If you’re on a limited budget, you may think you can’t afford a summer vacation. That’s not true, though, and you can have a great time while saving some money if you plan your trips and vacations just right. Here are five ways to save money while still enjoying your summer.
Plan smaller trips
So maybe Paris for a month isn’t doable, but the beach for the weekend can be done. Plan day trips and weekend trips, instead of extravagant vacations. You can do lots of things in one month and not break the bank. Go to the beach, hiking with friends, or simply take a drive and explore the scenery. Whatever you choose, make it fun and carefree so that you can actually relax a bit this summer.
Save on electricity
One way to save money for trips is to save money on your bills, starting with utilities. When you’re not in the house, turn the air conditioner off. If you can work with no lights or limited lights, do so. Whatever you can do, do it to bring those bills down and pocket that extra cash for your trips.
Eat at home
Sit down and look at your online banking. Go through each fast food, convenience store purchase, and restaurant splurge. Don’t faint! You can reverse that spending now! Instead of eating out for the month of May, save that money and put it toward a trip in June. Imagine what you can do with all that extra cash.
Get a second job
This may seem counter-productive to taking a vacation, but many places are hiring for summer help right now. Take a job as a waitress or a store clerk for a few extra hours a week and save all that money. Do it for eight weeks and quit- go on a short trip and enjoy not working two jobs when you come back home.
Don’t go further than 100 miles
Do you know what’s around you within a 100 mile radius? If not, look! You can find some pretty amazing things nearby and within a reasonable driving range. Head North one weekend, South another, then hit East and West two more weekends in a row and have a full month of short trips that show you just how amazing your local atmosphere can be.
What can you do to save money this summer? Leave a comment with your favorite tip!