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