Lots of people worry year-round about being able to afford their holiday.
Which is a shame because we all deserve a break every now and again. Especially those of us that work ourselves to the bone.
While the thought of saving up for a holiday can be daunting, there are a few ideas and strategies you can implement in the months leading up to your getaway to make sure you’re not left out of pocket.
At Whereabouts Holidays our holidays are some of the best prices you’ll find anywhere.
But if you’re still fretting about saving those pennies, here are a few ideas to help get you started:
A lot of us have simply become accustomed to the same amount of money leaving out account every month.
Most of the time, this amount is A LOT MORE than what we would like.
But where does it all go? With so much going on with our finances it can be difficult to keep track.
That’s why using a saving app could help.
A savings app will help you keep track of your finances and help you cut out any unnecessary spending, so you can put that spare wad of change away for your holiday.
There are tons of different apps available, all with their own merits. Check them out to find your favourite!
Avoid excessive spending
While some spending flies under our radar, luckily there are always those transactions that don’t go unnoticed.
You know the ones I’m talking about: Those concert tickets you couldn’t afford last month, the new shoes you bought at the weekend, the night out with your mates on Saturday.
All worthwhile spending, but all totally unnecessary. Especially if your trying to save for a holiday.
Take a look at the bigger purchases you know you make and cut them out. You'll be hiking your way around the Austrian Alps in no time!
How much spare change is lying around your house?
A lot? No surprises there.
Because it’s so easy to use notes to make purchases then cast the remaining pennies and pounds aside to be picked up later for goodness knows what.
Want to make this loose change work for your holiday?
The next time you come into some, simply pop it aside in a jar or container of some sort and DON’T touch it.
This will be your “Holiday funds” jar. And it’ll mount up quicker than you might think.
People are always shocked about how much money they end up spending on food each month.
And it’s not because their weekly shop is insane.
It’s because they always fail to realise how much money they spend on lunch when out and about or at work.
If you’re spending just five pounds a day on lunch at work, that comes to a staggering £1200 a year!
Solution? Prepare your own lunch and take it to work with you.
A little preparation goes a long way.
If you don’t think you can get a better deal on your household bills, think again…
It was estimated in 2017 that as a nation we had overspent on our household energy bills by a whopping 7 BILLION POUNDS in the 3 previous years.
Why? Because we failed to take advantage of the cheapest tariffs available to us.
If you want to save on your energy bills, call your supplier or do a quick search on comparison sites to see how much you could save.
Who knows? You might even pay off your multi-activity holiday in one massive savings hit!
Many of us rely on public transport daily to get us to and from work.
But do we really need to use it as much as we do?
Some of us could cut it out completely and walk, jog or cycle to work.
Imagine how much that would save!
But for those of us that would struggle cutting it out completely, try getting off a few stops before you normally would and walking the rest of the distance.
This could slice a considerable chunk off of your weekly commuting costs and help you get some much needed exercise in the process!
It’s always lovely to go out for a nice meal with friends, family and loved ones.
But these trips out can often lead to a bill well into the hundreds.
So the next time you’re thinking about heading out for some food, why not stay in and make a delicious home cooked meal?
You might not be getting the whole “dining out” experience, but your wallet and your holiday will thank you for it.
There are a whole host of other things you could do to help cut costs and save holiday money, but it all boils down to common sense.
If you see a potential way to save a few pounds, do it.
You might not like it at the time but when you’re off enjoying the holiday of a lifetime we guarantee you won’t care.
If you’d like to see all the incredible adventure holidays Whereabouts Holidays have to offer, check out our listings for more information.