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Vacation is a great opportunity to visit new places and spend quality time with your friends and family. There are many reasons that justify going on a vacation. Vacation refreshes your mind and soul. Vacation improves mental health, relieves stress, increases productivity, strengthens family ties and allows you to do things that you enjoy the most.
Planning vacation does not only count booking luxury hotel or selecting a destination, but also analyzing bank balance to help you decide whether or not you should travel. But what if your bank account isn’t ready. You need to take effective measures to cut down your daily expenses and save money for the vacation. Read the following creative ways.
1. Make A List Before Going Out For Shopping And Grocery
Who doesn’t like to shop? There is nothing better than going for shopping to beat the stress. But often, we don’t realize that we have bought more than we need. Well, while going out for shopping and groceries, we need to make a list of what we actually need instead of stocking our kitchen with unnecessary items or piling up the cupboard with unnecessary clothes. Impulsive shopping raises the bill so start controlling your impulsiveness. Save money from shopping and preserve it for your vacation.
2. Consider Carpooling
Most of us know a fact that carpooling helps the environment and it is the best way to conserve fuel and, conserving fuel means saving money. You really need to consider this point. If your office or college is nearby, you can use a bicycle or you can go on foot instead of going by a car. Carpooling is one of the most effective methods to save good amount of money. Saving from carpooling can add up some bucks for your vacation.
3. Sell Unnecessary Things
If you are a shopping freak or love to shop anything without considering whether it is useful to you or not, then you need to take steps to recover money that has gone in vain. If your home is stuffed with everything which is not in use anymore, then it’s time to get rid of it. Sell them online. You will surely recover half of the money you paid for them. You can add this money to your vacation account.
4. Cut Down Entertainment Expenses
If you go out for movies frequently, theatre or club with your family or friends, then, it can possibly delay your vacation date. You need to put a full stop on it or you can do it another way. Instead of taking out a bunch of friends for entertainment, you can be part of the bunch and can join them. Or you can stay at home and spend quality time with your family. You can arrange some indoor games and play with your family and children. This practice will save money.
5. Stop Pampering Yourself And Others With Expensive Gifts
Gifting others and pampering yourself makes you happy, but if, you are planning San Francisco sightseeing or anything like this, then you should stop it as soon as possible. Buying expensive gifts can disturb your vacation budget. To compensate, you can use your talent – DIY. You can alter your clothes with a little glitter and accessories and make them look absolutely new. You can make gifts on your own with the help of online tutorials and gift them to your relatives when required. This can preserve some money for the vacation.
6. Dine In
Dinning out in lavish restaurant is appealing, but it can empty your wallet. You can replace your restaurant with home. Yes, you can prepare lavish food at home and tell your family members to help you. This practice can help you save a significant amount of money.
7. Give A Break To Hobbies
If you are inclined towards gym, aerobatics, yoga, painting, swimming, playing musical instruments or any form of dancing, then you should take a break from it. Though, it is good to learn something new but, when you are planning a vacation you need to save money and by doing this you can save a handsome amount of money.
8. Pick Up A Side Job Or Work For Extra Hours/Perks
If you are short of money for vacation, then you must go for a temporary job. It will help you raise money for your dream vacation. If you are an employee, then you should work for some extra hours for extra perks to fill your piggy bank.
9. Save On Electricity and Water
Higher electricity and water bills can affect your vacation budget. Turn off your electrical appliances when not in use. Save water and electricity by using it efficiently. Try to use less water and electricity.
10. Save On Bank Fees
Some financial institutions provide basic bank accounts and offer no account keeping fees, free monthly statements. Choosing banks with facilities will result into money saving.
It’s easy to save money and raise your vacation budget by practicing cutting out. You can try these money saving tips for any desirable vacation.
About the Author:
I’m Amber Clark, a travel and adventure blogger by interest. After relocating its been four years in San Francisco. I’ve been working in various areas of writing for more than a decade.