You’ve probably heard a lot of the same old money-saving tips. Those are all fine, but maybe you’re looking for something more that might be just exactly what you need to kickstart your savings.
That’s what this post is for; we’re going to highlight some money-saving tips you haven’t heard about to help you get your bank account ready for your next vacation.
Ready to start saving?
Automate Your Finances
One of the best ways to save money is to do it when you don’t even realize it’s happening. Automating your finances is one way to do that. What we mean is set up automatic withdrawals that transfer money from one bank account to another. You can also use tools like Digit and Acorns to save money bits at a time.
Look to the Library
You might not realize it, but the library is an incredible source of money-saving items. Beyond books, you can also take out movies and documentaries, get free or discounted passes to local events, and access coupons. And if you’re all digital, check out Overdrive and Kanopy; both are ways to access books and movies online for free.
Sell Your Stuff
There are millions of people making money by selling used goods online. While it used to be you had to have a yard sale, now you can get on eBay, Etsy, or a number of other sites and offer up all sorts of items, right from the privacy of your home. Plus, you can do this regularly.
Entertain at Home
If most of your entertainment consists of going out to dinners or bars with friends, consider hosting more small gatherings at home. Invite a bunch of people and ask them to bring a dish or drink. You can play games, catch the game, or watch one of those free movies from the library.
Leave the Gym
Be honest, how often do you actually set foot in that gym you pay for each month? Is your answer, not much? You can save quite a bit by cutting that membership, but still get your workout in though. Use bodyweight or kettlebells for weight training or head outdoors to walk, jog, or hike and build up your cardio (and enjoy the view).
Get an Accountability Partner
Sometimes, you might need a little bit of help. An accountability partner can be a friend, co-worker, or family member who both encourages you to cut your spending and helps to keep you honest too. Sometimes, knowing that someone is going to be watching over your shoulder.
Make it a Game
We all like to win, right? So try to gamify your savings. You can do all the standard budget tracking but set milestones that give you wins and ‘level-ups.’ Start with something simple, put aside a dollar a day or see where you can cut $10 in your spending each week, add those winnings to your savings account, they add up!
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can start saving more money, start saving now!