In preparation for my trip to see my Love, I have been trying to save money and cut costs anywhere I can. Since I’m a full-time college student, I only work about 8 hours per week, so I don’t have much disposable income currently. With that said, how on Earth am I going to travel across the country to see the love of my life? Here’s how I’m managing my finances to make it work…
Back to Basics: I am focusing only on necessities and making sacrifices when I can. This goes for groceries (no, I really don’t need the ice cream), fuel (I can walk to class today), and other frivolous items (I don’t need a new pair of shoes just yet). It has been difficult to cut back this way, but I know it will be worth it when I get to spend money on our trip.
Side Jobs: Like I said before, since I am only working a little bit, it can be hard to pay my bills and have money leftover to save. So for extra income, I have taken any babysitting jobs that have been offered to me recently. This little extra cash helps cover the bills, so I can save more for our trip.
Savings: So far this trip has cost me about $1000. That includes the flights, and the first hotel stay (my Love is paying for our second hotel stay). Now, $1000 isn’t just pocket change, but I did take it from my savings account. Luckily, I have been saving for years with no clear purpose as to what I would spend that money on. This is the first major thing to come up that I deemed worth the extra money, and obviously seeing my Love will be worth every cent!
Weekly Treat: If any of you follow me on Instagram, you know that Fridays are “Frappuccino Friday”. It is the one time a week I treat myself to specialty coffee at my local coffee shop. I haven’t cut this out of by budget yet because it helps me countdown the weeks until I see my Love (so it is a necessity in my eyes). I look forward to it every week, and it makes it easier to say no to other things by rationalizing that I’ll get coffee on Friday. I get a few hours to just enjoy caffeine, and be thankful that we’re one week closer.
What are some ways you saved up for an upcoming trip/event?