you change a flavor to get the most out of your money. Give it a weekly cleansing and do a deep thorough cleaning every few weeks.
You won’t have to clean some components; you replace them instead. An example is the coil, which will need replacing every 10 to 14 days. The more you vape, the faster you’ll go through the coil and vice versa.
For how to clean your vaporizer, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Vaping on a Budget is Possible
Now that you know how vaping on a budget works, you can now embark on this journey without worrying about spending too much. Keep these tips in mind and stick to your budget to keep costs as low as possible while you enjoy the experience.
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