Need a Break? 5 Tips to Save For Vacation
Vacation doesn’t need to be an expensive trip to the tropics or extravagant European getaway. It simply needs to be a fun and fulfilling escape from reality; one that makes you feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to grab the world by a string upon your return. We know you’ll miss your manufactured home, but don’t let that deter you from planning your next trip. Here are 7 tips to save up for your next trip:
1) Set it aside: Insert a small, pre-determined amount of money into a “vacation” envelope every week. Even if only $10, that amounts to $520 in a year. If you’re traveling domestically, that should cover most of your airfare, if not all of it. If you’re taking a road trip, that could buy you multiple nights in a nice hotel. And because you’re setting aside such a small amount, you won’t feel the sting.
2) Automatic transfer: If manually moving money into an envelope each week sounds too laborious, have your bank transfer the funds for you. Create a new savings account at the bank. Then, tell your human resources contact at work that you would like a certain percentage/dollar amount of your check to be deposited into that account. You’ll fill out some easy paperwork and be all set.
3) Scrounge for coins: Sure, by itself, a quarter can’t buy you much more than a gumball. But combined with other coins you’ve accumulated over the months, you’ll be surprised what it’s worth. Take all the change you collect and drop it into a jar. After about a year, count up all your coins. You might have enough to pay for a night at a hotel, or at the very least, a nice dinner.
4) Find a deal: Sign up for Groupon, LivingSocial and other discount websites and keep a lookout for special vacation packages. You can save hundreds of dollars and travel to a destination that’s even more desirable than the one you originally intended to visit. Some of the deals might even include air transportation, on-site excursions and other accommodations. The only drawback is the dates in which the offer is valid are usually very limited.
5) Sell something: If you need a little extra cash to get you over the hump, look around your house and sell things you no longer need, such as clothes, sports equipment, electronics, kitchen appliances and video games. eBay, Craigslist, Backpage and Sell are good websites through which to sell unwanted possessions. Not tech savvy? Visit local stores and see if you can sell them in person.