When I was in my twenties the idea of having enough money to go backpacking for a half a year seemed like such a distant goal that I almost gave up on it. I mean when you’re fresh out of uni the idea of being able to support yourself traveling without working is a dream, one which unfortunately many of us think is unattainable. Well, I’m here today to tell you that it is more than possible if you put your mind to it, if I can do it then I guarantee all of you guys reading this can.
I used to be so so bad with my money, I would spend it as quickly as I was making it and I can’t remember a time back then when I actually thought about saving. That all changed when I decided I wanted to get out of London for a while and see the world, there were things going on in my life that meant a change was definitely necessary. I knew that if I carried on the same relationship with money then I’d never be able to travel, so my mindset had to change and I needed to be much more disciplined.
I can be honest and tell you that it really wasn’t easy at first, but each time I reminded myself about the goal helped me stay on track. Here are some really easy tips for saving money that will help all of you out there have more money in the bank for your travels. It might take longer for some people than others but don’t let that put you off, the result will still be the same!
Ditch The Latte
We’ve all seen it on the way to work, a huge queue coming out of Starbucks with people waiting for their morning fix – I used to be one of those people. Then I got to thinking about the amount of money I would save it just bought a jar from home and made my own in the office. Think about it, 2 visits to Starbucks a day is going to cost you about £8, 22 working days in a month equals – £176 a month. That’s a crazy amount to be spending on coffee when you can just bring a jar from home and it won’t cost you more than a tenner a month. So ditch the latte and save!
Pack A Lunch
If you really think about how much you spend on food each day you might be surprised because you often forget the little snacks you pick up. If you don’t bring any food with you to work you’re going to be buying a mid morning snack, lunch and then something in the afternoon to keep you going. That’s going to cost you a minimum of £15 a day, £330 a month. If you pack your own lunch you can easily do that for a fiver a day, saving you £220 a month!
I’m not saying never leave the house but what you need to do is try not to be hitting the town when the weekend arrives because that really does drain the pennies. A night out can cost anywhere from £50-£200 depending on how hard you go, so just give it up for six months and see the amount you will save. Just invite your mates round to your place to have some beers or head to the cinema instead, both massively cheaper than a wild night out.