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Preparation

Universal Studios Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios Orlando, Florida

First things first, figure out what you want to do and how much it’s going to cost. Then see if this trip is in range. Always remember the little sacrifices that you can make to get a gigantic reward in the end.

Save your money. I understand that we all like to pick our favorites to consume or entertain weekly, if not daily, but we need to learn to restrict ourselves. It’s not even that much of a sacrifice and I can guarantee what you get in return is far more worthwhile. Instead of buying a coffee every morning at a convenient store or Starbucks, buy it at the grocery store in bulk. Saving money on coffee is one thing, but a few extra minutes of sleep is priceless.

Buying food at the grocery store and making your own meals will save money immensely. There is never a problem to treating yourself and loved ones to dinner once in a while, but every night will dry up your savings in no time. If you don’t find anything appetizing at the grocery store, look for your favorite foods. Think of that favorite sandwich and/or cup of soup you could pick up from Panera, Quizno’s, or Subway. Imagine every last ingredient, as you devour it within a three minute period. Now keep those ingredients on the tip of your taste buds and write down every last item. Make it yourself and you will save a good chunk of change.

Everyone enjoys spending their free time partying, from one degree to another. Hey, I am always up to party, but I can also recognize when I’m just wasting my money. Buy a case and drink at home. It’s a lot cheaper than the bars, but invite a friend to avoid depression. Live with your parents? Drink in the garage. Partying is cool, don’t get me wrong, but seriously, many wonder why they are always broke and cannot travel.

These are just a few examples where one can trim a few bucks here and there. It’s different for everyone. Start by stepping back and taking a bigger look at your budget. I mean really think about it. What do you waste your money on? I promise when you make the commitment and get the opportunity to travel, you will not regret it.

One important tip: Do your homework! You need to know what you are getting into before you start your journey. Researching will not only save you time and money, but also provide some common sense about the region you want to travel to. Not everything is as peachy and wonderful as home. With that being said, sometimes when it comes to traveling; no plan is the best plan.

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