written by Ali Iovino
Don’t always have the budget to quench your wanderlust? We’ve been there. The UTD team has some ideas that may help scrape up some extra cash for that dream getaway. You can also keep these in mind to help fund some more luxurious experiences like a full relaxing spa day or once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour you may not ordinarily splurge on while on vacation.
1. Hang on to Your Change
There are plenty of adorable jars and piggy banks to keep you inspired for your next getaway. You can put your personal touch on a customized Etsy order or make your own entirely. Either way, collecting your change or small bills is a great way to leave some money untouched. You’ll be surprised how quickly some pocket change can add up!
2. Utilize Browser Add-Ons
A personal favorite from the UTD team is the Honey add-on for Google Chrome. Honey not only skims the internet for promotional codes when shopping online, but you can earn points on eligible purchases and redeem them for gift cards. Once the add-on is loaded up in your browser there is nothing else to it!
3. Spend Smarter With Your Cards
We all know to be wary when spending on a credit card. It’s easy for the bills to add up fast – especially around the holidays. But in the age where we utilize cash sparingly and cards are packed with various perks, we just advise you evaluate your card’s benefits. Many credit cards have perks you can apply to travel, like earning airline miles.
4. Embrace the Free
Look for alternative free activities in your area. Facebook Events and Eventbrite are some great platforms for exploring free events. Your local library may also have various classes and events in addition to books, music, and movies you can borrow. Some libraries even have books available to check out on your kindle!
5. Use a Helping Hand
There are various apps that help you budget. One of our favorite apps to help organize finances is Mint. Mint allows you to receive alerts on bills, analyze your spending, offers tips on improving your credit score, and helps you visualize your overall budget. It’s easy to use and a great way to take control of your money and find the best practices for you to save based on your personal spending habits.
6. Take Surveys
There are plenty of sites that will pay you to take surveys. While you may not be the targeted audience for every survey, the ones you do complete can add up to cash or gift cards. If you’re hanging out just watching TV and don’t mind taking 10-15 minutes to complete a survey every so often, then signing up for one of these may be worthwhile. We recommend i-Say or SurveySavvy to start. Pro Tip: Be sure to act fast on any survey notifications – quotas can be met quickly!
Hopefully some of these tips and tricks are feasible to implement and can help you get closer to funding your next adventure! Keep in mind, UNIGLOBE Travel Designers can also assist with payment plans on most of our trips. Ask one of our travel consultants for details!
Do you have any other money saving tips? Let us know!