I really enjoy shopping, but have been trying to be more realistic with what I'm buying. So, when I get to the register, I re-evaluate and put back the extra shirt or accessory that I only sort-of liked. As a reward, I take whatever the cost of the item was that I put back and put that into a little jar for vacation. I know I'll be thankful for putting back an over-priced shirt when I'm sitting on the beach during Spring Break!
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Save money on home entertainment and put what you would have spent on sitting on your backside into a vacation fund or something else special for you and/or your entire family
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I treat myself to a yearly vacation thanks to quitting smoking 9 years ago. I put aside the money I would have spent on cigarrettes toward my vacation fund for the year. Believe me, it all adds up quickly, especially if you smoked a carton per week. I feel better, smell better, and can visit places I used to dream about!
Don't keep all your money in one place on vacation
When I was young, on family vacations my parents hid some money in the car, some in their luggage & each family member carried some. Once my father's wallet was stolen, but the thief got only a small portion of our vacation funds. I always remembered....(click on title for more info)
that lesson and do the same when traveling. We keep different credit cards, travelers checks, & cash in different locations: wallet, pocket, money belt, change purse pinned inside underwear, etc. I've never been robbed, but my vacation will not be ruined if I am. (Read comments for more info.)
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