We just bought our first home – an expensive and time consuming undertaking which I won’t get started on, but, it means that if we are seriously looking at going to Japan for the snow season – we need to pull our socks up!
(flowers from our new garden)
Here’s my plan:
- Flights are usually the biggest expense, so it’s worth taking the time to find the best prices. I like to use Expedia to compare prices.
- Accommodation is the second biggest expense and can vary in price immensely, depending on the type of accommodation you’re after. We mostly used Air BNB through Europe.
- Annual Leave – Will you be getting paid while you are away? If YES – Happy Days! If NO (we are always in negative leave) some extra planning may be required.
- Cost Estimate – Compile a total cost estimate of the trip – don’t forget to include any bills/payments that will be due while you are away.
(picture found on pinterest)
- Work out how much we need to save per month to be able to go
- Plan out expenses – especially big ones (hello house renovations) but don’t forget the small ones as well (if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves..)
- Watch your spending and saving like a hawk – be on top of it! I like to have my money in separate accounts so I can see what’s going on.
HOW TO SAVE
Here’s some things I’ve thought of that will help us save up for Japan:
- Grocery Shop Online – I love shopping online with Banana Blue. This allows me to keep track of my total spend as I go, and ensure I don’t go over budget.
- Packed Lunch – Yes, it does take some planning, (left overs are the best) but we could be saving up to $150 per week.
- Sell Things – We did a big clean up before moving house and sold a whole heap of things on Gumtree. I’d like to see if there is anything else we can sell.
- Cans & Bottles Refunds – In South Australia, we get 10c per can or bottle that we take into recycling. We did this for our Europe trip, and basically funded our daily coffees!
- Ride Your Bike – I’ve gone back to catching the bus until I get a speedy new bike and it’s reminded me that public transport is not only un-reliable, uncomfortable and slow, it’s also darn expensive! Riding a bike would save me up to $52 per week.
(my dream bike from Custom Fixies)
Stop Buying Coffee – I’m not sure if this one is possible…and I’m not even sure I’m willing to try it…. But it could save us $42per week.
I’m going to give these ideas my best shot!
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I’d love to hear if you save for your holidays and how you do it!