Want to plan a family vacation but you don’t want to dip into your savings? There are so many things you can do in a years time, to save extra money, that you could then use towards a vacation.
30 Ways To Pay For Your Vacation Without Dipping Into Your Savings
1. Have a garage sale. Or two.
2. Make your own coffee one day more a week than you normally do. That could save you up to $156 a year!
3. Don’t eat meat twice a week. When we were kids, a trip to Europe was a big thing. I had a friend whose family wasn’t wealthy and the way they saved up to go was by changing to powdered milk (instead of fresh).
4. Cut out the latte or specialty coffee. Instead, make coffee at home and bring it in a reusable travel cup. It’s good for your wallet and the environment.
5. Pack your lunch – this can save you up to $1000 / year.
6. Get a short-term second job.
7. Stop buying name brand toiletries and start buying in bulk. Costco has some great deals. Go with a friend and split the oversize packages.
8. Instead of buying that book or DVD, borrow it for free from the local library. Yearly savings: $200
9. Buy the least expensive gas. Generally there’s at least one gas station in town that’s 10 cents less a gallon than the other stations. If you purchase 20 gallons per week, that’s $104/year.
10. Turn the lights off and unplug appliances that aren’t in use. If you can’t unplug the appliances, buy a Smart Power Strip which stops drawing power when the appliance isn’t in use. The device will pay for itself within a few months.
11. Canceling gym memberships for the summer months- exercise outdoors instead- you can save at $20+a month depending on the gym.
12. Get to your own bank for all your ATM transactions. Most foreign bank transactions are at least $1.50 per transaction.
13. As your light bulbs need to be replaced, put in compact fluorescent bulbs. They last longer and save $60 in electricity costs over their lifetime. That’s PER bulb.
14. Turn down the heat or AC. For every degree you can save up to 5% on your bill.
15. Set your washer to cold and save 50% of the cost to heat the water. Only partially dry your clothes and hang them to complete drying. Or put up a clothes line in the summer.
16. Book a package and shop for a deal. Bundling air, hotel and rental car will usually save over booking each individually.
17. Really low on funds this year? Vacation close to home. You’ll save on airfare and possibly hotel rates if you live in a tourist area. Many of us haven’t visited the top tourist attractions in our own hometowns.
18. Consider camping. Although with budget cutbacks, reservations may be tough to get. Book early.
19. Consider staying in a hostel that offers private rooms for couples or families.
20. Consider house-swapping. Instead of paying a hotel bill, swap your house with another family and have all the comforts of home plus the added bonus of being able to save on meals.
21. Drop the land line. You can generally save at least $50/month. Most people have cell phones that they use all the time anyway.
22. Not ready to drop the land line? Can you live without caller id, voice mail and call waiting? Typically these charges are $10, $20 or more per month.
23. Drop the premium channels or cable altogether. That adds up to another $50 or more per month.
24. Cook at home more often. Eating out, even drive through fast food, really adds up, both in dollars and calories.
25. Plan your meals to maximize use of ingredients. Plan your grocery shopping and go as seldom as possible. You’ll save by not buying impulsively.
26. Most towns have a clipper magazine or entertainment book. Use the coupons to save on your meals out.
27. Use coupons for grocery purchases, restaurants and even travel.
28. Before you buy anything, go online and search for “product” coupon code or promo code. Typically you can find savings from 5% – 25%.
29. Carpool. It saves on gas and wear and tear on your car.
30. Check out travel deal websites for free movies, coupons, last minute sales and jaw dropping deals.