I'm excited to have Shaye here from Simply Shaye to share with us some fun yet simple ways to save a buck this summer and give us a chance at affording a summer vacation. Each tip she will share with you is something that anyone can do.
Feel free to leave comments on what you think, things you've tried, how you saved for your vacay, etc. Be sure to check out Shaye's blog, Simply Shaye, for more tips, advice, food, family, life and an adorable dog named Sheba.
Thanks Shaye for the great tips!
Four Ways to Save for a Summer Getaway
Summer vacation. Once the stuff of dreams, too often as adults the magic of summer gets lost in worry about higher electricity bills and summer camp fees. As temperatures rise and the kids get more and more antsy, the idea of a summer getaway becomes more and more tempting. Summer is the prime time to spend a little quality time with your family and get a vacation recharge.
"But how could I afford it?" I hear you ask. In these times of ever-longer work weeks and ever-thinner budgets, the idea of a family vacation seems impossible. Whether you're staying at home or out in the workforce, I know that the life of a mother doesn't offer a lot of time to pick up a second job. This article will give you some ideas that you can easily integrate into your family's life to save or make some money here and there- and maybe net yourself a trip away with your family!
Ditch the Gym
No, I don't mean stop exercising! Fitness is important, but you can stay fit without throwing money down the gym membership drain. Running in the great outdoors, lifting free weights and following along with exercise DVDs at home are all great ways to stay fit and still stash that gym payment away toward a week at the beach.
Tap into Tap Water
Water is important, but there's no reason to pay for something you can get for free. Buying bottled water is an expense that can really add up over time. Switch to tap water and your budget and the environment will thank you! If you don't like the taste of tap water or are worried about water quality, consider investing in a faucet filter, like the kind made by Brita!
Your Clutter Might be Another Person's Treasure
We all have things lying around that we don't need or use. Sure, that shirt might have seemed like a great purchase at the time, but if it has been sitting in your closet all season maybe it's time to make some money off of it! Sell your old consumer goods like clothing, appliances and technological gadgets at a yard sale or online to make a little extra cash and make your housecleaning a little simpler.
Take Care of a Furry Friend
Dog boarding is a great way for moms to earn a little money on the side because they can do it in their own homes. If you're like me and you love dogs, then you get the added bonus of making a new furry friend by dog boarding. Simply take care of someone's pet while they're on vacation. You get paid, and your family gets to enjoy the company of an exciting- but temporary- house pet. Meanwhile, the pet owner is able to relax, knowing that Fido is in your capable hands.
Don't let summer slip by without taking a break with your family, and get some creativity in your budget! It can be hard to scrape together that cash, but with these and other money-saving habits, can help you be well on your way to making your vacation dreams a reality!
Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel. She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget. She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way.. Follow her blog at http://simplyshaye.wordpress.com!
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