We love to travel, but a vacation can put a strain on the family budget. Before you book your next trip, consider some ways to save before you overspend! Here are ways to save money for a family trip.
Save loose change.
Decorate a pretty glass mason jar and make it your vacation fund! Encourage your kids to drop their loose change and do the same for yourself. You’d be surprised how much pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters can add up to three and even four figure dollar amounts in even a year’s time.
Declutter and sell.
It’s possible that you have stuff in your house that you don’t use anymore. Having a garage sale, selling on Ebay, or posting items on Facebook Marketplace can help you get rid of the extra things taking up space in your home, and add money to your vacation savings! If you do sell some of your belongings in person on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace or groups, make sure to meet in a public place. Many cities have safe areas commissioned by the local police department for citizens to make online transactions.
Use credit card rewards.
Credit cards can be a savings tool when you pay them off each month. Put your normal expenses on the card to earn cash back, airline miles, or other travel rewards to save money on your family vacation. Certain cards associated with specific airlines often give complimentary airfare for a companion or bonus miles.
Stop eating out.
One of the biggest ways to bust a family budget is by going out to eat. Meal prep at home and eat leftovers to save tons of money each month. For those who work outside the home, packing a lunch each day can save you anywhere from $5-$20, depending on if your eating out habit is a sit down restaurant or fast food. This savings can be anywhere from $100 to $400 a month! Think about how much that money can add up when it comes to your family vacation. Continue the savings on the trip by packing snacks or cooking at home if you’re accommodations allow for it.
Saving money for your family vacation doesn’t have to mean skimping on essentials or changing your normal monthly budget items. In fact, saving some change and getting rid of stuff you don’t use on a regular basis is a great place to start, and it won’t cost you a thing! Try these and the other ways to save money for a family trip this travel season.