We all know the importance of saving money. But, let’s face it, setting aside a sum every month is easier said than done, especially as we live in a country where good food, good shopping and good fun can be found wherever you turn.
You might not believe it, but the savings you get from being a Hitch Driver can add up to a substantial amount (a maximum of $896 a week) which you can then use to offset your daily, weekly or monthly expenses.
Still not convinced? Let us prove it to you.
First, we do the math.
Hitch Drivers are able to do a maximum of two trips a day, with up to four pickups per trip.
GrabHitch fares range from S$5 to S$16, putting its average at S$10.
Given that most Hitch Rides are single pickups, Hitch Drivers will receive about S$20 each day if they complete the maximum two trips.
This means the average Hitch Driver – most of whom drive five times a week – will have an extra S$100 in their pocket at the end of each week, simply for giving someone a lift along the way to their destination.
Now that’s been established, let’s move on to the good part – what you can use that money for!
As drivers, we all know that one of the biggest expenses of owning a car is incurred whenever we refuel it, so why not use GrabHitch to help you offset that cost?
For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume that you, like the majority of Singaporeans, drive a 1.6L car, and a full tank of petrol is 50L.
Given that the approximate price of 95 RON (mid-grade) petrol is S$2.20/L, it will cost about S$100 for a full tank of petrol.
Yes, the price may seem daunting at first. But there are discounts and credit card promotions available at petrol stations to bring that cost down further. And once you factor in the S$100 you received from driving GrabHitch, it effectively means you could be refuelling your car for free!
Hitching pays for your parking
On average, the cost of purchasing season parking for your car at a regular residential area in Singapore is about S$120 per month.
In that time, you would have likely already received S$400 as a Hitch Driver, which means you’ll be able to completely cover the cost of your season parking, with substantial change – S$280 – to spare.
The remainder of your monthly savings from driving GrabHitch can then be used to offset the costs of parking at other places.
This means you’ll be able to shop at malls or eat at restaurants in peace without feeling the need to rush off so as to avoid additional parking costs.
Drink more coffee
For the majority of us, we need our caffeine boost to help get us through the day. And there aren’t many better ways for you to use your GrabHitch savings than on a well-brewed cup of coffee every morning.
Have it the traditional style from the coffeeshop, or if you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself to an iced blended coffee for the perfect pick-me-up.
The best part? You won’t need to worry about the cost, because it’ll all be covered by your GrabHitch savings.
There are many other things you can do with your GrabHitch savings, so let your imagination run wild! But here are more suggestions to get you going:
Feast with your extra cash
Because we are Singaporeans, and eating good food is almost like our national pastime.
Catch a movie or two
Whether with friends, your loved ones or even alone, watching a movie (with popcorn, snacks and drinks) is a great way to relax after a long hard day at work.
Load up on more groceries
Be the most popular person in your household by helping to keep the fridge chock-full at all times.
Give yourself and your friends a treat
Love is about respect, care, attention, chemistry and many other factors. But a nice gift for your loved ones – using the cash you’ve saved – wouldn’t hurt either. Depending on how much you’ve received as a Hitch Driver for the month, you could either buy something small but meaningful, or go big and indulge your loved ones – perhaps by bringing them on a short trip overseas, or booking a staycation for the weekend!