Family vacations are a sizzling way of making fabulous memories that everyone can cherish and hold onto for years. But, they can be quite expensive, especially if you don’t plan well. Well, don’t sweat it – here are 10 creative and fun ways you can save for the vacation as a family.
1. Open a Dedicated Account for a Family Vacation Fund
Start a fund for the vacation; it’s a fantastic way for everyone to pitch in. Kids can contribute their gift money, weekly allowances, and even spare change, allowing them to take responsibility for the big spend.
2. Organize a Garage Sale
A garage sale is a fabulous way of purging all your unwanted items. Besides, it’ll help you declutter your home. This time-honored tradition will help you garner a few bucks that’ll go 100% into funding your family vacation. The trick is to ensure that every family member contributes something to be auctioned off.
3. Skip Expensive Family Outings
If your family eats out twice or more each week, you might want to start preparing low-cost, healthy homemade meals to save even more. You can also skip going to the movies and use a cheaper alternative like Netflix – at least until you save enough for the vacation.
4. The Change Jar Can Come in Handy
If you are on a tight budget, you might want to break the change jar. You’d be surprised at how much you’ve put into it over the years.
5. Liquidate Some of Your Assets
If your family has valuable memorabilia, collectibles, and other valuable assets, you might want to liquidate them directly into your family vacation fund.
6. Organize a Family Coupon-Clipping Party
Sure, clipping coupons isn’t a walk in the park. But, bringing the whole family together to do it can make it a lot of fun.
7. Make a Family Savings Thermometer
You’ve already seen a savings thermometer work like a charm at work or church. Why not bring this good old fundraising staple to your home?
8. Reduce Car Use
A family car is always on the go – grocery shopping, going to the movies, park, and school. Everyone in the family should consider skipping the car for a bike or walk to save money on gasoline.
9. Reduce Energy Costs
By switching off lights and taking other energy-saving measures, you can save money on utility bills.
10. Try Money-Saving Habits Together
Skipping things like a coffee habit, eating fast food, and cheesy snacks can also help you save.