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Tips for Saving Money for a Vacation
If you have been thinking about going on vacation but are unsure of where you will be able to come up with that extra cash, there are a few things you can do. Depending on the type of trip you would like to take and how many people you need to save up for, you may be looking at saving for a year or only a few months. By implementing little steps into your life each day, you could soon find that that travel account is loaded and ready for your getaway in no time.
Start with Laying Out a General Living Expense Budget
If you start out writing down all of the things that need to be paid for each month and when they need to be paid for, you will better be able to see how much extra money you have left to work with. Once you see how much you are spending on other things, you may be able to find a way to cut back and free up some of the money you have been spending on non essential things. Finding and using grocery coupons can help save on your food budget each month. Shopping at places such as second hand stores instead of retail outlets can help save with clothes, household items and more. And making sure all lights are turned off when not in a room, things are unplugged when not in use, and any other ways you can think of to save on electricity can also be a help in driving down that hydro bill and allowing you to free up a few more dollars here and there for your trip.
You may be surprised to see just how much money you are spending un-necessarily once you have it all written down and can really look at it on paper. Do you really need those extra five movie channels? Do you use those extra features on your phone that cost $5 each a month? Take all of these aspects into consideration and you may be amazed at the places you can save a few dollars.
Stash Away that Spare Change!
What do you do with that extra spare change you have at the end of the day? If you get in the practice of emptying out your pockets every night of all change and putting it into a cookie jar or piggy bank, you may find you have a couple hundred dollars within a few months. This is change that usually gets spent on coffees and other non essentials just because you have it lying around in your pocket and don't want to carry it around. If you get your whole family in on the action, they too may soon find that they have enough money in their piggy banks to buy new clothes or an ipod or something to take on the trip.
When you have decided on the month and time you are going to go away on vacation, you can have two options for saving money. Depending on where you go or how you get there, some places give out deals if you book months in advance. And other places provide emails to you when you sign up to their site that will let you know if there is any last minute discount packages going on. You will have to do some research for the best prices. If you find a company offering a deal if you order months in advance, make sure that they have a return policy that allows you to cancel and get your money back because some do have a non refundable clause attached to them. Then if you do find a last minute deal you will have the money available for that.
With proper planning, research and a little bit of change in your daily spending habits, you should be able to have that vacation you have been looking forward to without any stress or worry about going into debt. So stop worrying and just think about all the fun things you will do with your loved ones!