Beef Up Your Vacation Savings

Updated: Dec 25, 2019

Saving for a vacation may have you saying, where will that money come from? Well, it isn’t impossible. You may have to dig a little deeper into your piggy bank. When your goal is to travel you make it a priority. We have to create the ability to save. We do so by taking inventory of what we are buying and what we are spending.

Something To Think About

Ask yourself, do I really need that daily coffee/latte from my favorite coffee shop costing $3.50?

Coffee Price Tag

Coffee $3.50 x 7 days a week x 52 weeks in a year = $1,274 a year spent towards coffee.

The Solution Brew your coffee at home. Purchase a coffee maker $20-$100 investment, lasting on an average 3+ years. Ground coffee $10-$15 every couple of months, but it depends on your coffee intake.

• $100 coffee maker • $90 a year in ground coffee • $190 investment for the first year and $90 every year after You just saved $1,274-$190=$1,084 initial investment. The following year you saved $1,274-$90=$1,184.

$1,184 on an average is 2-4 plane tickets for me. $549 Bangkok-Thailand, $86 New York City-New York,Barcelona-Spain $383, and Denver, Colorado, total $1,103 and $81 leftover.

Just imagine other ways you can save and earn money to travel.

• Take on a part-time job • Turn your hobby into cash

• Throw daily leftover change into a piggy bank/mason jar

• Take your lunch to work (leftovers)

• Take surveys, test products, and/or become a mystery shopper for cash • Keep snacks on hand to stay away from the vending machine • Have a garage sale

• Learn Couponing • Use Groupon and LivingSocial for eating out, activities, and services • Grocery shop by meals, use coupons, and money saving apps such as Ibota, Checkout 51, Walmart Savings Catcher, and Ebates • Cut the cable cord and invest in a Fire Stick, Hulu, Netflix etc… • Look for ways to lower your current bills (cell, internet, utilities, cable) • Limit how many times you eat out a month

• Apply for a travel rewards credit card and earn points towards travel with qualified purchases

• When shopping asks yourself, do I really need this? Can I find a lower priced alternative and still be happy?

I’m not saying live the life of Ramen Noodles, but we have to find a happy balance between our life, finances, and travels.





About Me

Hey!!! I'm Erika, a penny-pinching mom filled with laughter. Trying to live the caviar life on a sardine budget. When I'm not chauffeuring my teenage son around town or working, my heart belongs to travel and wine. Well...after bills and when my son is not pleading the blood of Jesus as to why he needs a new video game (Bahahaha).

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