So many people never get to travel because they are convinced they can’t afford it. Instead of resigning to the idea that travel isn’t an option, modern-day wanderlust-ers are finding innovative ways to get their travel funds together. The truth is that regardless of your current financial situation, there are ways that you too can afford to travel.
Supporting Your Travel Habits
While it isn’t likely you’ll come into a sudden windfall that will allow you to travel to your heart’s desire, you can make certain choices to help support your next trip. If you are curious about finding alternative ways to invest in traveling, read on.
- The More You Save, the More You Travel
Getting into a money-saving mindset will help you reach your travel goals much faster. Find out how much money you need to spend on your next trip, set up a savings timeline, and work towards making that deadline. What you avoid spending now can be used for your travel adventures in the near future.
Who watched the Royal Wedding? Unlike Prince Harry and Meghan Markle your wedding could take years and years of planning! But what’s next when the vows are said and the day is over? Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of engagement rings, we take a look at the costs that you’ll face after the wedding day, from starting a family to moving to a bigger home.
Starting a family
For many couples, having children is the next big step after marriage. In the US, the average time a couple waits between getting married and having a baby is three years. We started just before the wedding, but at that time it wasn’t meant to be.
The following research conducted by Nicotinell, a company which can help people when they have ambitions of quitting smoking, has provided insight on how much smoking costs across Great Britain by those who have taken up the habit…
Understanding where the research came from
The basis for the research comes from the fact that the average daily cigarette consumption for men across Great Britain sat at 12 cigarettes in 2016, according to the Adult Smoking Habits in the UK: 2016 report put together by the Office for National Statistics. This figure sat at 11 cigarettes a day for women. Over a year, these figures work out at 4,380 cigarettes for men and 4,015 cigarettes for women.
Now I’m on maternity leave, this past week I have sat down thinking about ways to save money on your weekly shop. Maternity pay isn’t a great deal in fact it’s only £140.98 a week (as of March 2018) so when you are used to working full-time it’s a big drop in wages. In our household I mainly pay for groceries, this is an area I know we can save money on.
I have been thinking about tips on how we can slash our grocery bill each week and have come up with these top tips. I hope you find them useful to help you save money as well.
Top Tips to Slash Your Weekly Shopping Bill
- Meal Plan – This is the most important one! Before you head out the door sit down with a cup of tea and plan ahead for the week. I’m now doing this on Fridays before we go shopping on Saturdays. I also keep a check of what I’ve got in the cupboards and freezer to see what I can use up for the coming week. I have the husbands birthday coming up this week and while hunting through the cupboard I found I had all the ingredients to make a fruit birthday cake for him except the eggs. When I was working full-time, running a household with a toddler around I never had the time do meal plan as such. Therefore I always bought extra I didn’t need.
Welcome back to Thrifty Thursday. Last time I shared with you one of my favourite money-saving apps called Shopmium. This week I’m sharing another app called Checkout Smart. This app is all about claiming cash back on your everyday items while you are shopping. A good tip is to have the app open while you are going around the shops so you can scroll through the offers.
Some of the products are free, whereas others are money back. Checkout Smart works in a similar way to Shopmium in that you must keep the receipt and upload it to the app when you have bought the item. The excellent feature of Checkout Smart is that it has a filter option so you can select which shop or supermarket you are in and only show the relevant products to that shop.
“New year, new me!” How many of us have uttered those words before? While it’s great to feel motivated in January for a year better than last, putting that into practice for all 365 days is hard work.
Organising finances is something many of us do at the start of the year. It’s the best time to do it, too. If you set yourself up well in January, it can have a ripple effect for the whole year. Now is the time to sort your PPI Claims, open that savings account and declutter your home to sell old stuff for extra cash.
There are a few ways to bring in cash when needed. But, we’ve listed three of the very best ways — from saving just a penny, to making a PPI claim — to to get organised with your finances and long-term solutions for the whole year.