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How to Save Money for a Trip

- Briza

You want to go on a trip maybe to Hawaii, New York, Tokyo, or Paris. How are you going to get all of that money? Your family can’t really afford to go on a trip, what do you do? You find ways to save!

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Here are my top five tips on how to save:

1. Recycle cans and bottles. If you find water bottles, soda cans, or soda bottles going into the trash at your house, you are basically throwing away money. In each state, it is different as to how much a bottle can costs. But money is money. If you fill up 3 big garbage bags, you can make $30! Those $30 could go toward your trip.
2. Recycle change. You see a penny on the floor and you don’t pick it up. How many times have you seen a penny on the floor? In total, you could have had maybe 50 cents. But everything counts! If your parents come home everyday with change and you know they hate carrying it around, take it and store it in a piggy bank. By the end of a month those 75 cents everyday coming home will turn into close to $25!

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3. Get a job! If you are 16+, you can apply to get a job in most fast food places, stores at the mall, or almost anywhere. If you’re not or your parents won’t allow you to get a job, there are many more options. Mowing lawns for neighbors, babysitting, or cleaning family member’s houses. You can always make deals with your aunts and uncles like, “I will clean your backyard, mow the lawn, pull the weeds, cut the bushes, etc. if you give me x amount of money”. Most family members will be more than happy to help!
4. Swagbucks! What if you earned points for every search you made and those points added up to free gift cards? That would be amazing, right? Well, Swagbucks lets you get $10, $25, $50, $100 gift cards to places like Target (where we usually get because then we can get gift cards to many more places), eBay, Amazon, Starbucks, Burger King, Caribbean cruises, and Hotels. By using their search engine, answering surveys, watching videos, etc., you can easily earn points to get gift cards. Those gift cards can go to paying for Subway or Starbucks at the airport, or your dream cruise you’ve always wanted to take.  You might as well earn points for your searches that you normally do on Google.

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For instance, for our Disneyland trip, we earned $500 worth of Disney gift cards by redeeming our Swagbucks for Target and buying $50 gift cards for Disney. It took my family a year to get that much, but slowly we earned all of our money to buy our tickets and food.

5. GoFundMe. GoFundMe is a website that allows you to advertise your cause for which you want to save money for. Many are for Travel, some are for Medical reasons, or Family Emergencies. You raise money by writing a story about yourself and why you need the money. People then look at your page and decide if they would like to donate to your cause. The amount can be as little to $1 or as big as $1000 or even more. I currently created one for my trip I want to take to Costa Rica. You can read more about it and donate here. You have to advertise it by going to your local newspaper or radio station to see if they can give a shoutout about it. You could also share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to get the word out. Family members and friends are most likely to donate $5. Before you know it you have saved up at least half of your money. A close friend of mine raised $2000 for her trip to Europe by sharing on her mom’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and local radio station.

By doing all of these things, overtime, the money will add up! These are just a few ways to save money for your trips or dream vacations. Encourage your family to do these as well and then those dream vacations will come true!

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