Small Ways to Save for Travel


For my trip, I made some very drastic life changes in order to save some serious dough. I sublet my cozy San Diego apartment, sold (or donated) most of my possessions, and moved back in with my parents for 4 months.

Now I know not everyone can make such big changes for the sake of travel, so I compiled some of the smaller things I did in order to save up money. Some will be easier for some people than others! Sorry in advance boys, this post is partially geared towards women... We've got expensive habits;)

Minimize your beauty routine

I'm talking no more bi-weeky mani pedis, no trip to the hair salon every 6 weeks, no more expensive makeup.  If you're wanting to save up for travel, this is one of the easiest ways to cut back.

If you have to paint your nails, invest one time in an at-home gel kit.

If your hair costs you a couple hundred dollars every few months, try going for a more low-maintence hairstyle. Trust me, I did the full highlight every 6 weeks for 5 years, I know the drill with needing to be blonde. Pro tip - ask them to add in lowlights the next time you go. You might not be platinum blonde but your roots won't look as grown out as quickly! This equals less trips to the salon.

Do your due diligence and find drugstore/lower end makeup that works for your skin. There is definitely a time and place for high end makeup, but stocking your bank account may be easier if you avoid it. I really like Bare Minerals. It is good for your skin, and moderately priced! They have options for foundation that range from light to heavy coverage, so it might be worth checking out! There are also great drugstore mascaras, eyeliners, and eye shadows. I've linked all my favorites in this post here.

 Cut out cable

Believe it or not, you can survive without cable/satellite TV. Get a Netflix subscription for $11 a month and save yourself the $50+ a month on cable! This would also be a great time to develop hobbies that don't involve sitting in front of a television;)

Girls Night In

There's no easy way of saying this, but that $12 mimosa or $10 vodka soda is going to eat away at your wallet real quick. Unless you're somehow able to go out on the weekends and not blow your money on drinks and Ubers, this is a really effective way of saving money. No one says you have to become a hermit with no friends, but limiting yourself to fewer nights on the town per month and more weekend nights in will leave you with a lot more dough in the bank.

(and fewer hangovers, too)

Do you need it?

Do you need yet another black sweater from Nordstrom? Or another pair of brown boots that look pretty similar to the pair you already have? Before making purchases that aren't deemed necessary (ie. groceries would be necessary) ask yourself if you really need it. So much money gets blown on last minute or unplanned purchases! A good rule of thumb is to leave whatever it is at the store (if you weren't already planning on buying it), and if you're still thinking about it a week from now, go back to get it. If its not still there, it wasn't meant to be. 

Eat less meat

Meat can easily be the most expensive part of my grocery budget. Cutting out meat from my diet and incorporating more plant-based protein (like beans, lentils) can end up saving you quite a bit over time!

Saving is easier than it sounds! Its just a game of self-discipline and utilizing your resources effectively!