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6 Tips To Save Up For The Holidays
28 Oct 2019INSPIRATIONBY SweetEscape

SweetEscape is an on demand photography platform that can capture any moment, any time and any where you would like. Holiday season is just around the corner, and if you're probably planning on having a little get away from your stressful daily life routine at work, school or home - then you would need some extra savings to spend for your special holiday. Since you still have a month left for you to gather some more funds for your vacation, SweetEscape has in store some ideas for you to try out and implement in order to help and boost you a bit more to save up for your wonderful trip below:

1. Fresh Home Cooking - A Therapeutic way of saving

Living in the 21st century is undeniably difficult, especially having to be surrounded by all the delicious culinary innovations of different tastes and forms. Unfortunately, we don't always know what is put in the food you eat... fancy restaurant or not. Truth is, you don't always get to see how they prepare your food behind the scenes, let alone know where the food comes from. Meaning, all these years you've been living and eating out with your family and friends, you've been fed all sorts of things that you might... or might not want to know about. Not scary enough? Think about it this way. Take it as if all that you've been putting in your bodies are harmful chemicals and preservatives, not so pleasant after all, right?

by Abi for SweetEscape in London
by Abi for SweetEscape in London

So, our first solution for you is to switch to fresh home cooking in the comfort of your own living space. Not only do you get to save money that way, but you also increase your quality of life by buying fresh food and preparing them as clean as you would want it to be. Home cooking is also a proven method of de-stressing from all of your daily troubles and life issues. Through the art of cooking, perhaps you have never really understood the art and benefits of practicing it. Give it a try and be surprised at how much money you'll end up being able to save!

2. Social Butterflies Need a Break Too - Lessen Your Social Activities

What is life without your friends and loved ones? Everywhere you go and whatever you do, you’re bound to meet new people and eventually build relations with them. In reality, it’s almost impossible for us to not need or have any sort of friendships throughout this lifetime - whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. Perhaps you're used to meeting up with your oh-so-many friends a few times a week, and each time you meet up, it definitely adds up. Your circles of friends probably have their own favorite hangout spots that are most likely trendy and on the pricier range. We hate to break it to you, but these social activities aren't so friendly on the wallet - especially if you're trying to save up.

by Abi for SweetEscape in London
by Abi for SweetEscape in London

Meeting up with your besties and friends are almost always fun, and time really does fly when you spend time together! Usually, one hangout spot isn't enough, and you would resort to jumping to another spot afterwards to extend your time together. This means more money spent! For this case, we won't tell you to stop hanging out with your friends entirely. Moreover, we highly urge you to decrease the frequency of you meeting up with your friends going out and about. Better yet, if you really must have your get together with them, opt for a cheaper alternative - a simple house gathering; it's personal, more intimates, cheap if not free and convenient!

3. Cheaper Commute Alternatives - Walk, Bike, or Bus it when you can!

If you're used to driving your comfortable car or having the luxury of ordering an Uber or Grab to take you places, consider yourself very lucky! However, gas is expensive, and other than contributing greatly to global warming... parking isn't free either. If you need to commute back and forth to your workplace every day, then you might want to consider alternative options that are more money efficient compared to driving and Uber-ing everywhere. Sometimes you've got to make some sacrifices to get what you want... in this case, you'll be saving more money!

by Jayasri for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Jayasri for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Learn your local transportation methods if you don't already know the and try out the bus or trains for instance. If you're not really a fan of busses, you can easily opt for the subway or perhaps ride your own bike. It might all seem like a chore at first, but if you really think about it... you'll be getting double benefits from doing so; health and money wise! Now that's a combo you shouldn't want to pass. You'll be relieved once you see your weekly spending drop just by making these little but effective changes.

4. Have A Conventional/Actual Piggy Bank - Deposit Daily

ATMs, credit cards, and all of those online transaction apps surely make our lives a whole lot easier. With just a swipe of a card, you can purchase anything you want or need, and you can even pay for things in installments adjustable to your convenience. Truth be told, these credit cards and atms make it so much easier for us to spend, spend and spend. With money always in our pockets in forms of cards in addition to the extremely convenient mobile banking services, we are bound to increase our desire to spend and tend to our consumerism habits. Perhaps you've decided to specifically open an account for your untouchable savings... but most often than not, you end up spending your savings anyway.

by Andy for SweetEscape in Vienna
by Andy for SweetEscape in Vienna

A fun tip from us is to get the traditional piggy bank for you to save your money. You might think it's easier to retrieve, since you can simply crash the piggy bank to pieces and have all your money come out scattered. The trick here is to really personalize your piggy bank, decorate it or glue on your favorite pictures of your loved ones and friends. You'll be hesitating to break your piggy bank to pieces with all those nostalgic features stuck on it. If you're wondering as to when to open it up, do so when it's the day of your vacay leave. You'll be traveling with more than a pocketful of sunshine!

5. Download a Money Management App - Works Wonders!

In case you don't already know, money management apps can actually do you a lot of good. For those of you who could never keep track of your spendings, such as how much you spend per month, what you mostly spend on or where your money goes to in general - these applications are guaranteed to help you build that habit of keeping track of your money. You'll be able to see which of your spendings are necessary and which are simply a waste. But like every other habit, it'll take some time for this habit to become fixed. Practice does make perfect, though!

by Haris for SweetEscape in New York
by Haris for SweetEscape in New York

Look up the most recommended money management apps and have a look at each of them to see which one you lean more towards. Give it a try, it won't hurt! By doing this, you'll also be able to know just how much you're expected to save in order to reach your goal. If that doesn't sound fantastic already, we're sure this next tip will!

6. Promo Codes and Sales Galore - Why Pay More When You Can Pay Less

If for some reason you just can't help your shopping habit, that's okay! Just be a bit frugal for your own sake and savings. When you look properly and into the right websites, you'll be given all sorts of promo codes and sales that you probably have never realized before. Don't be shy, use them to your advantages! Afterall, the prices you pay aren't actually what you're paying. It's business! They need profit, which is why your items cost more to buy than the actual cost of producing them. This doesn't only apply to shopping, but it applies to a whole range of different things.

by Haris for SweetEscape in New York
by Haris for SweetEscape in New York

So now that you're more aware, do look into those promo codes and sales. Why pay more money when you can actually pay a whole lot less? You'll be so glad to discover that you'll be smarter when it comes to shopping and purchasing items. Thinking of using SweetEscape? You're just in luck! We've got a special promo just for you in the upcoming month ahead to get you ready and set for the holidays.

Succeeded in saving up and are finally going to your long-awaited vacation? Make sure to book a session with SweetEscape and we guarantee you will have a great time with our photographers. We're here #ForEvery moment, so book your session today and let's #makelifememorable!