Do you want a vacation this summer, but don’t have the money? Then you are going to love this guest post about staycation tips by Sumara from ExtraDoughPro.com.
What do you do if you don’t have extra time or money to invest in an honest-to-goodness summer vacation? What if your family can never agree on a vacation destination? How can you keep your family happy and occupied if you stick close to home for two months in the summer?
The answer is a staycation.
Planning a staycation doesn’t mean you’re lazy and unwilling to make travel arrangements. Nor does it mean you don’t have the brainpower to come up with an interesting itinerary. On the contrary, a staycation is a thoughtful choice that more and more families are making.
First of all, a staycation saves a ton of money. There are no airplane tickets, hotel reservations, or car rentals to purchase. And there’s no need to lose sleep over what to pack! In fact, the trickiest part of a “home vacation” may be getting your family on board with the idea. To that end, here are 10 clever staycation ideas to kick off the summer.
Are you looking to travel this summer, but don’t have the funds? There is something about summer that screams ROAD TRIP! Not to mention, if it is summertime I want to be laying by a beach reading – Not always possible with kids! ha
And although we would all love to see the world, not everyone has the budget to travel to a far off land overseas. But consider, the United States has some amazing locations that won’t break the bank. Yes, there are many cheap places to travel in the US that will leave your heart and your wallet happy this summer and leave memories that will last a lifetime.
My husband and I love to travel. People always ask us, “Do you take the kids?” The answer is yes. We love teaching our children about other cultures, geography, and history in general. However, we did take one short trip without them which is important for couples too.
It is important to note, we are also frugal. We love saving money and would rather live frugally throughout the year and spend our extra money on travel. My husband and I basically have no other hobbies except travel and coffee. (but we save money on coffee and use budget travel too.) We’ve also been known to splurge on a museum pass or two throughout the year!
The point is if you are going to spend money, experiences are a great choice over stuff. And if you like to travel, then you know you need cash to fund your wonder lust habit.
Therefore, visiting budget travel destinations can save money and will allow you to travel more often.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at my top ten Summer budget travel destination listed below.
I have a specialty grocery store across the street from me. They make wonderful dips, pre-made food like barbeque and salads and – best of all – fabulous cakes. However, I don’t shop there much on a day-to-day or week to week basis. Why? Because I know I can get my regular groceries and produce much cheaper elsewhere, especially if I want to buy organic.
Moreover, I will surely avoid buying organic food at the specialty store because of the extremely high prices. Although their food is good quality, I know I can find good quality cheap organic food and produce at other stores for much less.
And who doesn’t want some extra cash in their wallets after a long, hard trip to the grocery store?
There are two main types of grocery shoppers:
The bargain hunter – This is SO me. Why pay more when I know I can save on my grocery bill and keep my hard-earned money. Ishop frugally and use coupons and coupon apps.
The “Cart Tosser” Shopper – This is the shopper that throws everything in the cart without looking at prices. Although this is a fun way to shop, the bill is often a huge surprise.
Regardless of what type of shopping category you fit into, I can teach you some ways to cut your grocery bill and buy organic food on a budget. I can also give you some ideas for quality food and find the cheapest organic food so you don’t waste your money.
Eating Healthy On A Budget – Helpful Ways To Make It Affordable
Are you looking to eat healthy on a budget but don’t know where to start? Then you are going to love the Eating Healthy On A Budget – Helpful Ways To Make It Affordable guest post by Nicole from Struggle Today Strength Tomorrow.
With food and the cost of living always on the rise, eating healthy can become difficult for those on a smaller budget. I’m going to show some simple ways that you can eat great foods at prices that are great for you!
When people think of healthy foods, they often think it’s too expensive or time-consuming to eat a healthy diet.
Sadly, not every person has the kitchen skills needed to cook from scratch and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. So I won’t go too into detail here, and will primarily focus on the saving money aspect.
Things I will cover in this post:
4 ways to save money on fresh produce
3 unique ways to save money on meat
How to save money on bread and healthy grains (without baking!)
Are you looking to try the keto diet, but are on a budget? Sure, it may sound difficult to eat keto on a budget, but it is possible.
It is reported that 39.6 adult Americans are overweight and the obesity rate has increased in the last ten years (source Jama Network). This staggering number represents just how important it is to eat healthily.
And what better way to eat healthily, then to follow a low-carb diet. I know several people who have lost weight using the keto diet and improved their overall health including cholesterol and sugar levels. Yet, I am all about saving you money so I found some amazing recipes from some out-of-this-world bloggers that will help you save money and eat well, even though you are dieting.
Keto is known for being a pricier diet. People think, meat and cheese, which can take up a huge portion of your food bill. However, there are WAY more options than just meat and cheese and you can eat well on the keto diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without sacrificing taste thanks to the recipes below.
Maybe you are already on the keto diet. Whatever the case, below you will find 35 amazing breakfast ideas, lunch ideas, and dinner ideas that will leave you full and satisfied.
Do you waste money on frivolous things? It is definitely easy to do with all the constant bombardment of advertising. Let’s face it, we live in a consumer society where spending is the norm. Plus, it is SO easy to waste money if you really aren’t keeping track.
In fact, according to a recent study from Comet, around 80% of people in America are in debt. (source: cometfi.com)
However, if you are looking to get out of debt or save, it is best to find ways to cut costs and starting small is key.
I suggest keeping a spending journal. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but I challenge you to write everything you buy for the next week. You will be amazed at how many ridiculous things you are wasting money on and how these little purchases can land you in debt.
What do you waste money on? You are sure to find a few ideas in this post.
Try cutting back and putting some of your leftover money into savings, investing, or a retirement fund.
Over time, you will watch your money grow and you will be glad you did. You will not miss these wastes of money!