Saturday, September 13, 2014

tips to save money for traveling


My boyfriend, Keith and I have been saving money for our European backpacking trip for a REALLY long time. We've been planning this trip for years and it's been pushed back for various reasons. Since we've been saving for what feels like forever, I've gathered some tips to save money:

Stop buying things! 
There's a lot of extras that we don't need. I suppose that is easier said than done but whenever I think about something I could buy, I think about how I could spend that money on my traveling. I also think about whether or not that purchase will benefit my traveling. If it doesn't, I won't buy it. 

Eat mono meals/buy in bulk. 
Lately I've been incorporating more fruit in my diet. Typically those meals come in the form of a gigantic smoothie or just a large portion of fruit. For breakfast, I've been eating either a date shake (which includes just dates and water, sometimes the occasional banana) or oatmeal. I've been buying dates and oatmeal in bulk so those purchases go a long way. For lunch I've been having a small watermelon or 2 mangos. Both a small watermelon or 2 mangos run between $3-$5. Sounds like a pretty cheap meal to me! & very recently I've been having soup for dinner. Currently I've been buying it but soon I want to make it in bulk and freeze for the week.

Ride my bike to work. 
Imagine the gas you save! The exercise you get! I was riding my bike more frequently at the beginning of summer, but I've fallen off the wagon. I need to get back on!

Save in cash.
For a long time I would save my money in cash. I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but when my money was something physical it was easier for me to put it away. When it's a number in my bank account it was easier to spend (and not notice it disappearing). I had my cash locked in a box in my closet for years and I would cash out a portion of my paycheck and put it in there. I never knew how much money was in there until I put it in the bank. Might be helpful to you.

If you need buy clothes, buy thrifted or vintage.
You might feel the need to get a new dress for a wedding or special occasion, so buy it thrifted! Check out my friend Katie's garage sale score. (Apparently, you can make an outfit for $5!)

Offer to eat in & not out. 
I find that most of my hanging out with friends involves a meal or getting drinks. Both of those things can more affordable if you do it at home. Offer to make dinner, which will likely become leftovers. Also be sure to pack your lunch for work (2 mangos or a watermelon makes that process easier).

Don't go out.
Don't hate me for this, but don't go out. If you do, do free things like go to the beach or park. There are books you probably own & haven't read or Netflix movies you haven't seen.

Don't buy books.
I've been inclined to purchase books lately. But I have so many on my shelf that I haven't even read. The library is also a good resource for book and movies. 

Create affordable gifts.
Sometimes you just have to spend money. Your friends birthday has come up and you're not not going to give them a gift. I have a couple (and more to come) ideas on how to create affordable presents. You can see them here & here.

There's typically free or cheap ways for every part of your life, you just need to think about it first. Some of these tips aren't realistic to some of you & some of the time I don't even follow them (did a tiny bit of shopping during Labor Day weekend). But it's good just to think about your spending and see where you can make some cuts.

What do you think? Do you have any tips?

- Christina


24 comments:

  1. Love this post! I am terrible at saving up. :( The 'don't buy books' part is tormenting, haha.
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    1. But there's the library! Def an underused resource. :)

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  2. I think my favourite tip is probably the library one, and that's not just because I used to be a librarian! It's so easy to forget about this amazing, FREE resource that is available in pretty much every town, and even if you're going to buy a book, the library gives you a great opportunity to read it to see if you like it, and then if you decide you HAVE to own it, you can pop to the shop and get it! GENIUS!

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  3. I love all of these tips! I'm just needing to save money in general at the moment, and all of these are so helpful. I find most of my spending comes from a latte here or a lunch out there. I need to work on my food prep so I can pack lunches and snacks for work and school in advance. Also-I need to stop spending money on books. A dangerous habit that one is, especially since I work in a bookstore....!
    I'll be taking these tips to heart! Thank you!

    The What's In Between

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    1. It's tough not to eat out sometimes! Meal prep can definitely go a long way, but it's also not the easiest thing in the world. It's something I need to get used to.

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  4. This one's really helpful! Great post!

    ♡, Jamie of www.spotlightonjamie.com

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  5. I stopped buying books ages ago. I don't like having so much "stuff" in my apartment, and our library is really quite good here!

    http://lamentinglizzie.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm totally "anti-stuff" too. It's so liberating!

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  6. I need to start biking to work too! I would save so much money on petrol or bus fares!!

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    1. Me too! I don't give myself enough time to get there on time. :( That's my main problem. There's a bike trail right by my house that leads right to my work. I really don't have many excuses not to ride my bike to work.

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  7. great tips, I think spending money on travel is the best thing you can do. it's such an education !

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  8. Those are great tips, my husband and I are wanting to take out kiddos skiing this winter, and will have to do some serious saving to make that dream a reality, so this will be very useful!

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    1. Thank you, Chelsea! I'm glad you found it helpful. :)

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  9. great tips. i agree with so many of these tips.. save on 'things' you don't need. Save on fancy coffee's and eating out.. dry cleaning..
    Hope you can achieve your goal soon

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    1. Not eating out has been tough, but I've been working on it! Thanks for visiting.

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  10. I agree! Great tips! So excited for you going travelling around Europe!! Iv done a lot of travelling and it's the best thing I ever did
    Martina

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  11. great tips from you and everyone. Trying to plan as many trips as I can right now.

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    Mimi
    www.littledwell.com

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    1. Me too, Mimi, me too. I can't wait to get out and see the world.

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