Visiting Amsterdam can be expensive, especially when you're on a backpacker budget.
Hostels, eating out, and seeing all of the sights adds up, so saving where you can gets really important if you want to see everything Amsterdam has to offer, (and there's a lot).
I have come up with some really useful tips to try and help you save in areas where you might normally spend.
Hostels and couchsurfing
If you're planning on staying in a hostel, make sure it has a kitchen. This way you'll be able to buy breakfast from the supermarket, and you could even go as far as making yourself some lunch to take with you. This will only cost you a couple of euros, which compared to a breakfast or lunch out in a bar or restaurant, or even sandwich shop.
Amsterdam also has a really big couchsurfing community. If you're lucky, you'll be able to find someone who will host you while you're visiting, although Amsterdam is hugely popular for couchsurfers, so it will really help if you have been an active member in the past. If you're a newbie, you can try and see if you can get hosted as many CSers are willing to give new people a chance.
Top tip: Remember that many of the hosts see it as an exchange, rather than a free hotel service and you should respect that to get the best out of your trip.
Invest in a city card
The Iamsteram city card is a great option, especially if you're planning to hit up all of the touristy sites. Don't forget to grab all of the freebies on it, because these will save you more cash (especially the free croquette sandwich, which is delicious). It includes free entry to many of Amsterdam's attractions and museums, and discounts for restaurants. There is also a transport card included
Top tip: The city cards are sold in various hourly denominations (24, 48, and 72 hours) so however long you're staying you can really make the most of it.
Don't get pulled in to the touristy bars and restaurants:
I know that they look busy, which is usually a good sign when it comes to restaurants but they are more expensive, and you can just go somewhere cheaper. Ask the locals, because they know a good bar when they see one, and they know that you shouldn't be paying over the odds for your beer.
For food, I always use deal sites because you can get some good value meals. It's difficult if you don't speak Dutch to undestand the terms and conditions, but you can try with google translate. Failing that, find a Dutch person who is willing to help you decipher the terms. Sometimes, you have to book 72 hours in advance for a table, so please always check before you buy.
If you're not comfortable with using deal sites, then another option is to check out one of the many places to eat on your Iamsterdam city card, or check out MiniCards, which you can find in hotels and hostels all over Amsterdam. They give discounts to attractions and places to eat.
Take a free tour of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, like many other cities, has a free walking tour. There are two each day, one at 11.15am and one at 2:15pm (booking costs 3 euros) that go from Dam Square. The tour is 3 hours long, and covers the history of Amsterdam. The guides work on a tip basis, so if you want to pay them a little extra then you can, but the whole point of these tours is that if you can't afford to pay, or you don't want to, you don't have to.
Travel tip shared by Ashley Howe