10 Ways To Save Money For Vacation

10 Ways To Save Money For Vacation

Vacation coming up quick? Try these penny pinching tips!

Vacation. We're all dreaming of it as exams get closer and closer. A time to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate. A mental break per se, a time for limited responsibilities and lots of free time. Oh, sweet vacation, the cure to all of our stresses.

1. Start putting away a fixed amount of money with every paycheck

Start saving part of that paycheck for the vacation that you really want. Let's be honest, you probably would've spent that little bit on fast food you don't need anyway.

2. Put a pause on that Netflix subscription

Take a little hiatus from your Netflix or Hulu subscription, and notably will you save some money each month. But you'll also give yourself one less distraction as you prepare for your impending exams.

3. Eat out less

Avoid half off apps, Panda, and McDonald's for a few weeks, and save that money that you would've spent on fast food and put in the bank for your future vacation.

4. Create a budget

Budget, budget, budget! You have to make a plan and stick to it, or you're not going to save any money for that vacation you want so much.

5. Get rid of some things you don't need

Maybe start spring cleaning a little early and get rid of some old clothes you don't need anymore through an app like Poshmark.

6. Avoid Starbucks

It's amazing how much money coffee is, especially if you go get a coffee every day. That's roughly $3 down the drain each and every day. Even if you don't buy coffee for only a week, you end up saving over $20.

7. Cook more

Cook a little more, it's honestly the cheapest option and you'll save so much. Don't like cooking? Make something in the crock pot—that's barely even cooking. You just throw everything together in one big pot and let it simmer for hours, maybe stir it a couple times.

8. Coupons

Clip those coupons! Use apps like Cartwheel and Perks before grocery shopping and scour those ads for exactly what you need.

9. Make a grocery list and stick to it

Don't go wandering down the grocery aisles aimlessly and throw whatever you're feeling in your cart (and never go grocery shopping hungry). Make a list and stick to it, maybe memorize the aisles ,and write your list in that order so that your shopping trip goes smoothly, and you don't wander down the chip aisle when you know you shouldn't.

10. Start a change jar

This method may seem a bit archaic, but it still works, pay for things in cash whenever you can and collect all that loose change from your purchases. Let's be honest, you won't even realize it's gone, and it'll add up quicker than you think.

Preparing for vacation, follow these few things to save up a little extra before it's your time to unwind.

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Live Music Is Better Than Pre-Recorded Music

Have you ever been in an arena with 15,000 people singing along to your favorite songs? It gives me goosebumps every time.

As an avid concert goer myself, sometimes going to two or more per month, I fully believe that hearing music live is way better than listening to it on Spotify.

First off, if you’re going to hear it live, you’re more than likely going with a friend. What’s better than being at the barricade singing along to your favorite songs? Nothing! Being with my best friends at a concert for an artist we all love dearly has grown to be one of my happy places.

Second, you get to hear things live that you’ll never get to hear with a pre-recorded track. Something that’s pre-recorded is the same thing over and over again, you can never change it, but with live music, it’s different every time. Some bands that I’ve seen throw in extra guitar solos or drum solos and even climb into the audience to let fans sing into their microphones, which is something you don’t get to hear on pre-recorded tracks.

There is no autotune at a concert, and if the artist is really good, they sound just like they do on the pre-recorded track. All Time Low is a great example of this - and if you haven’t seen them live, I highly recommend that you do! They are one of my favorite bands and they put on an amazing show whether it’s your first one or your one hundredth.

Acoustic songs and hearing the crowd sing the song right back is something that will always give me chills, especially big arena shows with more than 15,000 people in attendance. Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that thousands of people are there together for one night to do one thing - sing their hearts out to their favorite artists.

Getting the chance to possibly meet the artist is another added benefit of live music that I like to throw in. If you don’t have meet and greet, most artists will usually meet fans in the back by the busses! It’s one of the most exciting things about the after-concert, hoping they’ll come out and say hello.

I could go on forever about why live music is better than pre-recorded, but if I had to pick a reason over everything, I would say the memories of live music.

Sure, I can capture them on my phone and re-watch them later, but nothing beats being there with your friends and listening to all your favorite songs unfold in front of you. Nothing beats screaming the lyrics and forgetting about everything stressful in your life for awhile.

My next concert is not until June and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do until then. Attending concerts is one of my favorite past times, and this year, my friends and I will be traveling to see quite a few shows, which I can’t wait for.

Next time you attend a live show, think of all of these things discussed in this article and ask yourself which you prefer: live music or pre-recorded?

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11 Of The Best 'Powerpuff Girls' Quotes

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Growing up, the Powerpuff Girls was one of my favorite television shows. I spent a lot of time with my sister and cousin, watching and re-watching episodes, and running around pretending to be the amazing super-heroines we looked up to. When I watch the show again at age 20, I realize how funny, clever, and insightful some of the lines are. If you grew up watching the Powerpuff girls and you need a laugh, these 11 quotes are sure to remind you of the three wonderful girls who save the day, as well as their friends (and enemies)!

1. Bubbles: "There's nothing wrong with talking to yourself."

2. Blossom: "I'm not boring! I'm a... a fiery redhead! And who made Bubbles the cute one? I'm cute! Look at this bow!"

3. Mojo Jojo: "Annoying little girl, you must wait your turn, in which I am first and you are second, which, in essence, makes you last, since 1 is before 2."

4. Bubbles: "Goodness gracious! Sir, you are being slowly digested. We need to get you to a hospital."

5. Buttercup: "It takes a lot more than a couple of cheap shots to make us cry."

6. Princess: "QUIET. Now listen. It doesn't matter that you've got your little gadgets, or that you're the ultimate evil. All that matters is that I destroy the Powerpuff Girls, which I will because I have the most powerful power in the whole wide world. COLD HARD CASH."

7. Talking Dog: "Well, I may be able to talk, but I sure as heck can't drive!"

8. Bubbles: "What are you doing in our closet, Mr. Mayor?"

Mayor: "You mean...we're not in my house?"

Buttercup: "Sorry, Mayor."

Mayor: "Well that explains all the cool furniture!"

9. HIM: "You see, the thing about gift giving is it's the thought that counts. And obviously, thinking isn't your strong point."

10. Brick: "If you're gonna do graffiti, at least spell the words right! Sheesh! Talk about dum-BUH."

11. Professor Utonium: "Hey, where's Bubbles?"

Buttercup: "She's probably upstairs combing her hair so she'll be the 'prettiest girl at the party'!"

Bubbles (upstairs, combing her hair): "I'm gonna be the prettiest girl at the party!"

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