Now that the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about your next adventures. While spring seems far away, it’ll approach much sooner than you expect. Whether you want to stay in an Airbnb near the beach or a cabin nestled in the mountains, you’ll need the money to make your getaway goals come to life. Here are some of our favorite tips for students to save for Spring Break.
Get everybody on the saving bandwagon
You’re obviously bringing your besties on your trip, right? This is the perfect opportunity to challenge them to a saving contest. Hold each other accountable, and see how much each of you can dedicate to your travel funds. It’ll be easier to motivate yourself knowing your friends are in the same financial situation as you!
Live more frugally
This is one of the biggest pieces of advice we can give you. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways you can save a little extra dough. Here are just a few of them to give you some inspiration:
- Bring food and snacks from home with you. When you plan ahead, you can save unnecessary trips to the campus cafés or vending machines.
- If you live in an apartment, volunteer to cook dinners with your friends instead of going out to eat. Create a rotation, so everybody in your group has a chance to host.
- Use a refillable water bottle. It saves you money on plastic water bottles, and it’s better for the planet.
Keep track of your expenses
As you may or may not know, the price of your morning coffee adds up over time. You might not realize it at first, but you’re sure to notice once you take a look at your budgeting app or receipts. Even though you haven’t graduated from school yet, it’s still a good time to see where you put your money. Learn how to create a budget—and stick to it!
Resisting smaller items will bring you much closer to your dream vacation. Material goods might make you feel food for a suitable length of time, but you’ll remember your Spring Break for years to come!
At the end of the day, if you want to kick temptation to the curb, it’s all about changing your mindset and environment. Try some of these tactics:
- Create a vision board that includes photos of your travel destination. Don’t forget to hang it in a place where you can easily see it!
- Unsubscribe from promotional emails.
- If you have to, ditch your plastic cards for a little while—only spend the cash that’s in your wallet.
Say yes to odd jobs
Random gigs are a surefire way to make money fast. See if anybody has hung up flyers in the library advertising the need for student workers. You can also create a Facebook post asking if anybody has leads for house sitting opportunities or other part-time work.
Take advantage of student discounts
One of the greatest parts about being a student is that clothing stores, restaurants, and other companies offer discounts on their products and services. The next time you’re out, don’t be afraid to mention that you’re a student to see if you can save!