Even if you start saving now you can still save a substantial amount towards your holiday spending money. Instead of buying lunch out each day at work, make a packed lunch instead and you'll save a small fortune by the time you fly off on holiday. Likewise, if you treat yourself to a latte and a muffin on the way to work, buy yourself a takeaway style coffee cup and make your coffee at home instead. You could even make a batch of muffins every weekend ready for the week ahead if you need a sweet fix in the mornings. Cut down on takeaways before you go away too. It's easy to spend £20 a time on takeaways, so if you have one a week you're looking at a saving of at least £80 a month by cutting them out.
Leave Now or Book Last Minute
It's cheaper to holiday outside of the school holidays, so you'll make real savings on travel and accommodation if you go away in the next few weeks before the school holidays start in July. Alternatively, if you don't mind where you go and don't need to know exactly which hotel you'll be staying in, booking a last minute deal can also save you money, especially if you're able to be flexible.
Your Holiday Wardrobe
Don't spend a small fortune on the latest designer bikinis when you can buy an entire wardrobe, including some great value bikinis, from George at ASDA at a fraction of the price. Stock up on vests, tropical prints, shorts, pretty dresses, sandals and, of course, swimwear and you'll be ready to hit the beach in style without going bankrupt in the process - see some of my favourites below!
Perhaps choose to book your travel and accommodation separately. You can find some great bargains if you break away from package deals. You can also find bargains by booking direct with the owner, especially if you're looking at staying in an apartment or a villa with a group of friends and self catering. Other options are to stay in hostels. That's not as scary as it sounds - in some countries you'll find they're B&B's, so don't dismiss this budget solution until you take a closer look.
Live Like a Local
If you want to find out the cheapest and best places to eat, look for the bars and restaurants crowded with locals. Go to the happy hours in various bars and then switch to soft drinks - you won't catch expats and locals paying tourist prices, that's for sure! Don't be afraid to haggle the price on things like boat trips, especially if there are lots of places operating the same tours in the same area - they want your business after all.
By taking even just a little of this advice on board, you'll be able to enjoy your summer holiday without spending a small fortune. More to spend on new bikinis then! Are you going away this summer? Where are you heading, or where would you like to go? Do you have any more hot tips for getting a holiday on the cheaps?
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