How to save for travelling

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Travelling is one of the most memorable experiences which you will enjoy in your life. If you find yourself making excuses as to why you cannot go exploring the world because you think you cannot afford it, it may just be a matter of finding ways to save. There are a number of simple ways to cut your weekly spending, allowing you to put more money into your travel fund.

Save on your coffee – instead of purchasing coffee at your local café, spend $3.25 and purchase two travel mugs from K-Mart, then make your own coffee – you will save yourself between $4.20 to $4.50 per cup.

Cancel your gym membership – go for a walk or a jog instead. Some gym memberships can cost up to $100 per month.

Apply for a rewards credit card – some cards offer airline tickets, car rentals and hotels. The trick to avoiding any unforeseen charges is to make sure that you pay the balance off each month.

Borrow books from the library rather than purchasing the latest bestsellers. Costing over $20 each, reading can quickly become a very expensive hobby.

Make your own lunch – nine times out of ten homemade salads and sandwiches are better than the store-bought kind and cost a fraction of the price to prepare.

Ladies, do your own nails. With the average cost of a manicure being around $30-40, if you usually get a manicure once a fortnight you can save yourself up to $1,000 a year. Now wouldn’t that be better spent on a holiday?

Have any of these helped you to save money for a holiday? Do you have any other money-saving tips to share?

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Written by Andrea

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    rent your house out when you go overseas…can get quite a bit of money.

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    All well and good for some, but most of us on a basic pension cannot afford the luxury of
    having nails done, a massage or going to the Gym. We have to make our own lunch sandwiches at home anyway!! Actually having lunch at a Cafe is one of our luxuries.
    Yes, we long for a holiday but it is getting harder and harder to save.

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      If we are travelling we always take extra food in case we get hungrier than normal or are delayed for some reason even just for a day trip. If travelling for a few days, we pack breakfast provisions (including lightweight plates and cutlery) instead of having to buy breakfast. As camping is not an option because of medical problems we stay in a budget priced motel or cabin in a caravan park. As long as our room is clean and the beds are comfortable we are happy. Even low budget room have fridges and tea & coffee facilties so you can fill a flask of hot water to use during the day. A flask may be expensive initially but it will pay for itself quickly. It can take 2 or 3 years to save for a low budget short holiday, but we don’t drink alcohol at all (we don’t like the taste of it-simple as that), smoke or gamble as many do.
      I know of some pensioners who play several books of bingo every week and if they don’t have enough cash will actually drive several km to an ATM so they can go and play bingo. The thing is they can buy some meals cheaper you can buy the ingredients for, even taking into account the cost of cooking it. They don’t have to gamble to go there though. They accused my Mum of being “money bags” yet not only do they smoke, they literally “chain” smoke. They put one out and light another one within 5 minutes. We certainly can’t afford cigarettes. We very rarely have lunch at a cafe or have take-away unless we have been out for the day – taking our food and drinks from home, it is very cold weather and we are late getting home, we occasionally have fish & chips as we are driving past a shop on the way home.

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    There is one organisation in Adelaide that has qualified exercise staff that take into account for capabilities and medical conditions. You have an individual plan and there is a maxinum group size of 15 – grouped on accordance with your capabilities. You do what you can. You are carefully monitored and if you appear to be tiring you are advised by them to either take a break or not do any more that day. I don’t know the cost but we were told that it would be no more than $6.00 a session. You can go 5 days a week if you wish otherwise choose the quantity you wish. The lady who came to the village and spoke to our group suggested that you take a rest day in between classes until your body gets used it.

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    If have access to books at a large supermarket or discount variety store some small books can be purchased at as low as $5.00 or about $9.00 if they have two stories in them. If unable to drive libraries are not always in convenient locations even via public transport especially if the bus stop your end isn’t close. Maybe you have a friend who has similar interests that you can swap books with. For those who live in a retirement village, many of them have libraries.

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    I got a small cooler bag at a cheap shop that I carry food and drinks in. It keeps them cold and fresh. You can put frozen or refrigerated freezer packs in to keep food and drinks cold in the warmer months. They may seem expensive when you buy them but the last a long time. I originally used frozen freezer bricks but they are bulky. I have had some of them for at least 30 years. I have only ever had one leak and I suspect it may have been dropped on a hard surface. It would have been approx 15 – 20 years old. Fortunately the food was in containers so it wasn’t affected in any way. At the end of the day only a portion of it had leaked out. Had we not emptied the entire esky we wouldn’t have discovered it immediately as it didn’t smell.

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    I have a small savings account, a “Christmas” account. Funds go automatically into it from my bank each fortnight after pension day. I cannot draw on it during the year – though if there were a major medical emergency, for instance, I could close it for that year and use the funds.I find that very handy for my annual few days holiday. I never used to have a planned holiday, but I really missed being by the seaside. Some years ago I did some research and found a place that is not fancy, but sufficiently cheap to stay in. I can get there by public transport, and I look forward to it all year. I do also have a small holiday savings account, but I’m afraid that get’s raided regularly for medical visits and equipment.

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      Yes we too have a couple of extra accounts for Christmas and what we call an emergency fund – and part of our Pension goes into those – but sometimes they have to be raided if medical bills occur or the car needs extra attention – so we never really get any savings towards a holiday – which w so would love.

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      Yes, my account has been raided quite a few times. In fact I haven’t had a trip away for nearly 4 years because of various circumstances, not just financial. I have one planned for later this year. Luckily I have been offered free transport and shared accomodation.

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    You can also purchase spillproof insulated mugs at some discount stores. A friend of mine has some that are spillproof. I don’t know how much more expensive tey are but there is no risk of you scalding or burning yourself. Safety first is my motto. If you hurt yourself you are not going to be able to travel or have to go to hospital to be treated.

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    Ha! Save and then go away for a trip. Someone is tripping alright! Wait till Centrelink gets a hold of the info. Be a different story from them when you get back.

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    Manicure once a fortnight? $1000 a year on manicures? Really? Anybody spending that amount of money on their nails must surely be able to afford it, and therefore afford not to have to worry about finding how to save money from other sources for a holiday. And to those who can do this, afford to spend this amount of money on their nails I say good on you, ladies enjoy it. Your holidays that is, oh and your nails.

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    Go through your cupboards and sell anything you do not use on Gumtree or EBay. Eat your way through the freezer or pantry. Minimise new grocery purchases that cannot be all used up. Think twice about new purchases like household items,clothes and shoes or source at op shops. When traveling stay at hostels (private room). Look for house sitting websites. Also mature Wwoofing (WWOOF website for details) is a good way to meet people . When traveling I carry a small fold up cooler bag. Great for sandwiches or left overs.

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