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Make and bring food from home.

 

I know it’s quite an inconvenience sometimes to bring food along with you on a trip versus eating out or grocery shopping when you get there, but it can save quite a bit of money. If you coupon, you can score deals leading up to your vacation for stuff you know you will need (i.e. food, condiments, paper products, toiletries, etc.). Planning out your meals and other necessities in advance has been a money saver for me. My family went to the beach earlier this summer and because of pre-planning we were able to bring a big chunk of our necessities in advance and spend a very minimal amount on these items while we were on vacation. As far as a time saver, you could even make some food in advance and plan to cook it in a crock pot so you don’t have to take time away from your relaxing vacation to cook.

If you have found ways to have an affordable vacation, please comment below or submit them in my Submissions area. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for tip #8 in this 2 week series.

To read the other tips in this series, click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #5 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #6 (Series)

 

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Go with Friends or Family and Split the Cost.

If you have some close friends or family that you wouldn’t mind spending some time with, then take a vacation with them and split the cost. You could easily save on gas by riding together. Also, you could possibly rent a larger hotel room/suite which would hopefully make the total room costs less when split amongst everyone. Finally, it may be able to save you on food if you are going somewhere where you would be making your own meals.

If you have found a way to cut on vacation expenses, please submit it in the Submissions area or in a comment below.

To read the other tips in this series, please click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #5 (Series)

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Coming from someone who used to think money grew on trees and bought everything I wanted, I feel like I can truly say that once I learned how to manage my money and to live on less, I felt less stressed and more blessed. First, because I was spending less, I didn’t feel the financial stress over figuring out where money was going to come from to pay the bills. I lived off the money I had versus living over my means and finding the money later. It’s so easy it today’s times to want that instant gratification of getting an item as soon as you want it that we no longer save the money first. We end up with mounds of debt and no end in sight. Instead, training myself to live on less and within my means, I have found so much more peace and less financial strain.

Second, less stuff means less clutter. I am very particular about having a specific place for each item in my house, so with having less stuff I have found that I spend less time straightening. When I do get new things, I try to get rid of old ones by selling or donating them to help pay for the new things plus I get a second bonus of less clutter and a cleaner looking home.

These are just the top 2 reasons for living with less. I encourage you to try living within your means and find out the many reasons for yourself to live on less.

If you have a story to tell of how you feel blessed by living on less, please share in the comments below or in my Submissions area.

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All new moms have certainly learned how expensive a new member of the family can be. I’ve found ways to save money that I personally used plus some I wish I had done myself.

1. Making your own baby food:

I can’t recommend this money-saver enough. I got a Baby Bullet for my baby shower and absolutely loved it. I used it to make fruits and vegetables and would make large batches to save time and would freeze them to maintain freshness. It really didn’t take as long as I thought it would, and it allowed me to know what was truly in my baby’s food.  Next time around, I also plan to mill my own grains for baby cereal. I didn’t realize the other attachment had this feature until my son had almost outgrown baby cereal.

 

2. Breast Feeding or Formula Couponing:

I personally breast fed, which of course saves you money on not having to buy formula. But for those who can’t or don’t want to breast feed, there are so many coupons out there for you. Sign up for Gerber or Enfamil coupons and they will send high dollar, money-saving coupons right to your house. I was constantly getting them in the mail and I didn’t even use formula.

 

3. Cloth Diapers:

Cloth Diapers was on my radar at one point before having my son, but I ruled it out during my rough recovery so it was one less chore. So I personally did not do this, but I may attempt it the second time around. I know many people that do use cloth diapers though and claim it’s not as tough as it seems plus it saves a lot of money. Check out Diapers.com for a wide variety of cloth diaper or disposable diaper options. For new customers, if you enter my referral code totreferal at checkout you get 20% off your first order. Plus new customers can get free shipping for their first 3 months when code GOCRAZY is entered at checkout.

 

4. Homemade “Toys”

This tip is good for the first year and beyond. I heard so many people tell us that a child is more interested in the packaging than the toy, but as first time parents we were determined to get our little man the coolest toys out there. Even with my couponing skills, with the exception of a few toys, it was a waste of money . He is more interested in our old credit cards, cell phones, and the cabinet full of tupperware. It’s amazing what babies and toddlers find interesting. Now obviously, make sure whatever you give them is safe and clean, but save a few hundred on their toys for the first year or so and re-use your old stuff as toys.  What is old and outdated to you is a new treasure for a 1 year old.

 

5. Hand Me Down Clothing

Fortunately for me, I have a nephew 1 year older than my son, so I get a lot of hand me down clothes. For those who don’t have family or friends with children close in age to their kids, you should take the time to check out consignment shops. If you are anything like me, I’m not in the mood to hunt down nice clothing at consignment shops, so I let the consignment shop come to me. ThredUp is an online consignment shop featuring children’s clothing. Everything I’ve ordered from there has been in excellent condition. Plus, you get $10 off when you make your first purchase. This makes for a pretty awesome deal!

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