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How I saved thousands of dollars for a big trip abroad (Part 1)

If you’re considering embarking on a volunteer adventure of a lifetime with CCS, but need a little help raising your program fee, I’ve got some tips to help you get there. I know they work. Because they worked for me.

Below are three every-day things you can do that will have you taking capoeira lessons in Brazil, volunteering in a Ghanaian classroom, or leading amazing activities for elderly Peruvians in no time! And these little gems are tried and true; implementing these small lifestyle changes for just over five months helped me save for the trip of a lifetime, and it can work for you too.

  • Stop hitting up the coffee shop. I know that the fancy $4 latte feels so right in your hand, but I promise that the coffee you make at home still has caffeine in it and can be just as tasty. And the savings add up quickly. Bonus savings: The same applies to excessive bar hopping or ordering a soda every time you dine out. Average annual savings: 1,460 USD
  • Brown bag it. Instead of buying a $10 salad or sandwich every afternoon, purchase the same ingredients at the store and pack your lunch. Packing a lunch comes with the added, healthy benefit of knowing exactly what's in the food you're eating. Average annual savings: 2,000 USD
  • Skip the big nights out. It's Friday night, it's been a long week, and you just want a fantastic meal and to hit the dance floor with some friends. But instead of splurging on a fancy dinner and pricey cover charges at places where you can't hear your friends talk, get a little creative. Plan a game night at your place or, one of my personal favorite activities, a living room dance party. Chip in for pizza or have a potluck. You can save around $50 for each Friday night that you opt for a fun night in instead of a spendy night out. Average annual savings: 2,400 USD

Be sure to stay tuned. I've got more super saver guru tips coming your way soon! In the meantime, check out these ideas on how to fundraise your program fee.

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