5 ways to save money

“I want to travel, but I just don’t have the money!”

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The real problem is probably your lack of saving abilities. But not to worry! These 5 money saving tips will have you on a plane to France before you know it.

1. Find alternatives to driving a car

Ride your bike, walk, take the train, ride an elephant if you must. Just don’t drive your car! You’ll save money on not only gas, but car maintenance, parking, and the occasional *ahem* speeding ticket.

2. Cook your own food

I love going out for dinner (and lunch, and breakfast, and mid-afternoon snack) but it drains all of my money! You might not realize it, but your weekly dinners out do add up to a lot of money. Money that should be going towards your trip to Tahiti.

3. Skip the gym

I’m not advocating that you stop exercising, but the gym is an expense that you really don’t need. If you want to exercise, do it the old fashioned way. Run outside, do aerobics, lift your cat or dog.

4. Don’t buy so much crap

No matter how much you want that *insert useless item here*, you seriously don’t need it. It might not seem like a lot of money at the time, but after a few trips to the store, you end up spending hundreds of dollars on stuff you use at the time and then never look at again. Your iphone case is fine, you don’t need a new one. You don’t need anymore silverware. And just because something is on sale, doesn’t mean you should buy it. You’re probably thinking more about the price than about how much you need that thing. I know you know what I’m talking about.

5. Don’t go out every nightI promise you that spending $10 every week on movies is a waste of money. You don’t need to go to fancy restaurants when you could make something just as tasty for way less. Of course, you shouldn’t become anti social and never go out anywhere. Just remember that the money you save now, you can spend on your travels later.

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