Read Related: 5 Great Family Road Trips to Take This Summer3. FIND THE BURIED TREASURE Have you ever gotten home, taken your keys out of your pocket, and found tons of change in your pocket? DesignItGirl blogger Nicole Torres has. She uses water bottles to store her change, “I have one of those large empty Water Bottles and every week I put $20- $40 dollars in coins. Since we don’t see coins as we do the actual dollar we tend to ignore its there.” Families can save about $50 per month from keeping their spare change. That’s $600 a year with no real effort. Not bad. If you’re concerned about rolling all that change, don’t worry. There are several different ways to turn that jingle into paper that folds. One of my favorites are the Coinstar machines available in most grocery stores. You just drop in your change, the machine takes a percentage, and you get a receipt with the amount of cash you brought in, and the checkout cashier gives you the cash. 4. SPARE MONEY Want to have access to more money without giving up anything you’ll miss? Cancel memberships that you’re not actively using. Take a look at those credit union statements. Are you signed up for the gym, but you never go? Do you have a video service charging your card every month, but you never order videos? Have you signed up for monthly credit monitoring that you didn’t want and forgot to cancel to get your free credit report? Canceling things that cost you money and you see no value from are great ways to put a few more dollars towards your vacation fund.
1. WONDER OUT LOUD Talk to your family about what they’d like to do this summer and what your family can do to make it happen. Once everyone is on the same page about saving, it will be easier and more fun to reach your savings goal—together. It might even help to create a dreamboard as a family or hang some visual representation of where you’d like to go or how far along you are towards your savings goal. 2. PARTY HARD It’s warm, the kids are out of school, and you’re getting lots of invitations to events. It sounds fun until you realize that the gas money to get there and back, plus the cost of the actual event, tax, and food is all dollars that could be going into your vacation fund. Instead, why not invite friends over to hang out? Everyone can bring a dish, which saves on food costs, while socializing and helping you reach your vacation goal.