How to save money for a getaway

How does one save money for a getaway when you’re on a tight budget? Regular readers know I am back on the Debt Recovery Journey hoping to be debt-free again within 2 years from 30-Sep-2017. One thing I made a huge point of the last time I went on a Debt Recovery Journey was to not let it stop me from enjoying life. Yes compromises will need to be made but not everything has to go. It can be as simple as not having something for a month or two and save money for a getaway.

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How to save money for a getaway 

Today’s post I aim to show you how I have been able to save money for a getaway to Barcelona in less than 20 days.

Cash back rewards 

I bank with Natwest and my platinum current account has so many offers including cash back facilities. All the bills I pay via direct debit and shopping with my card in certain stores I get between 1-35% back which is incredible. For the last month or so I have kept all the cash back money and will be using it when abroad.

Cutting back 

This one might be hard right now as there is so much going on but I know where to start. Food wastage is my worst culprit, I throw away so much food because by the time I realise I need to eat it it’s off. For 2 weeks I did not do any food shopping instead I cleared up my cupboards. I also cut back on eating out, spontaneous trips that cost money and unnecessary spending.

Coupons and Vouchers

Continuing on with no food shopping, I am fortunate to receive the Degustabox monthly and comes with lovely coupons. I was never one to use coupons for food, for some reason I felt ‘cheap’. But now I see the value in them and how they help me save money for a getaway. I collect points from nectar, co-op and other stores and exchange for supplies which is handy.

Use comparison sites

For all the trips I plan, I use two main comparison sites; Skyscanner for my flights and Booking.com for my accommodation. I have a 10% discount code you can use if you book via my link but you don’t have to. 

Passive Income

I am fortunate that both The Myrabev Life and A July Dreamer make me some passive income. Though I am part-time, I have been able to make over £4,500 in the last 9 months alone. For the last 20 days, I have split the passive income into three categories: Post Grad Funding, Getaway Money and Taxes. I am grateful that on top of my normal salary I have passive income to do with as I please.

There other ways one can save money for a getaway including cooking meals instead of going out. Though I am not the world’s best cook I do enjoy whipping something up in my kitchen. I hope these tips are helpful to you as you plan your next family vacation or getaway.

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  • Laura Rocksteady

    Some really fantastic tips. I love using cash back sites as it’s so easy to make a little money from purchases, also cutting back is really important

    Laura x

  • You’ve done so well with the passive income! That’s a great way to save money x

    • Thanks Stephanie, I am so fortunate I get such passive income

  • I’m always amazed at how much money I have made via cashback websites (although slightly worried about the amount I spent in the first place)

  • Ickle Pickle

    Great ideas – I am trying desperately to save money at the moment! Kaz

  • Nayna Kanabar

    Great idea and tips to save and put aside for forthcoming trips and expenses.

  • Thank you, I think setting my priorities but also living my life has been the best thing ever

  • Laura Dove

    Great idea! I love this idea for saving, especially with a reason to be saving for. Cash back sites are great, I need to use them more!

    • I know right, saving for a reason like traveling is always much more fun than the usual

  • Jenny Kearney

    Your passive income from blogging is insane! You need to share some tips 🙂

    • I am thinking of putting together a small e-book to give tips and it will be free throughout 2017

  • Jinzo_2400

    I think the only question you should ask yourself before spending money like a vacation or a getaway comes from Suze Orman and that is “Can I Afford It”? If you such heavy debt that its going to take you two years to pay off….you can’t afford a getaway. All the money you are saving should go to paying off that debt and building up a emergency fund of 3 months.

    • And I definitely respect that, but I also believe in living in the moment and enjoying life. People die without doing what they wanted to do because of debt. I am not saying be irresponsible and splash money but LIVE. Thanks for stopping by

  • Cashback sites are an absolute goldmine if you shop online regularly because there always seems to be an offer on somewhere x

    • I agree, I have seen a handful of them and they have been helpful

  • These are awesome tips particularly cutting back on waste plus researching best deals on various price comparison site usually helps me a lot! Thanks for sharing

    • You’re most welcome and yes researching is keep