With 2020 coming to a close, I think we are all due for a vacation. However, with the economy tanking and millions of people losing their jobs, many cannot fathom spending their money on travel. These easy tips help you find ways to save money for travel in the future!
Shockingly, you do not need to spend a fortune to travel. Below are 32 ideas to save up for a vacation. If you are cruising check out the top cruise money saving tips.
Eat at Home
One of the best ways to save a lot of money is eating at home. The bottom line is a box of mac and cheese can feed you and your family for far less than the local restaurants or drive-throughs.
Go to the Library
Many love to purchase their newest book from a book store, but your local library will save you a lot of money! If you are more of a digital reader, you are in luck. Many libraries offer an online selection in addition to their in person collection.
Take Shorter Showers
An easy way to save a few extra dollars every month for your travels is water costs. Not only will you be helping your wallet, but you will also be helping the global environment crisis!
Cleaning out your closet may surprise you. Not only will you be better able to find your things, but you will find clothes you haven't worn in months or even years. Sign up for a Poshmark, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace account to start making money on un-used clothes.
Free Museum Passes
Did you know that you could get free local museum passes from your local library? This incredible resource is a great way to save money through exploring your hometown for free! All this saved money can then by funneled towards future travel adventures.
Jog around the Block
Drop that gym membership and find ways to workout around the house. If you do not like to work out alone, find a motivated friend to workout with.
Make your new-found home cooking efforts go further by prepping your meals for the week. You will save on total costs of ingredients and save time for other things. For a bonus, use scratch ingredients that cost less than processed, convenience foods (and they are typically healthier!).
Become a Minimalistic Dresser
People who dress with fewer clothing items tend to save more money. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you really need to head over to TJMaxx to pick out another pair of shorts. Prioritizing timeless pieces and adding your own flair does not need to be expensive.
Research shows that eating a filling breakfast will curb your appetite for later. Fill your tummy at home with an inexpensive and nutritious meal like eggs and toast so you do not feel the need to purchase an expensive, big lunch later.
Pay Your Bills Online
Not only is this now universally accepted by most bill companies, but you will save money on postage. This tip will also help you be on time with payments and avoid late fees.
Opt for Netflix
Cable TV comes with a high price tag. Rather than paying over $60 a month for your channels, invest in a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu. With thousands of shows and movies, you will not be disappointed.
Double Check Broken Things
Try not to give up on your broken things so easily. Sometimes that old phone just needs a new battery, and the hem in your skirt will be repaired in a couple minutes.
Pack Snacks and Drinks
When going out for a daytrip or longer, make sure to pack snacks and drinks. You will save hundreds of dollars on this a year if implemented correctly. I recommend keeping a couple drinks and snacks in your car at all times.
Stick to Your Shopping List
This is kind of a no-brainer, but making a shopping list at home is proven to help avoid buying unnecessary items. It also helps to stick to this list when at the store to avoid wandering eyes.
Use Travel Saving Sites
Take advantage of sites like Priceline.com and Kayak.com when booking your travel. You will always get a more competitive rate at sites like these compared to calling the hotel or airline directly.
Save. Save. Save.
Setting a savings goal is a perfect way to fund your travel. A defined goal can motivate you to make some small adjustment in order to meet it and find success.
Cook Frozen Veggies
While fresh vegetables are amazing, especially in season, frozen is still pretty good and definitely won't go bad. Often coming at a cheaper price tag, opt for frozen veggies as frequent as possible.
Watch for Clothing Sales
Watch for sales at the clothing retailers that you prefer. Do not let the sale entice you to just purchase something. However, you can utilize these sales to buy something you have been dying to have for a while.
Watch ATM Fees
Watch out for fees, especially at the ATM. Try to only use ones that are associated with your specific bank. Otherwise, you will get hammered with unnecessary fees from both the ATM company and your bank.
Do Research Before Big Purchases
Doing a little research before buying cars and any other major purchases can go a long way. While it is not as fun as shopping for that new car in person, it is great to know which products have a reliable system and affordable price before you shop.
Be Skeptical with Health and Beauty Products
As one of the leading industries for consumers in the United States, you are definitely gonna wanna watch how you spend. Which a precious few items may be worth the cost, many times you will be paying a premium for a pretty package.
Bring a Lunch from Home
Packing your lunch for work or school will obviously cut costs, a lot. While not the most exciting change, bagging your lunch before you leave can save you loads of money.
Watch your Speed
Slow down on the road. You will save on that speeding ticket you didn't get, plus, you will increase your fuel efficiency (cutting back on fuel costs).
Begin Clipping Coupons
Clip coupons on the things you know you always need. You do not need to become an "Extreme Couponer" to save a few bucks on each grocery trip.
Turn Up the Thermostat
Turning your thermostat up a couple of degrees when it is hot out will save you some money on energy costs. If you need a cooler temp at night to sleep, just turn it down for those hours.
Opt for Folgers
Ditch Starbucks and drink home-brewed coffee. A coffee shop drink costs at least three dollars per drink, and if you are a passionate coffee addict, this simple change will save you hundreds each month.
Avoid the Theaters
While going to the movie theater may be fun a couple of times a year, most movies can wait until they reach the streaming world. If you are going to the theater, eat beforehand so you don't end up spending money on their overpriced food.
Don't Fear Generics
Coming in at a much lower cost, generic brands at drug and grocery stores will save you some money. Today, generic brands can be just as good as national brands boasting their fancy advertising.
Avoid the cost of beverages at all costs. If you prefer to keep soda and juice in your life, make sure to opt for water at restaurants to avoid the extra cost.
Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle
This easy change will both save you money on water bottles and help save the environment. Make sure to bring your reusable water bottle with you out and about to stay hydrated at a minimal cost.
Step away from the TV
Not only will you save money on energy costs, but fewer ads mean fewer temptations. Marketing companies have mastered TV commercials raking in billions of dollars a year.
Look through your Old Jackets
Go on a scavenger hunt around your house to find pockets of cash and change. You may be surprised what you find hiding in your coat closet or couch cushions.
That rounds out the top 32 ways to save money for travel. Pick a few tips and try them out, you may be surprised by your results.