Saving for the Big Trip – Meal Planning
As I am saving for the next big trip, I am keeping a track of how much money I spend, and devising ways that I can cut down on costs. As I do so, I will write an article or two on money saving tips that may help anyone else saving for a big trip, or simply wishing to save money in general. The first tip may seem a simple one to many people – Meal Planning.
It is so tempting nowadays (well, for me at any rate!) to either skip meals completely or visit somewhere serving fast food, and not actually plan any meals for the week. There is always somewhere to eat from, be it a burger van, pub or restaurant. Of course, this comes at a cost! A lunch meal costing five pounds might not seem much, but when you multiply that by five days a week, and four weeks a month, it soon adds up! Visits to the chip shop or curry house at night don't help matters either!
So, I have gotten into the habit of meal planning for the week. It is far cheaper to do things this way, and perhaps just as importantly, its a lot healthier too! To some people, this might sound so obvious, it hardly amounts to a money saving tip at all, but to others I say this – Keep track of all the snacks you buy, all the meals out you have in the week, all the times you have a McDonalds after a night out. Now, add all that money up… That's all money that you could have saved.
I figure that just over the last month, I have saved an extra hundred pounds or so just by being more disciplined with what and where I eat. That hundred pounds is equivalent to between 10 or 15 days travel (for me!). Don't get me wrong, I haven't been a complete angel, but cutting down on the amount of times that I eat out has made a massive difference. Give meal planning a try for a month – You will be amazed at how much money you will save.