Depending on your travel plans, vacations can get expensive if you don’t plan ahead and save up. Here are three things you can do to help you save up for that dream vacation.
1. Sell things you don’t need to afford the vacation you do need
Let’s face it, most of us have more stuff than we need. Why not sell some of it? Try thinking about what you actually use and love in your home. If there are any items that don’t fit in those categories, it’s time to sell them. You can easily sell items of value on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other buy/sell websites. Cheaper items, on the other hand, such as DVDs, clothes, toys, and household items can be sold at a good old-fashioned garage sale. Unless the item is brand new, price it for one-third of its original price so that it sells fairly quickly. Remember, the more money you make, the more you’ll be able to save for your vacation. Just be sure to set that cash aside so you won’t be tempted to spend it!
2. Work hard, play hard
Perhaps the church across the street from your office needs a parttime janitor. Or perhaps your neighbor needs someone to do lawn care for him this summer. Taking on additional work is another great way to make extra money for a vacation. If you’re having a hard time finding a part-time gig, consider doing jobs that no one else wants to do such as delivery services and babysitting. Due to the “unglamorous” nature of the job, the pay might be pretty decent too (depending on the type of work.)
3. Delay gratification for the sake of your vacation
Cutting expenses is such a boring way to save up for a vacation, but it’s extremely effective if you do it right. Start by curbing your spending habits. Do you typically spend $200 a month on takeout? Cook at home. Also, analyze your subscriptions and negotiable expenses. Do you pay for an expensive phone plan? Shop around. Do you need cable or are most of the shows you watch available on online streaming services? Cancel cable. Remember, you are only temporarily cutting back so that you can indulge in a wonderful vacation. Try to stay motivated, keep your eye on the prize, and pat yourself on the back when you finally get to go on that dream vacation.