Hello, everyone!

There’s no denying the convenience that Uber brings to commuters. Whereas regular taxi cabs will deny you a ride for a hundred reasons, Uber ensures everybody gets a ride without any questions asked. While Uber definitely gives taxi operators a run for their money, it’s not necessarily the cheapest alternative around. Compared to other public transport systems like trains and subways, Uber is still relatively more expensive. If you’re on a budget and want to stick to Uber because it’s cleaner, safer and gives you peace of mind, here are a couple of tips on how you can save on an Uber ride.

1. Look for promo codes

Uber can be very stingy with promo codes unlike GrabCar but this site allows you to search for active promo codes you can use as a driver. Looking for promo codes may be a challenge for riders. But sometimes you don’t even need one because Uber is generally cheaper than most ridesharing apps.

2. Get you first rides for free

For first time users, trying Uber is very easy. Just download the app using your mobile phone. It’s available on both Android and iOS. Before creating an account, search online for Uber invite codes and take note of one. Anyone who has an Uber account has a unique invite code. Ask your friends for their invite code and use it to create your profile. They’ll thank you for it!

On the application, create an account by supplying the required details such as your full name, email, and mobile number. On the promo code field, enter your friend’s invite code. You can link your credit card or PayPal account as payment options, or you can also use cash. Just follow the steps and finish your application and go ahead and start using the app!

By using an invite code you can get your first rides for free! And your friend also gets the same incentive for inviting you. Free ride amounts vary per location. 


3. Plan your travels wisely

If you’re a frequent Uber user, no doubt you know about surge pricing. This happens when there’s a high demand on a certain place. When you book a ride on a location with towering demand, the app will display increased rates according to a multiplier they’ve set. This usually happens during rush hour, or when it’s raining and everybody seems to want to get off the street fast.

To avoid surge pricing, there are two ways. You can sign up for notifications telling you when the surge is over. Or you can go to a less dense location where the surge is not in effect. Sometimes the difference between a 1.2x surge is only two blocks away so it’s definitely a good option if you really want to get a ride.

4. Use UberPool

Uber has a lot of services, there’s UberX, XL, Black, and Premium. Around a year ago, Uber launched an additional service called UberPool. This option allows you to share your ride with a stranger. It’s Uber’s most affordable ride option to date, and it’s been accepted positively in the cities it was launched. The concept is similar to carpooling, where you can share a ride with a stranger heading in the same direction. If you’re not in a rush it’s a great way to save money!

Do you use Uber? Do you have any tips to using Uber on a budget? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Createyou86
    September 20, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I interviewed for a corporate job with uber, and I wouldn’t recommend it. You have to go through their inspection which is very pricey, and you have to rent an iPhone from them for the maps feature etc. The company has had so many problems it just isn’t worth getting involved unless you are willing to shell out a lot of money at the start. Thanks for sharing this info though it is always interesting to see tips and tricks that others have found.

  2. September 20, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    The Uber is very convenient; I especially love that they come to you; you don’t have to go them

  3. Jasmin N
    September 20, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    These are great tips if I ever go to somewhere where this Uber thing is legal 🙂
    Heard great things about it!

  4. September 20, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    These are great tips! I’m going to have to look for more promo codes to support my Uber habit 🙂

  5. September 20, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    To be honest, I’ve never used Uber even though I’ve heard a lot about it. Surely, I’ll use your tips in case one day I need to use Uber as a transportation vehicle. Thank you for sharing the tips!

  6. September 20, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    This was very useful !! To be honest with you, not too long ago I wanted a ride and I was thinking of Uber but it was too damn expensive so now I’ll try your ways!

  7. September 21, 2017 / 4:54 am

    I have to admit that I have never tried Uber. I have often thought about it, but have decided against it. Thanks for helping me gain courage (and tips) to actually try it. Thanks!

  8. September 21, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    UGH! I live in Billings, Montana and UBER is not something that you really want to use! Since we have such a small town there aren’t very many UBERs running around and that makes them C R A Z Y expensive to use! BUT , when I go on vacation I’m totally using these tips!

  9. September 21, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    Hi there, I love your tips about the surge! I’ve always wondered is there a way to figure out where the surge is in effect? If not, uber should add that to their next update! 🙂

  10. September 22, 2017 / 4:10 am

    Uber is great! I actually love it 🙂 so convenient and the drivers are so much fun! (most of the time)

  11. Irina
    September 24, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Uber is a great alternative to taxis! Thanks for sharing these tips!

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