5 Tips for Saving for Your Next Family Vacation

As the year comes to an end and the weather turns chilly, you may already be dreaming of next year’s family vacation. Whether you choose the warm sun and soft crash of the waves, the cool shade of a national forest, or something in between, taking the entire family on a trip can get quite expensive. If you’ve yet to start saving, now is the time to get started. These ideas will help you find money you probably didn’t even know you had.

1. Open a New Savings Account

The easiest way to save money for your vacation is to keep it in a separate bank account. Doing so provides an “out of sight, out of mind” effect so that you aren’t tempted to spend your vacation fund on other things the family wants or needs. Some savings accounts may even provide interest. While interest may not be helpful for a short-term goal, it does add up and comes in handy if you are saving for a more extravagant vacation. Either way, who could say no to a few extra bucks?

2. Get a Side Job or Two

In the age of the internet and mobile apps, the number of ways you can earn extra income is growing by the day. If your car qualifies and you like to drive, signing up to drive for Uber or Lyft on the weekends is a good way to put money back. Other options include working for courier services, delivering groceries, or even providing one of your own skills to customers. Consider whether you could teach piano lessons, babysit on the weekends, or even sell your art.

3. Get Rid of Non-Essentials

Are you spending small amounts of money on lots of things? Those pennies add up. Whether you get a large coffee every day or once per week, switch it out for a small and put the pennies in your savings account. How often are you actually using your gym membership? If you can’t remember the last time you went, why not look up workout videos on YouTube instead?

4. Sell Your Stuff

Maybe you actually do use the gym and your treadmill is gathering dust in the basement. Sell it! Going through every room in the house and selling everything you haven’t used in the last year is an excellent way to create a vacation fund. Even better, doing so removes clutter, which has been tied to stress, poor sleep, and even illnesses.

5. Bundle Your Insurance

If you are paying for your homeowners, auto, health, and life insurance policies individually, you’re probably spending a lot of unnecessary bucks. Many insurance agencies now offer bundle packages to help you get the most for your money without sacrificing the protection of your family. Talk to your current agent or find a local insurance agency in Denver and ask them how they can help you save money.

Vacation season is only a few months away at any given time. Make sure you’re prepared. By saving money throughout the year, you ensure a good time for your family without coming home to debt-related stress.

$1 has p49.67 exchange rate – send your family support right now

The US dollar these days rose so high as per the news reports. And so with this, it makes other currencies lower with its exchange rates. With that, it is so nice to give and send support to the Philippines because the dollar has high exchange. As of today, when I googled it, a dollar to Philippine peso is like p49+. This is great news to all OFWs though it’s not really good for the PH economy but everybody is happy especially those people who are constant in their support for their families back home. It’s the time to send something to your beloved families coz you will have almost p5k with your $100.

Cash Back – join IBOTTA

Aw, I am so happy that IBOTTA put back the big supermarkets on their list. I can now enjoy some cash back every time I will do my groceries. Thanks God! I love rewards and I love freebies after spending something on things that I need. For anyone who wants cash back, do sign up at IBOTTA.

Delicious Slow cooked beef roast

When the husband cooks, surely it will always taste delicious. In this meal, he slow cooked a beef roast for around 6hours I think. And so last night we had delish meal after my kids and I got back from baptismal preparation from church. Thanks to my best chef! Mwah!

Ingredients:
Beef Roast
Red Potatoes
Corn
mixed with salt and pepper
a little bit of olive oil

Distant yourself from negativity

“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity!”

This is a great message for me today. I need to follow these words as I am into reading and watching too much negativity over the internet. I cannot change anything with the news that I’ve been reading and following for more than 100 days now. It just gives me have a high blood pressure. I still want to live and so I want to distant myself from all those negative vibes.

IBOTTA app not listing the big grocery stores anymore

I do love IBOTTA app. Before, I’ll have to check on them before doing my groceries. But right as of this date, they don’t have stores like Walmart, Target, King Soopers, Safeway, and Albertsons. I still have rewards to redeem but I cannot get it as quick as I can because these big supermarkets are not in their list of affiliates. I hope that one of these days; they will list these big stores once again so that I can add few bucks in my rewards and so that I can redeem it in my PayPal. Anyway, here are the screenshots of the stores that IBOTTA is listing today.

Nancy Lewis Park, Colorado Springs

This is one of the parks that my kids love. They call it the parks with ducks as there are lots of ducks living and nesting in this place. When we visited here, the play area was being renovated so we just headed home after walking few minutes near the pond. Oh by the way, the name of this park is Nancy Lewis Park which is located near Filmore Street here in Colorado Springs.

Leather guitar strap

Do you love things which are made with leather? I am sure you do. And for me, leather made goodies will last for a long time. I love leather and that is from shoes, belts, jackets, music accessories such as leather guitar strap and more. Also, leather is elegant looking. The color that I love most is the brown and I want the pure leather made goodies. Of course, I love when the things that I will buy is quality made leather goodies.

Script pop up on Pinterest

I experienced small problem with using Pinterest since yesterday. I mean the ‘NEXT’ button is not working because there’s always a pop up that will show; it’s like a script. Like after you click the ‘Save from a website’ and then put the URL of that thing that you want to pin, the NEXT button is not working. I am just thankful though that the ‘UPLOAD A PIN’ is still okay. Are you experiencing the same thing?

Should You Add An Elevated Deck To Enhance Your Resale Value?

When it comes to deciding whether to remodel your home, enhancing its resale value is an excellent motivator. There are few things that more positively impact the ultimate sale price of your home than a complete renovation. Even a very partial renovation, such as one that may be limited to a particular area of your home, may have a very beneficial effect on your ultimate asking price. Of all the areas that can richly repay a renovation, the deck of your house is one that can benefit you the most.

Can A Deck Renovation Add Major Value To Your Home?

Completing a deck renovation project can help add quite a bit of value to your ultimate asking price. This is because of the time, effort, and money that will be involved in completing such a major project. A deck renovation is usually going to cost you more than a similar project carried out in the kitchen. As a result, if the job is carried out in a manner that definitely adds quality to your home, it’s also going to affect the prestige and exclusiveness of the property in a way that makes it more desirable to a future owner.

Uniqueness And Exclusivity Are Positive Assets For Your Home Property

Never underestimate the value that terms like “uniqueness” and “exclusivity” can add to your home. A renovation that adds a bison deck, along with an excellent view of the surrounding area, to your home is one that may well add an extra zero to your eventual asking price. Although this is one area in which no real guarantees can be offered, it doesn’t hurt to observe that adding a unique expression of style and grace to your home can never hurt it.

Is A Deck Renovation Within Your Budget To Carry Out?

Before you begin such a complicated and potentially expensive project as a complete deck renovation, it’s important to be absolutely sure that such an activity can be sustained by your budget. This is not an activity that you want to cut corners on, as a badly installed deck can detract from, rather than add to, the value of your home. If you are able to handle the cost of a deck renovation, you will soon find that this is an activity that is well worth the time and trouble.

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