Traveling can be really expensive (how to save on accommodation?). That’s the reason why you have to save money before you go, because most people don’t have ‘the luck’ with millions of euros on their bank account. After the most expensive month of the year, it’s the right time to start saving money (again). That’s why I give you some tips to save your money on daily bases, so you can travel more often this year.
1. Stop buying coffee/lunches/snacks on the go
Yes, the coffee on the train station is only €3,-, but when you buy it 5 times a week it’s already €15,-. So for a year it’s €780,-! It looks so innocent, but when you think of it you can save a lot of money. Take your own coffee with you in those special cups for it and you have your own coffee on the go. The same for your lunches and snacks. A pack with cerealbars at a supermarket is way cheaper, than when you buy one at the train station.
2. Put change into a jar
Most of the times coins are way more easier to spend than bigger money. So instead of spending those coins, you put those coins in a jar and save it untill it’s full. One coin isn’t that much, but when your jar is full it can be a lot of money. This is something my boyfriend does and after a few months he had almost €150,-.
3. ‘The ten-second rule’
When you’re shopping and you see something you want, you have to wait for 10 seconds. In those seconds you think ‘Do I really need it’ and ‘Do I really want it’. If you still think after those 10 seconds you really need and want the item, you can buy it. When you do it this way, you have less impulse purchases and that saves money!
4. De-clutter your house
Books, DVD’s, make-up, but also a bed you don’t use. At the moment I’m settling (from my studentroom to my boyfriends house) and I sold my bed, my couch and other stuff and I eared almost €500,-. So it’s really worth the try and great way to clean your house. Most people have so much stuff they don’t use, so why keeping it?
5. Buy only when there is a special offer
Sometimes you really need something, so it’s not always possible. But every week at the drugstore, there are new deals. Deals like buy one get one free or the second product 50% off. When you keep track of the deals, you’ll know when you have to buy something. Not only drugstores, but also supermarkets have great deals.
6. No dinner out, but dinner in
I love eating dinner out with my boyfriend and my friends, but it can be really expensive. To save money on it you can also eat at home with your friends. One friend cooks and the others eat. You can rotate it around the group. It’s really fun to do, you’re with your friends and it way cheaper than eating out.
7. Withdraw money for one week
On monday you withdraw money for the whole week. For example €100,-. You have to pay everything with that €100,- in that week. So when you do it this way, you won’t buy things you don’t need. So no chocolatebar at the supermarket, but only your bread and your fruit.
8. Stop internet shopping
It’s so easy to shop on the internet. It looks so innocent, especially when there’s free delivery. Because it’s so easy to shop on the internet, you have to stop doing it. Stop looking at those sites (delete them from your favorites) and when you really are a bit addicted you can ask somebody you trust to change the password. So you have to ask their permission when you want to buy something online.
Those tips don’t have anything to do with traveling, but they allow you to travel more. In the future I will write an article about tips for saving money while traveling, but first things first; you need money to travel. So good luck with your savings!