There are so many wonderful reasons to take a vacation. It can reduce stress, it can create memories that will last a lifetime, and it’s just a lot of fun! Unfortunately, it isn’t cheap.
It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling halfway around the world or you’re planning a long weekend one state over, it’s always a good idea to save as much money as you can before you pack your bags. Here are four tips that will help you save up a little more money that you will be able to use to make your vacation more enjoyable.
Reduce or Eliminate as Many Fees as You Can
You probably already know there are some services you can get rid of to save a little extra. You can get rid of cable and listen to music for free online, but it’s often the tiniest fees that add up the fastest. Reduce or get rid of those fees and you can pocket the cash.
Switch to a bank account that doesn’t charge any checking account fees and choose an affordable money transfer service that features low fees when sending money overseas.
- Use Credit Cards with Airline Mile Benefits
You have probably already heard the advice to reduce credit card spending, but that doesn’t mean all credit cards are bad. You just have to know how to use them.
If you’re a traveler, it really pays to sign up for a travel-based credit card with an airline miles benefit. That way, every time you use your credit card, you can rack up your points so you don’t have to pay for your next seat on an airline. Just make sure to pay off your card so you don’t lose your benefits to a high interest rate.
Cut Back on Paying for Food
Food is a huge expense. It’s also the one area of your budget with the most wiggle room. Adjust how you pay for food and you can save tens or even hundreds of dollars each month.
Start by reducing the number of times you eat out. Take your lunch to work and invite friends and family over for dinner instead of eating at a restaurant.
You can also save at the grocery store. Buy in bulk on items like toilet paper and paper towels, use coupons, and plan your meals around what is currently on sale.
Sell Some Stuff
Chances are, you’ve got some stuff you can sell. It could be designer handbags, tools, or baby items. There are some really great ways to sell your stuff that include:
- The pawn shop
- A consignment shop
- Social media
You can also make things that can be sold. From jewelry to pottery and paintings, you can use websites like Etsy to sell your homemade goods.
Your next vacation will be a lot more fun with a little extra money! With these tips, you’ll be able to save a little here and there so you’ll have a pocket full of cash by the time you’re ready to leave.