Running out of money will put a dampener on your Schoolies celebrations. Set a budget before you go to Schoolies by making a list of everything you will need to help you work out how much you will need to save.
Remember to allow for incidental or unexpected expenses too, such as a trip to a theme park or a taxi fare home from the Hub.
If you think the cost per person is too high and you won’t be able to save enough money for the week, you can always add one more friend to the group or look at cheaper accommodation. Units, rather than hotel rooms, usually work out cheaper overall because you can buy and prepare your own food.
Once you have your budget work out your daily allowance. If you overspend on any given day, adjust how much you have left to spend the next day.
Here are some other useful tips:
when you go out, keep some emergency cash in a pocket, shoe or sock, away from your wallet, just in case it gets lost or stolen.
When you buy and item, get a receipt and hang onto it in case you need to return it.
In most shops, you are only entitled to a refund, exchange or repair when the goods are faulty, damaged, don't match the sample/description or are unfit for their purpose. You are not entitled to a refund if you change your mind, decide you can't afford something or find the same thing cheaper elsewhere. You cannot ask for a cash refund if you did not pay cash.
You can ask for a refund or repeat service when a service you pay for does not match the description, advertisement or demonstration or does not do the job it is supposed to.
Schoolies cannot be banned from shops but some shops may have conditions of entry displayed (e.g. staff reserve the right to refuse entry to people who are drunk). If you misbehave or are disruptive, the staff have the right to ask you to leave. If you do not comply, they can contact the local police.