Personal Finance, World Changers

How to Finally Stop Over-Spending on Vacation

May 24, 2017 | Posted by Emily Briggs

For me, vacations are the financial equivalent of a gasoline fire starting in my piggy bank.

Now, since summer is almost here I am yet again faced with vacation season. This year, though, I have decided to stop spending so much money on vacation. I still want the same experience, but without the same price tag.

So, here are three precautions I am going to take when it comes to spending money on vacations.

1. Not purchasing an entirely new wardrobe before I leave

Mall stores and advertisements make it seem like you must have a ‘new look’ for spring break or a vacation. In the past I have bought at least 3 new outfits, a new swimsuit and a hat before the vacation even started.

Most of these outfits I hardly ever wear again, especially since I live in Michigan, and it’s always much colder here than where we vacation. This year I will shop for the bare minimum of clothes I might need. Most likely just a new swimsuit.

2. Being careful about where I eat

Tourist restaurants are usually over-priced. Once or twice it might be fun to go to a touristy restaurant, but for every meal? That can get pricey.

The best way to save money on food is to find out where the locals eat–and go there. It might be off the beaten path but certainly less expensive than the top restaurants in the area. Another bonus is that you still get to try some local cuisine, and if the local people eat there consistently, it should have great food.

3. Avoiding souvenirs

How many useless trinkets do I have from every amusement park or cute little souvenir shop? Certainly, more than I need.

This year I’ll be purchasing only things I know I will use. In addition to this, I will look for the product I want on a website such as Amazon, to see if I can get a better deal there. Sometimes the same product will be on Amazon for half the price.

With these tips in mind, I feel prepared to stay under budget this vacation season. Have fun this season, and happy travels!

Emily Briggs
Hello! My name is Emily! I am 15 years old and live in Michigan. I have two puppies and 3 younger siblings. I attend Student Council and Youth Group for weekly meetings. On weekends I spend time skiing, competing in CREW (rowing) regattas or just hanging out with my friends downtown. I enjoy painting quite a bit as well. I’m grateful to be a part of the World Changers Internship!