Save for Summer

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When you’re working a standard 9 to 5, there comes a point when all you want to do is take your summer vacation. You probably also want that vacation to be the best week or two of your year, because, let’s face it, when else do you get a real break from work? Whether you’re planning on traveling solo, with a friend or a few, or with your family, you’ll want to have enough cash not to worry about skimping on your vacay. Of course, you’ll also want to still enjoy your life without scraping by until your vacation occurs. How do you battle this conundrum? You find a way to save for your summer vacation and still have a life!

There are several steps you can take to do this. One particularly effective solution involves your diet. Try eating fewer meals out. Typically, a family spends about $250 a month on restaurant meals, though it can get a lot pricier if you’re going out every weekend. Instead, why not eat at home and save that money for your vacation? You can also try avoiding the grocery store more often and working with the staple foods you already have at home. It’s not always necessary to stock up on your perishable favorites.

Another way you can start saving is by having a clothes swap with friends. Instead of blowing your cash on those designer shoes, why not save a bit of shopping money for your trip and share with your girlfriends? Gather up that skirt you bought a few months ago and have only worn once (and don’t really care to wear again), as well as other items you’re just not into, and get your friends to do the same. Create a BYOB Clothes Swap with a fun party atmosphere. If you do want to go shopping, search for the best deals, and keep in mind that you can recycle clothing for different seasons.

A “summer” dress can easily be updated for autumn with a simple cardigan, for example. Shopping at thrift and vintage stores is also a great option for getting designer threads at discount prices.

Even if it’s $50 or $100 a paycheck, try putting aside some of your typical income towards your vacation. You might find you don’t even miss the extra money. Perhaps you can save this much by cutting back on your happy hour beverages. Alternating cocktails with soda water and lime can help you save dough and feel a lot better the next morning. Even asking for a double can cut back on spending.

Sometimes spending a bit of extra money can actually help you save in the long run. For example, if you have a serious Starbucks addiction, why not splurge on an espresso machine? If you’re buying two or three coffees a day, why not have the convenience of getting your caffeine fix at home?

Check out the options available to shrink your cell phone bill, cable/internet bill, credit card bill, gasoline bill, etc. on You’re probably spending a lot more than you have to for these services, which can really add up over time.

Look for deals in areas you would normally splurge, like haircuts and massages. Just because you pay more for a service, doesn’t mean it’s always better. Why not give an apprentice hairdresser or masseuse a shot? Often, you’ll get the same great service at half the price or less.

If you need a video camera, bike, a ladder, or anything really, for only a day or two, why not borrow this item from a friend or neighbor? This can definitely help you avoid large purchases that aren’t actually necessary in the long run.

Looking for a new piece of furniture or décor for your home or apartment but don’t have the cash to splurge? Head over to On this site, you can both collect free household items in your area, as well as advertise for items you’d like to have.

Whatever you decide to do to save for your summer vacation, don’t forget to enjoy your everyday life as well. Be sure to find a balance between what you need to be happy now and what you’ll need in the future. If all else fails, simply take a luxurious vacation closer to home to save on travel costs.


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