They say that life is measured by moments and not money and that it is far more rewarding to travel to a new place than to own a new car. Some may agree while others may not, but the same goes for almost anything in life: moments and memories will last longer than a shiny new toy. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of having “things” and owning “stuff” that many of us never get to experience what this life and nature intended: to explore and to be explored.
A wise person once said to me, “Go somewhere new every year, even if it’s only a tank of gas away.” So, let’s plan your next big trip, shall we? Here are ways to make sure you can plan that big trip next year, without having to get a second job.
It sounds silly, but it’s true. Instead of going out for pizza on a Friday with the family, make a homemade pie with everyone. It will save money on delivery fees or tipping your server, and it gives you and the kids something fun to do together. Make them put their phones down, turn off the television, and actually spend time together instead of spending money.
For holidays and birthdays, the money as to come from somewhere. Instead of buying everything on everyone’s wish list, follow the simple rule of 4: buy one thing they want, one thing they will wear, something to read, and one thing they actually need… And one special gift from you! Use this going forward with every birthday and holiday and you will be surprised how much you can save! Genius, right?
I can write all day about saving money, but the truth is, it all comes down to how you spend your money. If you favorite thing to do is shop, you don’t have to stop shopping entire, just become smarter about it. Take Surfdome for example. You can get the latest on surf, snowboard gear, and just about anything else at a fraction of the cost!
Your adventure is only a few steps away, if you know how to plan accordingly.