Planning a dream vacation is always fun until it comes time to figure out how to pay for it. With a little planning and self-control, anyone can find ways to save money in their everyday life and put it away for the next big trip. Here are a few of the most painless ways to save vacation money:
NO MORE LATTES: You have heard it once and you will hear it again here. Those fancy coffee shop beverages really DO add up quickly over time. Even just changing your order from the sugary specialty drink to a standard coffee could save you over $1,000 per year. As a bonus, your waistline will thank you, too.
DITCH THE CABLE TV: With the plethora of less expensive streaming options these days, paying over one hundred dollars per month for the luxury of cable television seems like a scam. Ditch the cable and satellite TV and you can save more than $1,000 and put it toward your next vacation.
EMBRACE OUTDOOR EXERCISE: Costly gym memberships are another budget killer, especially if you don’t use them often. Consider cutting the gym membership and taking your fitness routine outdoors to maximize vacation savings.
BUY USED: With the emphasis on recycled and upcycled goods in today’s world, it is easier than ever to find quality used products. Thrift stores should become your new best friend. Join an online community group dedicated to reusing and recycling and you will find a treasure of goods while saving money in the process.
READ FOR FREE: Although it is tempting to hop on Amazon and order a book whenever you need new reading material, your wallet would be better served if you explored free reading options. Apart from local libraries, there is a myriad of free reading options available today including online downloads, book exchanges, and more.
QUIT SMOKING: This is a no-brainer. Just do it. Your savings account AND your body will thank you.
REDUCE CAR USAGE: Car maintenance and gas prices can kill any budgeting plan. Even if you cannot go without a car permanently, reducing the usage by walking or biking when possible will save you loads in gas money throughout the year.