Summer Vacations are something we all love to do. I’ve had a few in my childhood, however, not so many in my adult life. The reality is, a lot of families don’t get to go on summer vacations. We live in a world where most of us live paycheck to paycheck and struggle. Unfortunately, that is the sad reality. But what we need to remember is to Work to Live and not Live to Work. Whatever you do, do not forget to live! The living is vital to our soul and happiness. As a single parent, I know all too well what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. I shopped at a Dollar Store once for food, because sadly, it was all I could afford at one point. My strength was broken and my hope was shattered many times, however, I have this amazing little boy that I have to be strong for and have hope. So I did! I want to share with you today, how I am Saving for Summer Vacation!
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There are so many different ways to save, however, today I want to share with you 6 ways to save for summer vacation. It may take some time, but I believe anyone can do it. When you get all saved up for one vacation, start saving for the next. As you figure out the best way to save for your family, you will find even more ways that may be more helpful. Remeber, vacations are all about spending a ton of money, it’s about getting away from home and creating memories with our families.
Take a Staycation.
A vacation doesn’t have to mean packing up and going hundreds of miles away. Look around for ways to get away in your own town. There is almost always something to do that isn’t too far and within budget. For example, there is a Waterpark Hotel here in CO. It’s not far from where I live and for a weekend getaway with my son, it would be within my budget. It’s not a long vacation, but it’s a getaway and a great way to make memories.
Follow a Money Challenge.
There are so many money challenges out there. It’s a great way to set a few bucks aside each week or each month. You don’t have to follow them to a T, however, I would do so. It would hold you accountable and show your determination. By following my other tips here, you would be able to save this money each month. Now don’t forget, if you can add extra, do so! I am sure you can skip that Coffee Shop.
No more eating out
Cut back on eating out. Cooking at home is not only so much more affordable, it’s much healthier. Don’t forget when you are cooking at home, you can keep meals simple. Stick to some simple dishes that won’t cost too much. There is nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner or homemade hoagies with chips. Those were some of my favorite dinners growing up. I loved when my dad made breakfast for dinner. It was our thing. Make it yours. Don’t forget to include the kids. Set up a meal plan where on certain days they each can pick a meal. Be sure to shop for items on sale.
Have a Garage Sale.
Spring and Summer are great times for Garage Sales. Clean out your belongings. If it’s been sitting for some time in a box, the chances are you really don’t need it. You can make a ton of money at garage sales and it’s a great way to make some bank for that Summer Vacation! I see people always having garage and yard sales. I wish I could get my mom to have one, she has a ton of stuff that she could bank on.
I haven’t gotten into couponing like some people have but I would love too! Being a single parent, I am always looking to save money where I can. You can get coupons in your papers, online and on your favorite websites. For example, right now Luvs is offering a $2.00 off coupon that you can print right at home and use at any groecery store! It doesn’t expire for 30 days after you print, which is pretty awesome. It’s so simple and easy to save money with coupons sometimes. It’s even better when you can save on items you always use! Those are my favorites!
Cut back on Bills.
This may seem silly but there are ways to cut back on bills. For example, do you really need 900 channels of nothing? Get ride of the cable. There are so many other ways to enjoy TV and much more affordable options to enjoy TV. Unplug. If you aren’t using it, unplug stuff. You don’t realize it, but by leaving stuff plugged in, those products are still drawing energy adding to your bill. Limit the lights on. You can watch TV in the dark. you can even try car-pooling. It will save on your gas bill and leaves miles off your car.