EVERY BIT COUNTS. I wholeheartedly stand by these words. When you’re a dreamer on a tight budget, reaching your goals can mean making sacrifices. Check out these seven ways to make extra money for traveling.
Qapital App: Qapital is a free money saving app available for iPhone and Android devices. The app helps users create goals and save money in small ways by rounding up the cents of all purchases. Set up your account with these four simple steps.
1.Create an account on the Qapital app
2. Link Bank Account
3. Set a Savings Goal
4. Choose the Amount to Roundup.
-Ex. Round up to nearest $1 or $2.
Sell What You Don’t Want: Out with the old, to get to the new. Post your things on apps like Craigslist, Decluttr, Letgo, and Offerup and make it rain money (cue money shower). I’ve used this method many times, selling shoes, childhood toys, holiday decor, and old electronics to fund my trips. (I once made $1300 in a month)
Sell Free Finds: My days as a broke college student didn’t stop me from attaining my goals. When I had nothing to sell and no luck with jobs, I simply sold other peoples stuff. Try searching the free section of Craiglist, Letgo, Facebook Market and Offerup for free items and estate rummages. I’ve had a lot of luck finding car seats, free weights, appliances, and toys (my friend found an $8000 French couch for free!) and sold them for a pretty penny. This method is a great way to make extra money and all it costs is a bit of your time.
Eat Out Less: Save big by packing your lunch or making dinner at home. Average lunch costs around $7-10 per day, meaning you can save anywhere between $800-1200 in just six months. Dinner is even more expensive so just imagine the savings if you trim a little. Remember all it takes is one or two cut backs, if you eat out three times a week, cut down to two and see where that goes. The sooner you start, the sooner to that dream vacay!
Ditch Expensive Coffee: Are you a loyal coffee drinker? Maybe it’s time to change your ways. If you’re spending $3 on coffee every morning, that’s $60/month less for travel. As a coffee lover myself, I know what your thinking, how can I give up my beloved coffee?! The good news is you don’t have to. Make your coffee at home or the office and start stacking the money. I did say make sacrifices, right?
Note: You might find that some blogs deem this method useless when it comes to saving money for travel. I disagree, cutting off my coffee fund has paid for my Airbnb MANY times. So don’t knock it before you try it.
Pick up a Shift: Pack on the elbow grease and pick up an extra shift or a short term weekend gig. Waiting tables and dog walking have always been my go-to’s for fast cash. For listings check your area on indeed or craigslist. Warning: a server’s job is not for the faint of heart!
Sign up for Studies: Check out websites like Global Test Market or visit your local university to find paid studies, surveys, and reviews. In my college days, I participated in several studies that offered gift cards and checks ranging from $10-$150.
Tip within a tip: Use the gift cards to buy what you need for traveling and relieve yourself of some financial burden. I’ve used several gift cards to buy outlet adapters, portable chargers, backpacks and so much more.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to go nuts penny pinching to save for travel. Sacrificing too much isn’t worth it if it’s making you miserable. The key is to find ways to cut back on unnecessary spending and adding income of any kind to your goal. Try some of my methods and find what works for you and move a step closer in the right direction. Finally, if you found these tips helpful or would like to make a request comment below. I love hearing from you guys!