Being a tourist in Maui and actually living in Maui are SOOO different. When I visited Maui last January I knew I was only here temporarily. I go a lil nuts on vacation! I want to do and see everything! Adventure, restaurants, activities, locals – you name it I want to experience the best of what the area has to offer.
But my mindset has been completely different now that I know I am gonna be here for a bit. Being smart with money is a real factor to surviving and lasting here. You don’t see locals living it up like a temporary tourist does. It’s just not possible. I spose unless you are rollin in the dough (not me ha).
There really isn’t a “one stop shop” for everything you need in Maui. People go to _ for _ but then they know to go to _ instead for _, and so on. It helps that many places give a discount to locals but you still need to be smart about where to go for what.
The following is what I have noticed so far for cheap go-to options:
– Gas: about $1 cheaper per gallon than anywhere else! Even if you never go IN the store the membership is worth the gas savings long-term. Because of this there is typically always a long line. *Tip – it doesn’t matter what side your gas tank is on. You can go to either side as there is a hose extender to reach to the other side. No waiting saves time!
– Bulk items
Walmart – I know I know. I’m a MN gal and Target will always be my #1. I’ve never liked Walmart. But this one is the exception. Clean and cheap. Works for me! #islandlife
– Plastic bins for clothes and accessories
Target – Oh my main squeeze! Not as good of prices as the mainland (obviously) but still worth the trip.
– No bags! – You have to pay $.95/bag so be prepared to bring bags! This goes for many stores on the island but I just didn’t expect that from Target!
– Clothes hangers – $1.99 for 12 (great deal here!)
– Laundry basket
– NOT clothes hangers – $7.99 for 10 (rip off!)
– Clothes for cheap (just need to sift)
– Housing: the #1 way to find a place to lay your head at night. Most every listing uses this site. And you can filter by price to hopefully find your gem within your budget. What I wound up doing is splitting a 1BR with a friend on a month-to-month lease to make it work in the beginning. You do what ya gotta do!
– Jobs: obviously having a income is essential to surviving. Craigslist is actually the go-to place for finding and landing a job! In fact – I found all my job opportunities on this site alone! Very different from the mainland indeed!
– Any and everything!
– These online options are still valid for Hawaii. Would be ideal to have Amazon Prime for the free shipping though!
– Ha juuust kidding. These are more luxury and expensive options that should be avoided unless absolutely necessary (especially Whole Foods) maybe one day I can shop there!
Maui Virtual Garage Sale (Facebook group)
– People sell any and everything…and for pretty darn cheap!
Hope these shopping tips help you out. Even if you don’t live ON Maui just know there are options to make your dreams come true – even in an expensive paradise