It was the summer after graduating from college, I needed to go somewhere. But with loans looming over my head, my bank accounts did not agree with me. I wanted to go to Argentina where it would be winter time and I had family to visit, so I began to save every penny. Somehow I managed to save enough for the trip with some splurge money left over. It’s possible!
Looking at my expenses I saw that most of my money was spent on food and clothes. I cut these down and shifted my thinking from the present to the future (my trip), it made a big difference. I hope my tips help you reach your destination soon!
It Tastes More Delicious Abroad
One of the hardest things to cut down on was food, specially my morning coffee. Instead of hating myself for forcing down horrible coffee made by my cheap grinder, I decided to look at it from a different angle: think of how delicious the coffee will be there. Instantly my coffee tasted better. It’s hard, but food here does not change much, so I figured when I returned from my trip then I could splurge on restaurants again, they will probably still be here. It is worth the sacrifice of simple and cheap dinners when I can walk around a town in Argentina and try their local food because I can afford it.
Some tips for on food budgeting:
- Make your own coffee. This will save you around $8 a week easily. That’s about 2 dozen empanadas.
- Only eat out two meals per week. Get creative the rest of the week.
- Google recipes. You’re not the only one on a budget, learn from others.
Traveling to Opposite Weather Has Advantages
As spring began, my inbox was flooding every day with new spring clothes lines, cute swim suits and the latest trends in dresses. You probably agree, it’s exciting when a new season begins and all the new stuff rolls out! But to afford a memorable international trip, I had to resist.
How? I realized that as I was traveling in our summer time and it would be winter there since it is south of the equator. Opposite season traveling has its advantages. If I bought spring clothing, I would only be able to wear them for a few months before my trip and right after. The timing worked out great because I came back in August, when most stores were starting their end-of-season sales. It’s a win-win!
How to help the urge to shop:
- Make a savings account where all the money for the trip goes. And don’t touch it until on the plane!
- If you just have to have it, then put in 50 percent of the price of the item into the trip savings account. Ex: bought $30 jeans, put $15 into my savings.
- Can it wait until you get back? This question gives you time to really think about it and save money for the moment being.
Every penny, action, and thought counts when saving, make them count towards your next adventure!