If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’ll know I enjoy taking my family on little days out or travelling to new and exciting places. Exploring new cities or countries with your kids is one of the real pleasures in life!
The only problem with travelling is that it’s expensive! Sometimes, you have to save for a very long time before you can afford to take your family away. So, to make your life easier, here are a few of my top tips to start saving for your next family holiday right now.
Trade in your car
One way to approach saving is to look at some of your biggest regular expenses. For me, the family car is such an enormous expense. There are endless running costs, but things can be made better if you traded yours in for a cheaper version. Places like Reed Autos sell used cars that are ideal for families. You can still get spacious and safe vehicles that don’t cost a fortune and are cheaper for you to run. So, sell your expensive car, and get something that won’t drain your finances every month!
Drive half as much as you do now
On the topic of your family car, you can save so much money by halving the amount of time you spend driving. Instead of driving 7 days a week, drive for 3 days instead. On the other days, you can walk everywhere or take your bike instead. This slashes the running costs for your car, which saves an absolute fortune.
Collect spare change
Yes, this is definitely an old school approach! Get a big empty jar and fill it with any spare change you and your family have. It will probably surprise you to see how much change you end up with at the end of the week. Especially if you always go out for lunch or get a morning coffee. Every day, you should empty your pockets and put all your change into this jar. Get everyone to do it, and you’ll slowly but surely start saving money. Don’t expect to raise funds overnight! But, you could get a reasonable amount of change to convert into cash in just a few months.
Stop eating out
We all love going out and eating somewhere as a family. It’s a fun thing to do, but it will cost so much money. If you eat out once per week – or even get a takeaway – then you can waste an extra £20-£30 on food, possibly even more! So, if you stop eating out, then all the money you were going to spend on restaurant meals and takeaways can go towards your holiday. If you really crave some fast food, then make your own versions! I posted a delicious fish and chips recipe a while ago; check it out to bring restaurant food to your home, for a fraction of the price.
Every family deserves to go on holiday at least once per year. If you find it hard to save for these trips, then try some of the tips above. Before you know it, you’ll have enough money to pay towards a lovely family holiday.
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