Budget Tips to Make Room for That Travel Fund
Trying to live your best life, finances always come to play in figuring out what you can and cannot do. You keep your job to pay off your rent, your student loans, your daily expenses, and everything else in between. This is why the average person almost always just convinces himself or herself that travel is too much of a luxury. Thinking that you cannot afford to go out and enjoy yourself is not necessarily true.
Look into your spending habits. List down all the essential things that your money goes to per month. This category involves your utility bills, your food, your rent, and the like. Now opposite this, list down the things you always spend on that are not necessarily a need. Assess yourself. Can you better your money management to make more room for travel? If you’re still not sure how to do that, here are some tips and tricks to help you create a travel budget out of what you already have.
1.Live with a roommate.
You will save so much if you open your space up to someone else. Your expenses will be cut in at least half. If you already have your own space, you can rent out a room or a bed space. This will help with your mortgage bills. Of course, you can move back in with your parents as well.
2.Say goodbye to your land-line and cable.
People these days have their mobile phones with them wherever they go. There does not seem to be a need for land-line phones anymore, so it’s pretty useless to still keep your line around. Likewise, Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms are available already. You probably pay for these too. If you don’t, there are plenty of online sites that let you stream for free. You don’t need a TV.
3.Cook at home.
We all want good foodbut going out to a restaurant often will accumulate your expenses. Learning to make the pasta or the roast beef that you are craving for yourself will save you a ton of money. There are so many quick online classes and tutorials available that will give you a step-by-step process on how you can come up with just about any dish. When you fall in love with your own cooking, you won’t have to eat out ever again!
- If you own an expensive car but can’t seem to establish a travel fund, then you might have to either downgrade your ride or ditch it completely. Going to work every day might be the only purpose it serves regularly anyway. This might not be a viable solution for everyone, but trust us, it’s worth considering if you would rather be on the road somewhere else at least once a year.
- Getting a travel credit card will help you earn enough points all year round so you can use the benefits and perks when you’re out and about on your next holiday destination. You might get great deals like free hotel stays and great airline ticket discounts.
- Don’t shy away from secondhand items! Not everything you need has to be brand new. You can get used things half the price. You can even put your stuff up for sale. Declutter and sell the things you don’t use a lot. The things you just put in storage might still be of good value and there has to be someone out there who needs it. You would be amazed at the degree you could save and earn from selling and buying secondhand things.
- Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Electricity is something you passively use and pay for every month but you can do so much to keep it at a minimum. Light bulbs may not sound like a big thing but using specific energy-efficient ones can lower your bill and ultimately add up to more money for your travels.
- Get a metal water bottle. This may seem like a small change and carrying a water bottle around might be a rather inconvenient thing but you will not only do your share in saving the environment but also cut your expenses on buying bottled water. Having your own water with you will also make you drink more water. It’s healthy, eco-friendly, and budget-friendly!