Booking a family vacation is something we all look forward to. Being able to enjoy a couple of weeks away from your 9-5, the school run, and your daily grind is what it’s all about. Whether you’ve managed to save up for your vacation in advance or you’re paying it off in instalments, knowing that you have something to look forward to is a wonderful feeling and something you can all get excited about.
However, have you thought about the hidden cost of family trips away? Getting the holiday paid for is one thing, but what about your spending money? Are you going to be able to afford all those additional treats, day trips, holiday clothes, meals, drinks and activities? If they aren’t included in the cost of your holiday then you could struggle.
So, with this in mind, I’ve gathered 4 simple ways you can boost your vacation spending fund. So start saving now!
Sort Out Your Debts
When you have debt hanging over you, it can keep you up at night. And it can stop you from enjoying life, including family holidays. Advice from Creditfix can help you sort out your debts and tackle them head-on. Freeing up as much money and financial breathing room as possible, and as a result, get you back on track and looking forward to spending time with your family. Check them out for some straightforward advice.
Check Your Closet
Who doesn’t love holiday shopping? A whole new set of outfits for you and the kids, new suitcases, hats sunglasses and accessories – it’s part of the excitement! However, if you want to save a little more money so you have plenty of vacation spends, then you might need to think again. Go through your closet, wardrobe, drawers and cupboards and see what you have from previous years that you could use again. Hats, sandals, dresses, beach bags – you probably have all of these things stuffed away somewhere and you don’t need to buy duplicates! Consider hand-me-downs for the kids or check out eBay or charity shops for additional purchases.
Plan Your Itinerary
No one wants to stick to a tight schedule when they’re on holiday. But, having a general idea of what you want to do and where you want to go on certain days of your trip can help you budget accordingly. On Monday night you might want to eat out, but stay in for lunch. On Tuesday you could spend the day at the beach and put money aside for ice cream etc. Plan out your days and then you’ll know how much extra money you’ll need.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
Maybe the kids want a new magazine or toy from the store, or your partner wants takeout. If you have a holiday coming up then you should consider being a little firmer and say “no” from time to time. Make sure everyone is on board with your saving plans and then sit back and watch your vacation fund grow!