If you’re planning to take a trip soon and you begin to tally up how much money you will need, the price can be pretty jaw dropping. But fear not, there are plenty of ways to make that dream trip happen and the best place to start is by cutting costs.

It may not seem like you have an awful lot of expenses when you are living your day-to-day life, but I’m sure it’s much more than you think and there are going to be a lot of ways where you can cut corners. Even saving ten dollars a week can get you well on your way to rays of sun and white beaches, but let’s aim for a little higher with this list!

1. Stock Up When Food Is On Sale:

Cheap boxed goods go on sale all the time and you can always find great deals. You can get killer pasta for a dollar a box and its way better than Mac n’ Cheese. If youcatch a good deal that you can’t pass up, buy five or ten of those items as long as you can store them for a while and you’ll have plenty of quick meals.

2. Use Coupons:

Thirty extra cents may not seem like a whole lot, but if you do that ten times in one week, you just bought yourself a meal in SE Asia and Central America. Every time you spend money, think about how much that can buy you while you are traveling. Do you really need that forty dollar shirt when you can get an extra one or two nights in a great hostel?

3. Cut Name Brand Coffee:

I’m a little skeptical of this one because, frankly I freaking love coffee. But nevertheless, it’s a great way to save cash. Instead of spending that extra five dollars a day on coffee at Starbucks you could be putting that towards a bus to take you somewhere you’ve never seen before. You can instead buy your own bag of coffee for ten dollars that will last at least for the next two weeks and brew your own coffee. It may not have a double shot of espresso or a face in the foam, but it will save you a lot.

4. Sell Your Excess Items:

If you plan on traveling for a long period of time, there isn’t a need for many of the things you have. Hold a garage sale and sell some of your clothing you haven’t worn in forever, sell some furniture, anything that would take extra room in your storage space. It’s also best if you can find a family member to store your items with so you don’t have to pay for storage every month. eBay is another great place to sell your things at.

5. Park a Car:

If you have more than one car, park the extra ones and cancel the insurance on them. That will easily put well over a hundred dollars back into your pocket every month. If you live in an area with a solid public transportation system you can park all of them or sell them off. If you’re dying to live nomadically for a long time, selling your cars is the best way to turbo charge your bank account and will get you closer to your goals of travel much sooner.

6. Ditch Cable:

Cable packages are crazy expensive these days and most of the things on there are worthless to watch anyway. Is your package really worth the price for how much you watch TV? You can spend the extra free time reading, surfing the net, or watching Netflix. Netflix is pretty limited as to what they offer, but it should be enough to keep you entertained until your big trip at a fraction of the cost.

7. Use Amazon:

Buying items online at discounted rates is very easy to do these days. Go on Amazon and see how much basic household items will cost you, they even have a food section that has killer deals. Try it out and see what you think, this could put another hundred into your pocket every month!

8. Live Healthier:

Constantly eating out, drinking, and smoking are all death to your money. If you’re a heavy smoker, you probably pay around forty a week for cigarettes and the same for those who drink a lot. Eating out will be even more expenses. Killing these habits will make you feel better and save you cash. Double win!

9. Prepare Your Own Food:

Test out your chef skills by cooking your own home cooked meals instead of buying prepared meals. You’ll be able to make food in excess too which will carry over to other meals and I’m sure it will taste a lot better too.

10. Create an Itinerary:

Track all of these expenses that you make in a week with an Excel spreadsheet. Every time you pay a bill or buy food or even a small little trinket see how much the total comes to after every week and month. From there, you can see where you are spending too much money and cut costs accordingly

I hope these tips help you get a little bit closer to your next adventure! If you liked this post, I would absolutely love it if you subscribed below in the footer (i’ll send you a free book if you do!). I’m also very active on many different social media platforms, but i’m the most active on Twitter and Facebook if you would like to become my friend there :).

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  1. All great tips. Thanks. Netflix has different offers in different countries. US has the best offer, but when you look to other countries in Europe their offer is not so good. But you are right, cable is almost worthless these days in most countries.

  2. I totally agree with using coupons. They can save you a lot of money when you book your flights! Eating healthier is not always that cheap. Organic food in Europe is so freaking expensive, but healthy local dishes in Asia are nutritious and affordable!

  3. Great tips, Clay! I especially like your suggestion of creating an Excel spreadsheet to track expenses. That would be a great way to see where exactly my money goes. Thanks!

  4. Some really useful tips there Clay, very well thought out. I can’t agree with the Coffee tip however, I have the occasional coffee at work but other than that I stay away from the stuff lol (shame on me I know). I really like the idea of keeping an itinerary & spreadsheet – I keep a excel budget and also keep spreadsheets for my trip costings too.

  5. Good tips Clay and we are totally in sinc with the spreadsheet for tracking expenses. It’s amazing how much you can save just by being aware of what you’re spending that you really don’t need to.
    One other thing that my boyfriend and I do is to share meals when we go out. Many restaurants offer huge portions (especially in the US)and are far too much for one person. Also if you’re eating solo just eat half of your meal and take the rest home for lunch or dinner. You save money and calories!

  6. Great tips Clay. I use a lot of them myself but have definitely taken away a few new tips to get me travelling sooner. I’m a big user of selling your unwanted stuff. I’ve made hundreds of dollars selling my old books that were just gathering dust on my bookshelf.

  7. You mean I can’t have it all! 🙂 I definitely create a travel budget and try to save to make it happen by rotating between big trips and smaller trips. Plus I maximize those credit card points!

  8. Great list! I gave up cable a couple years ago and haven’t missed it one bit. I’d much rather pay $7.99/mo for Netflix than $60 for the same stuff on cable! I need to work on some of the others – my coffee habit sometimes can’t be stopped. If only I could get up early enough in the morning to make my own…

  9. This is a great list! I definitely agree that food and beverages are one of the easiest places to cut costs. If you cook a little extra for dinner each night you’ll have lunch every day and won’t ever have to buy lunch. Eating healthier helps too, because, despite the myths, healthy food is cheaper (plus it helps you get in good shape for all the travelling you’ll be doing!) Quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol is great too (in fact, going out less overall is going to save so much money).

    If I could add one more thing it would be to walk everywhere that you possibly can. This will save you public transport costs as well as petrol costs. Plus, as with the healthy food, it prepares you for your travelling too.

  10. Drink lots of water! Not only do I also manage to save a lot of money preparing my own meals or stocking up on goods when they are on sale, but I also cut my beverages costs significantly down by using my Brita filter all the time and drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day. I have zero desire to purchase pop, fruit juices or even alcohol as a result.

    Mind you, I make a slight exception to this rule if I am going to have my friends over for the weekend. Then I need to stock up the fridge with something more than just water and milk. 😉

    • Awesome tip Ray! Brita filters are a good way to go. I also saw that they recently came up with a portable espresso maker to take into the back woods, I thought that was pretty interesting, but a bit of a waste of space!