Traveling can be very expensive and to some people traveling is unattainable. The stress of how to pay for a vacation out ways the vacation itself. What if you can afford your dream vacation? That with a little thought and planning. You can be relaxing in no time. Here are 15 ways to save money on your next vacation.
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Vacation Savings Account
Most banks and credit unions allow members to open up a vacation savings account. This allows you to set up automatic payments to the account. Saving money in a separate account ensures you will not touch the money until the date of the vacation. No more dipping into the account. You can also request an interest-bearing account. which allows your money to grow.
Imagine all the stuff that people accumulate throughout the year. Purge closets, attics, and garages for unused items. Having a garage sale is a quick and easy way to get a little extra cash for your next vacation. Facebook also has many groups you can join to sell items and they also added a market place. Another great way to earn cash is selling through Amazon.
Use Your Vehicle
With new companies like Uber and Lyft. You can earn extra cash on your free time by using your car to pick up and drop off people. You can also rent your car to others. There are companies that allow you to rent your vehicle out to others. Another quick and easy way to make cash.
Monthly Food Budget
To feed a family of 5 can cost $300 every two weeks. By cutting that cost you can save money. Here is how we saved our monthly food. I started to coupon, although, not that good at it because what they offer on the coupons we don’t buy as a family. However, in most cases, I have found great deals for my family. I use local coupons through the newspaper.
Plant a garden is a great way to save on food. We own several fruit trees that bare fruit throughout the year. We also have veggies and other fruits in a garden that grows.
Phone rebate apps are great as well. You can earn cash back from sites like Ebates, Ibotta, and Checkout 51.
Don’t eat out. I know I love to eat and I love to eat out. However, when it came down to looking at our budget we spent way too much money eating out. Changing this one habit is not only good for the pocket-book but great for your health.
***NEVER GO GROCERY SHOPPING HUNGRY!!!
Pick Up A Side Job
This can be a temporary/seasonal job to earn extra cash. My oldest daughter took up babysitting as a way for extra cash. My husband mows lawns for extra cash. There is an abundance of jobs that can make you extra cash such as altering clothes, house cleaning, babysitting, landscaping, car washing and detailing house sitting, and pet sitting.
When we first bought our home we didn’t know our home can make us money or save us money. Make sure your homeowner’s insurance is up-to-date. We were paying for a dwelling that no longer existed on our property. Just that little change saved us $1000/year. See what your company can offer as far as discounts on insurance. We save money on a home security system. Many companies also offer bundle packages. This can save you money on both home and car.
If you have extra space in your house rent it out using Airbnb. Another great way to save on housing is home improvements. Although it will cost money up front. This can save you in the long run. If you are handy and can do most of these repairs and improvements yourself the better you come out. New windows can keep heat out and cool air in. Updating appliances for better efficiency. All these can save on monthly utility bills. In return more money you can save.
Going solar is a great alternative. After all, who doesn’t want to save the planet? By doing this a few months ago we pay little to nothing on our energy bill. Matter of fact they give us credit as they borrow our energy we get from the sun. This is how we end up not paying an energy bill. Oh, and can I say I am doing my little part in saving the planet. Check your state to see if grants are offered for you.
Cancel your gym membership. There are so many ways to workout and all for free. Saving that extra money each month can really add up. YouTube is a great place to find free workout videos. Also, Pinterest has great infographics for workouts. If you own a video game system. Buy used games such as XBox 360 Kinetic Zumba. Rather than spend money, find things around the house to use. Therefore try recycling items around your house to use for your workout. An empty milk container is great dumbbells when you fill it with water.
Although not a fan of credit cards as they can easily get people in debt. I do have to mention that there are credit cards that help you with vacations in the form of reward points. If you have these credit cards take advantage of them. They are great for airfare as this tends to be the most expensive as far as traveling. There are also credit cards that give you gas perks. You can also do secured credit cards. This is a little safer than unsecured. Secured credit cards ask you to add an amount such as $250 or $500. This can be used for emergencies or travel expenses. You can add any amount and this card can be your spending account. However, I still need to stress when using a credit card that is unsecured you risk APR rates and potential credit problems.
I love this one. After much-needed thought. Do I sometimes miss cable, Yes!, However, I did this a couple of years ago and don’t regret that decision. My family has saved over $1000 a year by cutting the cord. The alternative is Netflix and the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player. We now watch movies and live TV for free.
Lose the Phone Contract
Like the cable, I wanted to save money but not lose the perks. We got rid of Verizon. Although I love them and they are a great company. My bank account was suffering. I was paying more than $300 on 3 phones. This was with shared data and a kid that went over data which cost us, even more, each month.
We needed to add our other 2 kids to the plan and at this rate, we would be living on the streets just to have a cell phone. Therefore I switched to MetroPCS. I was able to get 5 phones for $50. That was at sign up. Now, these phones are not the latest and greatest. But they work and function nonetheless. In addition to great prices, MetroPCS does offer the latest phones. I was looking for something cheap. I was also making sure I wasn’t about to spend tons of money on phones my kids might ruin. New payment $145/month unlimited everything!!
Don’t like couponing, that is okay. After all, you don’t need coupons to save on great deals. You can find great deals on vacations. Great places like Groupon and LivingSocial. In addition, both websites have sections dedicated for getaways. Which include hotel stays, all-inclusive, and activities near your destination.
Use a Travel agent can also save you money and many can offer vacations on layaway. FYI: Did you know travel agents are FREE to use!! This gives your family the option to put a deposit down on a vacation and pay on the remaining balance each month. Cruise lines such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer this as well.
Use a penny jar to collect all that loose change at the bottom of your purse. This adds up quickly. Another great idea is to volunteer to clean someone’s car out and ask them if you find any loose change if you can have it. You do not know how much money falls in the smallest places in your vehicle.
Your Tax Refund
No matter how much you get back to taxes use this towards your next vacation. Another great alternative is to use the tax refund to pay off debt to allow more flexibility in your paychecks.
With all these great saving ideas you are now on track for that dream vacation. Keep in mind not only are these ideas great for vacation planning but also great for helping you get out of debt. I hope you enjoyed a few tips on how to save money. If you have any ideas I didn’t mention please leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers.
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Really great, practical tips!August 2, 2017 at 2:24 pm
Thank youAugust 2, 2017 at 8:24 pm
Great tips! I use a few of these myself, like the tax return, penny jar, and ebates/ibotta. I love the idea of going solar. Might have to look into that!August 2, 2017 at 3:10 pm
I am glad you enjoyed my listAugust 2, 2017 at 8:24 pm
Good suggestions, it’s amazing where we can find money for things we really want to do or have. Good list.August 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm
your welcomeAugust 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm
Great tips which I will keep in mind from now on. Little saving cannot do any harm.August 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Thank you for sharing!
never hurtsAugust 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm
Great ideas! I’ll definitely try some of these out.August 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm
your welcomeAugust 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm
Some great tips in here 🙂 Ebates is awesome and everyone should use them. Thanks for sharingAugust 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm
Yes, I love Ebates.August 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm
Great suggestions! Thanks for sharing!August 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm
your welcomeAugust 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm
Thanks for sharing these ideas!August 2, 2017 at 6:56 pm
your welcomeAugust 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm
Love these kinds of tips! Makes planning for a vacation that much more stress free when you have a plan on saving for it.August 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm
Yes it doesAugust 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm
We do an auto savings for vacations. It automatically comes out hubby’s paycheck each pay period. Your grocery bill is amazing. I need to shop with you! 🙂August 2, 2017 at 9:26 pm
It took years to perfect!! and still working on itAugust 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm
These tips are super-helpful, and can nearly everyone can benefit from them, no matter their financial situation. Thanks for sharing!August 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm
Yes, I want to make sure that no matter the size or income of families they can still enjoy traveling. Many of these ideas are fast money makers. I also tried all of them as I try not to promote what I would not do myself.August 4, 2017 at 1:59 pm
Such great and practical tips! Thank you!August 9, 2017 at 6:27 am
Thank you, Glad you enjoyed.August 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm
These are all great tips. They definitely apply for more than saving for a trip. I see a few that need to be incorporated in my household.August 9, 2017 at 7:38 am
Yes, I use many of these without saving for a trip. It has helped us save money and pay off student loans. Before we bought our home it got us out of debt. These tips are very flexible for any circumstance.August 9, 2017 at 1:06 pm
Thank you for saying use a Travel Agent, somepeople do not realize agents are free to use. And we are able to use multiple companies that are not available for consumers to use for discounts. Thank you lol!August 9, 2017 at 8:04 am
Your welcome. Although I don’t use one as I am in training to be one. I never used them in the past. But I do know the importance of them.August 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm
I love apps like ibotta, every coin conts 🙂August 9, 2017 at 1:53 pm
It sure does when you are saving…August 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm
Love this Amanda ❤ I think we overlook change..I like that you mention change at the bottom of our purse it takes a penny at time to reach our dream vacation excellent writing, tips, and post!!August 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm
Thank you, I know change when added up can really help. I always have change at the bottom of my purse.August 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm
I would so love to cancel our cable! But alas…I am the only one in the house that doesn’t watch TV! LOL! All fantastic ideas! Thank you for sharing!August 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Believe it or not we all love watching TV. But the cost of it was not reasonable. There was more reruns then shows. We still get free tv and movies. Netflix is all we pay for. Which is 7.99/month. Like I said all live tv and international tv we get for free. Local channels come from an antenna local channels are free which you end up paying for with cable and satellite.August 9, 2017 at 9:20 pm
I like to cash in my credit card reward points right before I go on travel. It feels like pure free money and I use that as my spending money.August 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm
Those credit cards can sure come in handy.August 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm
I’ve got to do more research about going solar. I would love the prospect of not having to be an energy bill.August 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm
At first I was on the fence about it. But they were free with a grant my state offered. I only pay a panel fee of $65/month. Way better than a $200 electric bill. I made sure my home owner insurance was ok with it and made no changes.August 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Great suggestions. I’ve cancelled my gym membership because I wasn’t using it. I am trying to get rid of cable.August 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Yes, my husband and I were paying a lot and were not regular goers. I was flushing money down the toilet. Now I take walks and workout at home. With the cable I did the cable and phone at the same time. It was like ripping a band-aid off. I didn’t think it was going to work. I was shocked. I would tell you how I get free TV but that is for another post.August 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm
I plan our trips well in advance and then put money away each week leading up to our vacation. These are great tips. I think I will do a vacation account for a trip to NYC.August 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm
yes that is another great money saver..August 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm
Great tips for saving in general or for vacation!! We need to save for vacation now!!August 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm
Your welcome.August 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm
Love your tips for saving! I love traveling! Growing up My parents definitely saved their tax returns for summer family vacations. It’s a great way to plan accordingly! Thanks for the tips!August 11, 2017 at 3:27 am
your welcome. yes that added money does help.August 11, 2017 at 1:07 pm
Great tips! We used change from our massive change jar to do some big blanket laundry loads last night. Ordinarily, we’d change a teeny and do it, but we used what we had!August 11, 2017 at 7:13 am
Yes, saving that little change can make a big difference. No matter what you are saving it for.August 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm
I put so many of these tips to practice! We have to go on vacation every year otherwise I tend to go a little stir crazy. I see quite a few that I can start though, and that I can save a little more than I have beenAugust 11, 2017 at 7:21 am
Yes vacation is a plus in this house. I love these tips cause they are so flexible and can be used for any situation. Not just for vacations.August 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm
I hate collecting loose change but thankfully my husband saves every coin! I’ve seen the power of collecting it. Once he dumped out over 500 bucks of loose change! I was floored!August 11, 2017 at 7:22 am
We collected around 200 last year and we dip into that jar a lot for lunch sodas etc. Even my kids can get a good chunk of money by saving what they get. Even if it is $20. That is $20 of fun on your next vacation.August 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm
I looked at my cable bill and cut out some channels which reduced the bill, then my mother told me to switch over to the new cable bill company and that reduced it even more, saving about $40. When I need money for my trips, I’ll drive for LYFT.August 11, 2017 at 11:09 am
Yes, cable is not cheap anymore. And Lyft is such an easy way to make money.August 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm
I love going to restaurants and cafés, but cooking your own meals really does save money. I’m not sure if I could give up my phone contract, but your other tips are very doable and practical 🙂August 15, 2017 at 11:28 am
Yea it was hard to say good bye to the phone company but when you can keep your same phone and it is win winAugust 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm
Wow! Great tips to keep in mind. I’m saving for south America next year so will definitely be doing some of theseAugust 15, 2017 at 10:26 pm
Your welcome. South America sounds fun. I hope you enjoy your trip.August 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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I like how there’s tips for every kind of person! To those that only need to save a few bucks to those that need to be frugal. Great tips!February 1, 2018 at 7:50 am
Thank youFebruary 1, 2018 at 8:17 am
You just don’t know how bad I want to cancel my cable! It’s so expensive! One day I am. My contract is super expensive for my phone too! Smh thanks for the tips!February 1, 2018 at 7:59 am
Your WelcomeFebruary 1, 2018 at 8:17 am
Thanks for this great post. I def need to cut some expenses to travel more.February 1, 2018 at 7:24 pm
Yes, These are really easy and work. I save so much money. I have saved thousands of dollars just from cutting cable and phone contract. I pay nothing on my energy bill which also is nice. My family and I don’t spend much on travel either. It is all about budget.February 3, 2018 at 6:14 pm
Great tips!!!! Love them all!February 1, 2018 at 9:31 pm
What I enjoy most about these tips is how practical they are. These are simple to implement in general, not just to save money for vacations or large purchases. I simply don’t like to spend money when I don’t have to.February 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Yes, I have to agree with you. I hate spending money. I do make the exception to travel. I believe material items come and go. Memories can last a lifetime. I do however use this in my everyday life and it works wonders. Matter of fact each one I do religiously.February 3, 2018 at 6:11 pm