So you’ve made the decision to go to The Bahamas for a few weeks, and you’ve booked your
Bahamas vacation rentals. Now it’s time for you to start saving a bit of cash so you have enough money to spend while you’re away. A lot of people agree that saving enough money is easier said than done, but how can you realistically make it easier on yourself? We’re going to take a look at this right now:
Stop Spending Money on Things you Don’t Need
You know that $40 you spend on a takeaway every week? It’s time for you to stop spending all of that money. Instead, cook a nice meal at home using ingredients you already have in stock, and save the $40 for your vacation. Just think, in one month’s time you’ll have $160, and in 6 month’s time you’ll have $960, now that’s not bad at all, is it?
You may also want to take a look at your other out-goings and see where you can save a bit of cash. This does potentially mean that you’ll have to spend less money on night’s out and even reduce the number of night’s out, but that can only be a good thing. You may also want to take a look at your TV subscriptions as they can soon add up over the course of a year.
Save Money on Groceries
A really good way to reduce your spending is to save money on groceries. The trick here is to write a shopping list and stick to it. This means that you only ever buy what is written on the list, which also means you’ll need to avoid all of those lovely ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offers that seem so tempting.
Another way to save money on groceries is to shop around. Most supermarkets like to compete with each other in terms of price and their special offers. So, find out how much you could save by shopping around, and put the money that you’ve saved into your vacation fund. Although you may not save yourself a lot of money shopping this way, every little bit certainly helps, and it can all mount up over the course of a year.
Think Twice About Out of Date Food
Not a lot of people are aware that most out of date food is perfectly ok to eat. In fact, a lot of people throw expired food away thinking there must be something wrong with it. The truth is that as much as 95% of expired food is perfectly ok to eat. Food manufacturers have to add a date to the food they make by law, but the date does not always reflect the longevity of the food in question.
However, you do need to be careful with food such as pork, chicken, and some cheeses. These foods should never be eaten passed the use by date. Foods that typically come with a use by date will need to be consumed on or before that date. Foods with a best before date are usually ok to eat, which means you can ignore the best before date as it’s just a guide for the manufacturers and retailers. This means it’s no reflection on the quality of the food, and this means that you don’t need to throw it away.
Take a close look at any food that’s passed its best before date, does it look ok? Give it a sniff, does it smell ok? If you can answer “Yes” to both these questions the food is likely to be ok to eat. So, keep it out of the bin, use it up, and avoid throwing away perfectly good food that you’ve already paid for.
The way you drive can affect how much fuel you use, and we all know that using even more fuel than we need to can get expensive. If you want to save money for your time in The Bahamas, you may need to start driving differently. One of the first things you should do is avoid stop-start traffic, simply because it uses more fuel. If you know there’s going to be a traffic jam up ahead and you’re going to be continually moving and coming to a stop, wait until the road is less busy or find an alternative route.
Another really good way to save money is to avoid driving when you can walk. You will undoubtedly save a good amount of fuel over the course of a month, and a bit of cash too. Of course, there will be times when you just have to drive, but if you can limit the number of times you need to pay for fuel, your bank balance will look better for it. When you have to drive try to maintain a consistent speed if you can. This will help to reduce the amount of fuel you use, and again will make your bank balance look so much better.
As you can see, there are a good number of ways for you to save money, without you having to feel like you’re missing out on doing the things you love. With a bit of thought, you can save quite a bit of cash so you have plenty to spend on your vacation in The Bahamas. Start saving today so that you have enough money to spend as you wish on your vacation of a lifetime.