Guide to saving money in Qatar

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From http://blog.iloveqatar.net/2009/03/saving-money-in-qatar/

It's the credit crisis right now they say. We see it on the tv, we read in the newspaper, and the garderner sings it while watering the asphault (Apparantly we need to water our roads sometimes). When I think crisis, I imagine people running around with their hands in the air in a total frenzy screaming "Oh my Gooooood!!!!!!".

Luckily though, that little visual is limited to my imagination. However this next bit of information is far from a dream and is entirely factual.

Money! Yes Money! Are you paying attention now?

Let's talk about a few ways to save some cash or cash in on some special offers.

CashSave (Money Boomerang) - This is a service launched in Qatar which gives you cash back when you buy stuff at certain stores. To be honest I found this by mistake. They should really advertise on ILQ to get out there! Their method is quite special because it works ON TOP of promotions. So if a store that participates has a discount going on, you'll still get cashback. To make things simple, if you go LeNotre for example, just give them your CashSave card (which you get by signing up at their site and getting for free), and you'll be given a cheque with your cashback. It's up to 20% if I remember correctly. After I signed up on the site, I was sent a book with all the participating stores which was handy. http://iccashsave.com/

The Entertainer - You need to buy this book. It's actually quite a substantial investment. The book costs 200QR, however I guarantee that you'll get your money back (or your money's worth) pretty fast. It's basically a book of coupons where you get special prices or two for one deals. They have restaurants and places from all over the place! Including Johnny Rockets, Golf Club, and Children's play areas. You can pick up a copy at most places like Jarir, Virgin, Carrefour etc... http://www.theentertainerme.com/TheBooks/TEQUTAR/EntertainerQatar.html

Qatar Airways Qmiles - We talked about this before and it still stands. Getting Qmiles is very easy and sometimes it can be lucrative. Why not save up Qmiles and then sell your ticket? Save enough and that's a cool 2-4k you've made. You can get Qmiles on your credit card (QNB), through paying your Qtel bill, on their special offers, or even when you go to certain stores like Nokia. http://iloveqatar.net/forum/read.php?7,1975

Airmiles Scratch and Win Offer - This one isn't long term, it's only on for March and there's two weeks to go. To be honest I don't even know why they call their service Airmiles. I mean yes you can get flights but it's more of a rewards program. Once you collect miles you can get freebies on electronics, flights, vouchers, gifts, etc... Now the offer is no matter how much you spend, if you've got an airmiles card you'll get a 'guaranteed to win something' scratch card. You can win anything from Cinema tickets to Air tickets or even Gold and Vouchers. All you do is log in to your account on the website, type the code on the scratch card and it tells you your prize. http://qatar.airmilesme.com/

Thanks to Blitz for mentioning this here

ILQ Discounts - ILQ's always trying to help you get discounts no matter where you go so if you head of to King Koil, Barzan Digital, Lovesac, or Even if you're unsure if there's a discount, let them know that you came from iloveqatar.net! Especially at places Link Travel, Fauchon, 51East, Busy Bees Nursury, and Global DJs events.

Got a special offer or method of saving money? Share it with us on the Qatar Forums !

Of course if you wanted to do a bit of trading use the Qatar Classifieds and do a bit of trading!

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Blitz
18/03/2009

Very useful article amnesia,... thanks for sharing all those cool money saving tips:ty:

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Blitz
18/03/2009

Money saving offer at Carrefour Qatar,..

Carrefour Value Pack

Starting today...19th March until 26th March '09. Limited time so better hurry,.. It's a nice offer if one wants to buy bulks in one go.. most of the things you can buy three at the price of one, food, clothes and accessories.

They also Guarantee the lowest price in town, otherwise they will refund 10 times the difference..

Check out your nearest branch...

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amnesia
19/03/2009

They will really refund 10 times the difference?? That's awesome to know!

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limafoxtrot
13/04/2010

Hi Amnesia

I've clicked several times on "Vodafone and QTel Price Comparison" but I cannot find anything, has the link been taken off?
Thank you

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limafoxtrot
14/04/2010

Thanks Paperboy, the link you provided work, although the image takes ages to load. By the way, the link of the home page takes you to this page "Guide to saving money in Qatar" and I can't find anything on here that mentions the "Vodafone and QTel Price Comparison"

Thanks again :)

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TheGreat
26/06/2010

Thanks for the info....:ty:

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14/04/2010
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Alexa
18/04/2010

Some tips to save money on buying clothes and such.
I ALWAYS do this, and I guarantee you, you will not look cheap. I am a designer, know clothes, and have been told have great style. So try to trust me on this one. :)

Souk Jabor. Great place for shoes, mainly sandals. (I do not recommend buying winter/autum shoes there). If you want something high heeled and fancy, this is the place to go. I picked up a beautiful pair of diamante sandals for 40 QR. IF you go there, you must have time to browse, as there is a lot of "crap", but if you do look, you might find a hidden gem. I do every time I go there.

Perfume/arabic. The small shops around soul Jabor, Al Doha etc. Don't be put off by :arabic" scents. I know a lot of Western people think they are awful. FAR from it! All you need to do is tell the vendor to let you smell the "flower" scents. They are light and absolutely delicious. Don't be shy, try as many as you wish, you are guaranteed to find one you like. They will put it in a small glass bottle for about 15 to 25 QR.
Another good buy are the empty perfume bottles, they are super kitschy, but BEAUTIFUL and quite unique. There are the Egyptian glass ones, very delicate, the metal ones,embellished to the max and the "crystal "ones, shimmering in a myriad of colours. All for 25 to 150.250 QR, depending on size and style.

Shawls. Again, the small shops in the souk, al Deira etc. Again, don't be shy to go into an abaya shop, often you can find beautiful, intricate lace or chiffon shawls. Other shops sell pashminas and such. MUCH cheaper than 'Reishi" etc, but actually more often than not the same thing.

Clothes. Well, you need time, time , time, to look for those. In the souk there are many shops that have pretty good stuff if you take the time to look through everything. I have found beautiful chiffon kaftans,blouses and pants. BUT, you have to understand, it will take time and dedication to find a gem there. This for people who LOVE shopping.

Sana in CC. Yes, it is BIG, yes, there is a lot of garbage. BUT, they have (not always) some great stuff too. I have found dresses there, blouses and night gowns....which when I wore them, were thought to be designer wear. HAH, for about 40QR a piece!

There are a lot more places to check, if you are interested, let me know !

xoxoxo

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