We have been able to do several memorable family trips for around or less than a thousand dollars. We’ve went to the Smokey Mountains in TN for around $1000 and on a beach vacation to Galveston, TX for LESS than a thousand dollars. A beach vacation for around $800! We’ve also been to Arkansas and San Antonio/Austin for less than $1000. So many families think that a yearly family trip is out of their reach. They wonder how they can possibly come up with enough money. With a little planning and a tiny bit of work it’s easy! There are 52 weeks in a year, $1000 divided by 52 weeks is $19.24 a week. All you need to save is less than $20 a week! *Almost* everyone I know can save $20 a week.

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To The Bank Tuesday is weekly encouragement and money saving tips to help you save for your next family trip. Every Tuesday I will tell you what I did the previous week to easily save money to go towards our vacation fund. The trip we are planning this year is going to cost us more than our budgeted $1000 and we also have a few costly home improvement projects coming up. I’m hoping To The Bank Tuesday will help me to stay motivated to being frugal and encourage you as well. This is not about becoming miserly hermits that will do anything to save a penny. These are going to be easy practical tips to help remind us to use our money wisely and to not be wasteful. I’m also going to be featuring your money saving tips as well! Email the creative ways you’ve saved money over the past week and I’ll feature it in To The Bank Tuesday. We can all learn from each other!

How I saved money this week:

– I made a price book out of an old spiral I had lying around the house. It’s a list of foods I buy often with the prices from different stores I normally shop at. It will take a couple of months to finish it but I know from starting it that I should always buy my salsa at Costco vs. Aldi because the per ounce price of Costco’s salsa is cheaper.

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– I went through my refrigerator Saturday. I had about 10 lbs. of apples that needed to be eaten quickly so I made applesauce. Applesauce gets eaten more quickly around here than apples do so I didn’t waste any apples.

– We didn’t throw a single leftover out. I hate wasting food! I feel so ungrateful for the blessing of plenty of food when I throw out food that has gone bad. I made sure we ate all our leftovers by making sure they didn’t get shoved to the back of the fridge to be found next month.

– I menu planned this week. This is something I often fail to do and end up at the store just throwing items in my buggy in hopes they will become a meal. By menu planning I was able to shorten my grocery list. I looked at what I had in my freezer and pantry to see what would make a meal. Then I made a short list of the few other items I would need. I had all the meat I would need in the freezer. I also had thought about having baked potatoes on Wednesday but while looking through my freezer for items to use I found a bag of shredded summer squash from my garden that I had frozen. I’ll make squash patties instead, no need to spend money on potatoes or the cheese and green onions I would have put on them.

– I’m also sounding like a broken record constantly telling the boys, “Who left the light on down the hallway?” “Who was the last one in the bedroom (or bathroom) and left the light on?” I’m hoping to save money on electricity by reminding the boys to turn off lights they are not using. Hopefully they will get into the habit and I won’t have to always remind them.

What are some ways you’ve saved money this week? Email me or comment below, I would love to learn from you!

 

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” -Benjamin Franklin



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