Berty and I seem to have an endless list of places we want to visit and explore. However, we are well aware that traveling costs money, and money takes time to earn. As we budget for the year, Berty and I have a primary goal to save money for going cross-country/ international/ basically everywhere. If traveling is in your 2017 resolutions too, we’ve come up with some tips on how to begin saving money for your next adventure. Read on!
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How To Save Money For Your Next Adventure
1. Cut Unnecessary Everyday Habits
This goes for any indulgence…take your pick! The classic culprits are coffee, buying lunch out, drinking with friends, and online shopping. Side note: There is an awesome tool by Dave Ramsey that’s meant for investing and there is a tab at the bottom which shows you how much you can save if you take out restaurants, coffee, or pizza, for example. I’m a visual learner so I love seeing the savings I can gain by taking out small habits! It’s extremely easy to cut costs by making coffee at home in a reusable travel mug…and it saves the environment! Depending on your lifestyle, some other optional ways to save money could be nixing that Netflix or Spotify subscription, or to stop paying for extra data for your phone (guilty). What are your unnecessary habits?
2. Shop Your House
My great blogger friend Lauren Bowen curated an awesome website all about using what you have and wasting less! Her blog is full of ideas on how to finally use up those random pastas in your pantry and quit buying things you don’t need. She is all about reusables, making things from stuff you already have, and even borrowing things instead of buying them. Talk about savings AND community building!
3. Negotiate Cheaper Internet/Phone/Cable
When we visited with my family over Christmas, I noticed that my mom was paying $85 for Internet and a landline she never used! I called her service provider and easily negotiated a lower monthly cost, saving her $50 a month – which is an annual savings of $600! If you are really wanting to save quickly for your next adventure, consider doing away with cable, a landline, or extra channels to save tons of $$ a month and putting the extra into a savings account instead.
4. Get a Travel Points Credit Card For Everyday Purchases
Getting a travel credit card is a really easy way to earn free money, points, and perks for your next trip. But make sure you’re actually spending within your budget! Credit cards can be a really smart way to get travel perks, but only when you spend money you actually have. Never use a credit card to over-spend or buy something that is out of your budget.
5. Follow Websites/Blogs For The Best Travel Deals
There are so many awesome resources on the internet now for frugal vacationers. Some of our favorite blogging resources include Nomadic Matt (for traveling cheaply), The Points Guy (for finding airline + travel deals) and Triphackr (For everything from travel insurance advice to gear to mileage plans). We haven’t used TravelZoo yet, but we are keeping our eye out for their mega-cheap vacation packages. Do you have other travel resources for budgets on the go?
If you are serious about saving, consider putting some of your evenings or extra weekend hours into a side job. It could be as simple as folding pizza boxes at the place down the street, or using your skills at freelance online work. Use the talents you have and make some money!
7. Put Surprise Money Into Savings
Any unexpected income that comes your way, stick it immediately into your savings account. This includes birthday money, tax refunds, and side jobs. It’s an easy way to see those numbers go way up!
How do you save money for traveling? Tell us your story in the comment section! We would love for this to be an open conversation where we share our successful tips and tricks!
Thanks so much for reading,
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