Taking a vacation is something that we all desire. Sometimes we just need to get away and escape reality, even just for a weekend. We would all take a lot more vacations if we could, but work tends to get in the way.
Oh yeah, and they cost money. That is one small minor detail.
What if money wasn’t stopping you? What if there was a way to scrape together the money needed to go on a vacation when you needed it? Would you?
There are a lot of reasons why taking a vacation is healthy for you. Getting a tan is great and so is having a few adult beverages by the pool, but there are many benefits aside from that.
I’m a master at being frugal. I can save money with the best of them, so I put together a quick little blog that will teach you how to roundup the cash needed for a vacation. Follow my tips and then pick somewhere warm to go unwind.
Stop Unnecessary Spending
This is the easiest way to save money and fast. We tend to waste a lot of money on dumb things. From buying $5 coffees when you can brew the same one at home for 50 cents to spending $120 to go to the movies when you can have the same experience at home for a few dollars.
Let’s be honest. We all have blown money on stupid stuff in the past. It happens. The easiest way to stop it is to track all of your spending and force yourself to think twice about things.
An easy way to spot spending it to give yourself a set budget weekly and pull it out as cash. No credit cards. no debit cards. This forces you to be more frugal.
Take a Break from Eating Out
We eat out a lot and it’s crazy when you see just how much money is wasted on dining out. Take a look at this article when you get a chance and you will really see how much we waste spending money eating out.
Sure it’s fun to get out and have a meal with your friends and loved ones, but doing it every night is wasting money. Learn to cook at home and watch your savings pile up.
You can even make it a fun thing, cooking as a group or with your significant other. Also, look up recipes online and challenge yourself to making new and creative dishes.
Instead of spending $150 for two to eat and drink for one dinner, you can make a great meal at home for less than $20. Do this a few times a week and you will stack that cash fast for your vacation fund.
Sell Everything You Don’t Use
If you are like me you might like to hold onto things longer than needed. “I might use that some day” is an excuse I used so many times back in the day.
The truth is that most of the stuff we never use will just continue to collect dust. If you aren’t currently using it (or wearing it) then the chances of you doing so at a later date are slim to none.
Old clothes in the closet. Old household items. Old games. Appliances. There is probably stuff in every room of your house that you don’t use. Get rid of the stuff you aren’t using. It will declutter your home and kick in cash for your next vacation.
You would be shocked at just how much useless junk and surplus equipment is in your house if you make it a point to look for it. Go through each room and start collecting it.
Then, list in for sale online. Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, etc. There are so many options when it comes to selling stuff online. Once you see a few things sell it will get you motivated to get into liquidation mode.