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 contribution, 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