Raise your hand if you want to travel more this year, but don’t really have the funds to make it happen. It actually is possible, though — you’ve just gotta be disciplined. Saving money can be a daunting task. Even if the ability to save was not bred in your bones, it can be learned. Since I have started my travel blog, I always get asked how I save up money for all of my trips. And the truth is, I actually save money a few different ways.
My main source of side income from my full-time job, is being a Wag walker! Wag is a pet care company that offers on-demand dog walking through a mobile application. It is sometimes called an “Uber for Dogs.” Independent contractors are hired to walk dogs on demand. It is nice to be paid to play and walk someone else’s dog without having to take on the full responsibility of owning a dog myself. It also just flat out makes me happy whenever I get to spend time with a dog. For those of you who know me, know that cute animals are my weakness! It really doesn’t feel like a job because I truly enjoy walking other people’s dogs. There may be people reading this thinking that the dog owners are lazy for not walking their own dogs, but majority of the owners I have come in contact with usually have a disability that makes it difficult for them to walk their dog. That is when it is most rewarding for me because it genuinely makes the owner happy that their dog is getting the exercise they need and the dog is happy to have someone to play outside with. I get paid every Friday from Wag, as long as I went on walks that week. As soon as the funds are deposited in my checking account, I transfer the money into my savings account for safe keeping. One thing I have come to realize about myself is if there is money in my checking account, I am more tempted to spend it than save it. Saving money is not one of my strong suits, but I am working on it!
Another easy way I earn money is by using Ibotta. Ibotta enables users with its smartphone app to earn cash back on in-store and mobile purchases with receipt and/or purchase verification. This is the perfect way to earn money back for people who love to shop like I do. If you are already planning on spending the money, wouldn’t you want to get some cash back? I have my rewards card setup on the app for Price Chopper so now every time I go grocery shopping and use my rewards card, my purchase is automatically added to my account and I receive money back without having to do any work. You have to earn back at least $20 to deposit the money into your bank account, but there are promos every day that help you reach that amount in no time.
I also use the most old-fashion way to save money, with my piggy bank. Any time I have spare change or any cash at all, I put it in my piggy bank for safe keeping. My piggy bank may or may not be a pink unicorn that was made for a small child, BUT it gets the job done. I am way more tempted to spend the cash that is hanging out in my wallet than using my card. As long as you stay super disciplined about not spending the petty cash you have on hand and save it instead, you will have a good amount saved up in just a few months. I typically use that money on my trips to buy food, pay for curbside service at the airport, tips, and buying souvenirs. If you are worried about your card information being stolen while traveling, cash is the way to go. Click here to see the piggy bank that I purchased from Target.
Saving money for trips doesn’t have to be hard, but you do have to be disciplined about it. In the past I would just put a trip’s expenses on my credit card and not worry about it till later, but now I have my trips completely paid for in advance. Your trip will be way more enjoyable if you have a dedicated amount of cash set aside for spending, rather than putting it all on your credit card, knowing you will eventually have to pay it all off. I am all about cutting down on unnecessary stress while traveling, and money is a HUGE thing to potentially stress about on your trip. If you have any questions about these options or you want to become a Wag walker yourself, feel free to comment below and I would be happy to help in any way that I can.