One of the main reasons that a lot of people get into vaping (other than wanting to be healthier) is to save money.
Let’s face it, smoking can be incredibly expensive. If you have a pack a day or more habit, you could be looking at a savings of $200-$300 a month, depending on where you live. This can add up to over $3500 a year, which is enough money for two people to take a very nice all inclusive trip to Mexico.
When I first started vaping, there wasn’t a lot of information online, and I had to kind of feel my way through it, while asking advice from the guys at my local vape shop. It resulted in a lot of trial and error, and some wasted money too. In the beginning I was kind of bummed because it felt like I was spending just as much as I did when I was smoking, and I had imagined that I would save tons of money when I switched.
The good news is that things have changed and there is a ton of great information online now that can help you make the switch while keeping the process relatively inexpensive.
Keep in mind if you’re vaping to quit smoking, and not to start a new hobby, then all you really need is a good mod and a tank that will last you quite a long time. Possibly even years if you take care of your equipment properly. Ultimately I think you can still save a lot of money by switching to vaping if you make some smart decisions. This article will give you some of the best tips that I’ve come across over the last few years to make this process as smooth and as cheap as possible.
Top 10 Tips to Vape on a Budget
1- Shop Online
Visiting brick and mortar vape shops is an important part of vaping culture, and it’s a great way to check out new products and hang out with like minded people. But if you are looking to save serious cash, the best deals can be found online.
Online stores do not have the overhead that the brick and mortar shops do, and that savings gets passed on to you. With e-liquid especially, it can be great to try and find new juices at your local shop, and then look for a store that can offer a discounted price and buy your next few bottles online.
2- Find Cheap Websites & Consider Clones
Here’s another point that will probably make me unpopular, but if your goal is to save money while getting the best vape you can, then do your research, find some great sites and get the best deal you can- and also consider buying cloned versions where possible.
There are some great sites out there for e-liquid like Mt Baker Vapor and Vista Vapors. For equipment, you can’t beat FastTech and Gearbest. Also check out Ebay as well.
You’ll find many wholesale companies who are selling their products for a fraction of what you’d spend at a physical location. I’ll cover this further on in the article, but the monthly boxes are a great way to do all of this without all of the work- get your e-liquids and equipment at very low costs with zero effort.
3- Check out the Clearance Section
Almost all of the best online sites offer a clearance section where they will offer greatly reduced rates on products they are overstocked with or discontinuing. Check out Mt Baker’s clearance section here.
In most cases it doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the item, it’s usually just that a newer model has come out, or they company just ordered way too much. This can be a great way to save money.
Also, keep an eye out for online stores that have recurring deals. Stores like Breazy and Gearbest have flash sales almost every week, and Direct Vapor has a “deal of the week” every week.
4- Buy a Full Kit
Particularly when you are first starting out with vaping, you can save a lot of money by buying a full starter kit. These kit deals give you a mod, tank, batteries, charger and sometimes they even offer e-liquid as part of the package.
This not only gives you a great deal, it can also relieve the stress of not knowing what to get, and wondering if everything is going to work properly together.
5- Buy E-liquid in Large Bottles
It can be hard to find a juice that you want to vape every day, but when you do find one, you can save a ton of money by buying it in large bottles.
My favourite sites to buy from are Breazy- for premium e-liquid, because of the variety of juices they offer and also the great deals that they tend to have on a few times a month. (If you can hold out and save your order until a deal is going on, you can save even more!)
6- Build Your Own Coils
Instead of buying pre-built coil cartridges, learn how to build your own coils. It’s not hard to learn, it’s pretty rewarding and fun, and it can save you a lot of money.
Once you’ve learned everything there is to know about coil building, you can really dial things in and customize your vape. Whether you’re more interested in flavor or clouds, building your own coils is going to allow you to get exactly what you want.
7- Buy Spools of Wire
This ties into the point above. A pack of coils usually costs about $20, and you can buy a spool of wire for $3-5, which will last you months longer. It’s a win win situation- a better vape for less money.
If you’ve been buying wire at your local shop, it’s time to switch to buying it online to save even more money.
There are tons of different options, including pre-built twisted coils like Clapton coils, Juggernaut coils, Tiger wire and Alien wire.
8- Make Your Own Juice
Another option if you really want to save a lot of money is to try your hand at making your own e-liquid.
There are a lot of great companies out there that offer full kits that include everything you need to make your own liquid. This can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
All that is involved in making your own juice so combining your base (VG/PG) with nicotine (or none if you don’t need any) and add your flavouring.
There are so many videos on YouTube now that can help walk you through this process, but once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be a pro. There are also a ton of sites that offer up recipes that mimic popular e-liquids, so you can try to make something similar to what you usually like to buy.
9- Enter Contests and Giveaways
There are so many contests and giveaways out there, and if you spend a bit of time each week entering, you may end up winning some product for free!
Lots of reviewers hold contests where you just need to subscribe to enter.
Just check out Facebook and Instagram and like any vape related channels that you can find, and you’ll soon start seeing lots of opportunities to enter. (Stay tuned, as we will be launching our own contests very soon!)
10- Subscribe to a Monthly Box
Monthly boxes are a great way to save a ton of money.
With the best companies, you can lock in your favourite juices, make special requests for the premium flavors you’re interested in trying and each month your curator will review your wish list and create a box that is just for you. The costs range from $15/mo for 2 bottles to $55/mo for 7 bottles. You get an incredible discount when you buy your juice this way. In many cases it’s 50-70% off what you would pay in a store. Add to that you usually get free shipping and you can choose your billing date each month. Convenience and cost savings, how can you go wrong!
Check out Craft Vapery, Zamplebox and Vape-Box.
So, there you have it, 10 tips that can help save you a lot of money when you’re vaping on a budget. I’d love to hear your tips too- so please leave a comment below and I will continue to add to this article as I receive ideas.