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Wouldn’t it be great to have more money in your budget for travel?
Travel is a big priority in our little family. I firmly believe that travel is one of the only things you spend money on that makes you richer. So even though we are living on one income while our daughter is young, we find a way to put money aside for traveling.
One way I fund our travels is through collecting points and miles (you can read about my hobby in this interview at Million Mile Secrets). The other way we make room in our budget for travel is by saving as much money as possible in other areas of our life to free up funds for what we really want, which of course includes travel!
So today I’m sharing my tops posts on how to save your time and money. Plus, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, so read on to find out how to enter!
Save on Clothing
I get high-quality clothes for 70-90% off retail by shopping at online secondhand stores such as Schoola and thredUP. The brands I mostly buy are Calvin Klein, Ann Taylor, and Gap, because they fit me the best and seem to last the longest.
If you are new to these sites, here’s some free money to get you started. Click any link on this page to get $20 free to spend at Schoola (plus free shipping) and get $10 free to spend at thredUP. I’ve been so pleased with the quality and selection of these sites that I don’t think I’ll ever buy another cheap piece of clothing at Target again!
I have been able to cut our grocery budget by about 40% using these strategies:
- Meal planning and sticking to a shopping list (click here for a year’s worth of my Weekly Meal Plans for free)
- Buying basic food items at Costco (again – stick to that shopping list and resist impulse buys!)
- Earning cash back on groceries with apps like Ibotta and SavingStar
- Getting most of our household and personal items on Amazon using Subscribe & Save and Prime Pantry (plus I save loads of time not running errands)
Groceries and household items are our second largest expense after our mortgage. Freeing up extra money from that portion of our budget has helped us travel and have some breathing room in our finances.
I also generate a little extra money to help buy necessities using Swagbucks as my search engine. I’ve only been using it for a few months but I’ve already earned close to $50 in Amazon gift cards.
We spend little to nothing on entertainment each month because we:
- Don’t pay for TV – we either watch what we get for free with our Amazon Prime membership or watch DVDs from the library
- Take advantage of free stuff to do in our area – we visit parks, gardens, museums and other fun and free spots
- Buy used books and DVDs at a fraction of the price on Half.com or Alibris
I’ve found that we get just as much (if not more) entertainment from these low-cost options than we did with their pricey alternatives.
Save on Disney World
I write a lot about how to save money on a Disney World vacation (and still have a incredible trip). I’ve been visiting Disney World for the past 30 years and have taken more trips there than I can count! Here are my most viewed posts about Disney World travel:
- Disney Dining Plan Tips & Tricks
- Are Disney Value Resorts Actually a Good Value? A Review of Pop Century Resort
- How to Use Orbitz to Book Disney Hotels: Save $$$ and Still Get Disney Benefits
- The Best Times of Year to Visit Walt Disney World
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Review: Jambo House vs. Kidani Village
- How to Stay at Disney Deluxe Resorts for up to 80% off by Renting DVC Points
These are just a few of the ideas for saving time and money I share here at The Frugal South. The best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter.
If you subscribe by Friday, June 10th at midnight (EST) you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. If you are already a subscriber, you’re entered automatically. I’ll randomly select a winner on Saturday June 11th and notify the winner via email.
Thanks so much for visiting my little blog today and I hope you find something helpful! As always, take what you like and leave the rest.