From getting a deal online to a sale fare, there are various ways to save money on your next trip. Besides using credit card signups, charging everything to our credit cards and maximizing our credit card points, there are other ways we save up for travel. By eliminating certain expenses and figuring out how to gain a little extra money, it is not that difficult to save up for travel. Read about how one person saved 14K for travel in 8 months. Although we mainly budget our credit card points for cheap flights on Southwest Airlines and free hotel stays, we also know how to save on car rentals. Here are 5 easy ways to save up for travel that I use to help our family travel for less.
1. Set aside at least $50 a paycheck to travel
If you cannot manage $50 a paycheck, then choose a smaller amount. Automatic transfers to a savings account will help because you won’t “feel it” as much. Once you save for a few months or even a year, you will see how quickly you saved some extra cash.
2. Use cash back apps
I love to use cash back apps. They are basically ways that give you free money. My favorite ones are Earny, Ibotta, Ebates, and Dosh. I use these apps all the time. Once I set it up, I do very little to keep cash coming in.
3. Keep leftover change in a “piggy bank”
My husband hates change. We keep any extra change in a piggy bank or a ziploc bag and then take it to a coin conversion machine at our grocery store. It’s amazing how loose change adds up and gives you a little extra cash to use for travel.
4. Cut out things you don’t need
Although this does seem obvious, it is important to take a step back and evaluate your spending. It could be cable, doing your hair/nails, impulse buying, or random Amazon purchases. See what you can cut out of your life and save that money for travel.
5. Don’t go out to restaurants that often
We love to eat out, yet try not to do it unless we have family visiting or are going out with friends. By saving that money, you can use it to splurge a little more when you are on a trip and would like that souvenir shirt or that $20 drink.
Using even at least some of these ways will help you save up on travel and take more vacations a year or doing these steps for a couple of years may help you save up for a “big vacation” or a family bucket list trip. For more tips on how other families budget their money, check out this post on How to Afford Travel with Kids.
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