Now I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to saving I am TERRIBLE! My ability to budget falls just below average and when I stare into my purse there might as well be moths where money should be. I’d love to say I don’t know how it happens, or that my hard earned cash was going on worthwhile causes but most contributes to my love of fast fashion and exquisite meals. Although making me happy at the time, I ultimately have very little to show at the end of the month and now that I’m starting to think about the future, its not practical for me to go on spending like I am.
Saving for travel can be a hard slog but these are my ideas to cut back for those not willing to cut out everything just yet!
- Read online blogs instead of buying magazines – The internet is host to a multitude of amazing blogs which cover everything from fashion to beauty to music to homelife – why waste £3 a week, when I can get high quality articles straight to my screen at the touch of a button, absolutely FREE! This one seems a no-brainer to me!
- Treat yourself to a meal deal instead of a fancy meal – Apart from the small extra effort of cooking it yourself, most supermarkets offer high quality deals on an evening meal which include a main dish, side orders, a dessert and a cheeky bottle of wine for a fraction of the cost that a meal out would cost. It makes a perfect romantic night in AND I can enjoy it all whilst watching GBBO in my PJs – a definite win for me!
- Look for special offers in your local area – There have been some great movies out this summer (Marvel have outdone themselves) and those set for release of the next few months look equally fantastic. However, I don’t know about you but I can’t justify spending my money on ridiculous ticket prices at the Cinemas! In my local town there is a converted Museum that plays the latest releases for a fraction of the price with ticket prices as little as £3.50!! If you can compromise comfy seating then this makes a perfect alternative. Always be on the look out for things in your area, you never know where you can find a bargain!
- Walk instead of getting taxis – Not only does this save you money but its also a healthy alternative to keep you fit at the same time. I love leisurely walks and I find it a great excuse to take in the beautiful countryside surroundings in which I live. If your journey is just too long or is at an unsafe hour then swap your usual taxi for the bus!
- Encourage nights in with Friends – A great night out with friends is a perfect way to unwind after a stressful week at work or Uni but the cocktails don’t come cheap and you can often be left hard hit the morning after – and I’m not talking about that hangover! Why not instead invite friends over and encourage them to bring a bottle each. You can even try hosting your own cocktail making party! Drinking AND saving money! What could be better?!
Any other suggestions for me? Leave them in the comments!
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