I have many readers ask come to me about how to pay for their upcoming vacations. Many of them are on tight budgets which barely has enough wiggle room to fit a decent vacation into the mix. It is difficult to come up with the money for a vacation, especially a beachside one. Things can get expensive and you want to be able to enjoy the cuisine of the area.
So, how can you save money for a beachside vacation? Let’s take a look at a few tips to help get you sitting on the beach sipping a tropical drink complete with pineapple and umbrella.
Make a commitment to eating at home from now until you leave for vacation. The amount you save will depend upon how often you eat out. But the savings will add up over time. This includes packing a lunch and making your own coffee for work.
Make your grocery shopping list before leaving for the store. Then only buy things on your list. If it is something you have to have, do not buy it now. Go home and put it on your next shopping list. You may change your mind before going back to the store. Extreme coupon it all the way. Clip coupons and keep on clipping. Spend the time to check out different grocery ads and find out where you will get the best deal when you add your coupons to the mix. Put all the money you save from specials and coupons away. It adds up.
If you can, buy in bulk. Then divide items up to freeze or store in the cabinets. You may spend more money up front, but over time you will save more than you spend. Try buying store brand items, when possible. It can be considerably cheaper and is just as good.
Also, never go to the store hungry. You will spend two to three times more during that one shopping trip alone.
Use those old grocery bags to line your trash cans. Do this instead of buying trash can liners for your home. Unless it is a large kitchen one, than this idea may not work.
Pay all of your bills on time so you can avoid late fees. This includes paying off all interest-fee accounts so you are no longer wasting money on interest and fees. Trust me, those late fees can add up, costing hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. Especially if you continually pay late on multiple accounts.
Regularly watch your checking and savings accounts. Avoid over draft, ATM and transfer fees.
Check back next week for some more money saving tips to help you save and pay for your beachside vacation.
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