After doing something for a while, you start to pick up things as you do it. In my case it was vaping. A few years ago when vaping was in it’s infancy, and there wasn’t that much info out on the internet, I had to do my vape thing by trial and error.
One of the reasons why I got into vaping was to save money. And I’m sure a lot of you out there will say, “I’m spending more money now buying vaping products than I was still smoking.”
Well that’s because you are buying stuff that you want, as opposed to buying stuff you needed when you were smoking.
All those extra mods and tanks you buy, you bought them because you WANTED them. All you really NEED with vaping is a good mod and tank which will last you a long time, years even.
But with smoking, you felt the NEED to buy cigarettes. So you were a slave to the ciggies, so you needed to buy them.
So yes I believe you can still save more money with vaping compared to smoking by keeping your impulse buys in check, but more importantly by following these 10 things that I do that saves me money in the long run when it comes to vape shopping.
10. Shop online – I know this might sound detrimental to vape shops, and they are a big part of our community and are necessary for keeping vaping visible.
But if you want to save money when vaping, your best bet is to shop online. I have saved so much more money when going online compared to going to a brick and mortar vape shop.
I would’ve said the downside to buying online is you won’t be able to test out the product before you use it, but due to the new FDA regulations on vaping, you won’t be allowed to test products in a vape shop anymore either.
Don’t get me wrong, if you have a vape shop you would like to support or have friends or family that run a shop of their own, by all means continue to support them. My point here is if you want to save money, shop online.
9. Find cheap vape websites – There are a ton of them out there, Fast Tech, Gear Best, Angel Cigs, Ebay, etc. For e-juice, it would be Mt. Baker Vapor or Zample Box. There are tons of wholesalers online that sell their products for a fraction of what you would pay for somewhere else.
There are also a lot of manufacturers who sell their products directly to consumers so their aren’t any additional costs or middle men involved. Do your research.
8. Look in the clearance section – Sometimes a site will do a clearance on products that they are trying to get rid of, so they drop their prices down incredibly low. That mod you wanted to buy last month could be in the clearance section now for only a quarter of what it was originally priced at.
Their are also some websites that have a recurring deal they have aside from their clearance section. For example, Direct Vapor has a recurring “Deal of the Week,” while Gear Best has their occasional Flash Sale where they drop prices on a wide number of vape products.
7. Buy full mod kits – Instead of buying part by part, you can save money and time by buying a full mod kit. Full mod kit deals give you a mod, a tank or dripper, batteries, a charger, and sometimes they might even throw in some free e-juice, all bundled at a good price.
This is great for people who want to start vaping. Since there are tons of vape information online, some newbies tend to get overloaded with this and don’t know what to buy.
There are a lot of sites that sell mod kits, but personally I can vouch for My Freedom Smokes since I bought a couple of full mod kits from them and was pleased with my purchase.
6. Buy e-juice in at least 120 ml bottles – This is something I started doing recently, and I have been saving a lot of money on my favorite premium e-juice because of this.
If you’ve been vaping for a while, you probably are aware of the different flavors and brands of e-juice are out there. There are a ton of them, and I’d say about 80% of them are good.
If you have a personal favorite, you can save a lot of money buying that flavor in a 120 ml bottle. My favorite sites to buy from are Vapor Society Supply because of their very wide selection on e-juice flavors and brands, and Ecigarette Empire. Ecig Empire has slightly better prices than Vape Society, and they literally send the juice to me the very next day with expedited shipping. The only problem is they don’t have as much e-juice in their selection as Vape Society.
The other day I bought a 120 ml e-juice of Glazed Donuts by Loaded on Ecigarette Empire which was on sale for $20! If you went to a vape shop, $20 will get you a 30 ml bottle of e-juice. Look at the difference in what you are getting for the same price.
5. Learn to build your own coils – Instead of buying pre-built coil cartridges, why not learn how to build your own coils? Coil building is not that hard to learn thanks to the hundreds of coil building tutorials on YouTube. You’re basically wrapping coils and inserting cotton in between, that’s pretty much it.
Not only that, once you become familiar with coil building, you can determine how many wraps you want and capture that sweet spot you like when it comes to vapor production and flavor. It’s making your vaping more custom to your liking.
I know the going price for a pack of coils which is usually 5 pieces is around $20. You can buy a spool of wire for $3 – $5 dollars and it will last you months longer compared to buying a pack of pre-built coils.
4. Learn to make your own juice – If you want to step it up a notch in saving money, why not learn how to make your own e-juice?
It’s basically combining your base (PG/VG or pure VG) with the nicotine (or none) and flavoring. Just like coil building, there are tons of videos available on YouTube that will show you how to mix your own juice, and some channels like DIY or DIE which give you recipes on how to mimic e-juice flavors.
3. Be on the lookout for giveaways – One way manufacturers and vendors like to promote their products is by doing a giveaway. YouTube reviewers do giveaways in exchange for subscribing to their channel, Face Book groups do it too.
There are tons of vape products being given away for free if you know where to look. If you enjoy watching vape reviewers on YouTube like me, you will come across an occasional giveaway. Giveaways can also be found on social media platforms like Face Book and Instagram. Join as many as you can and your odds will be better.
2. Buy spools of wire – This kind of ties in with learning how to build your own coils, but for those coil builders out there who have been buying their wire at their local vape shop, you have been missing out on savings.
Not only do you get much more for your money, you can also buy pre-built twisted coils like Clapton coils, Juggernaut coils, Tiger wire and Alien wire.
1. Subscribe to Zample Box – I know I shared a previous post stating that I didn’t have the best experience with Zample Box particularly with the flavors they were sending me, but for the price they were giving the juices to me I had no complaints whatsoever.
Zample Box is still a great site to save money on e-juice while getting to discover other flavors that are out on the market.
So there it is, 10 tips I have for all of you who want to save money with vaping. As always, I hope this gives you all new ideas and helps you in saving money. I also welcome your input and suggestions in the comments below.