Cut Back on Coffee from Easy Ways to Save for Your Next Trip

Easy Ways to Save for Your Next Trip

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Cut Back on Coffee

This is certainly one of the most painful items to give up, but ultimately the money you can save is astounding. If you’re spending $3-$5 a day on coffee, start skipping Starbucks or Dunkin and save between $60 and $100 a month, or more depending on how bad your habit is. Making coffee at home, or better, getting your fix at the office will go a long way in helping you save for your trip.

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Recycle Cans and Bottles

This may seem like a lot of work for an insignificant amount of money, but if you’re headed to the grocery store anyway why not? When saving up for a trip to Florida, my friends and I planned ahead and cashed in all the items we could. After a little extra work we had more than $100, which bought the first few rounds of drinks.

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Keep Your Change

If recycling didn’t strike you as insignificant, this will, but change really does add up. If you can’t seem to skimp on the coffee than at least save your change, $1.37 per day in quarters and dimes will bring you to $500 in a year.

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Cook

Going out for dinner and/or drinks is more expensive than most people realize. If you can eat at home more often, you’ll save big and likely have a smaller waistline just in time for vacation.

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Pack Lunch

Going out for dinner and/or drinks is more expensive than most people realize. If you can eat at home more often, you’ll save big and likely have a smaller waistline just in time for vacation.

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Eliminate Any Non-Essential Memberships

We love our gym memberships, Netflix accounts and monthly Birchbox packages as much as the next guy, but when it comes to cutting spending, memberships need to go. The danger in these services is that what seems like a little bit of money, just $10 a month, winds up being $120 a year. When you’re paying for a bunch of memberships, money disappears quickly. Cancel and save.

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Cut Cable

Not ready to give up Netflix? Keep it, or go to Hulu, or any number of other sites that provide free access to all your favorite TV shows. There’s no sense in spending $50 a month on TV when you can get it either cheap or free online.

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Borrow Books

In your abundant free time in a life without cable TV, take a trip to the library or rent e-books online. Open Library and Feed Books are two of the many easy ways to find free books online.

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Sign Up for Newsletters

When it comes time to book your trip, you’ll want to make the most of the money you saved. Signing up for newsletters like the Airfare Watchdog or Travel Zoo is the easiest way to spot hidden deals.

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Grants and Volunteer Work

In certain situations, grants and volunteer work are good alternatives to paying for the whole trip yourself. Grants can usually be found through universities and institutions like Fulbright, but be aware; they do require a lot of work initially and during your trip. Volunteer work is another alternative, which will also take effort on your part, but if you’d like to lend a hand, you can find some good opportunities at Idealist.

Easy Ways to Save for Your Next Trip