First things first...have you entered the Michigan First Scholarship yet? No? Well, you need to! Three people will win a top prize of $10,000 and that could be you. So, don't put it off any longer...
Okay, now it's story time. I was on a little vacation this week, let me tell you a little about it...
Although saving money is a top priority, I am the type of person who absolutely needs to get away, like... every season. My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary on Sunday and we took a trip to Vegas to celebrate. (Yippee us!) Vegas might seem like a strange place for my husband and I to go, because we don't drink or gamble. BUT, we had such a good time and got some amazing deals. We saved close to, $400.
While in Vegas we stayed at Treasure Island Hotel. We took advantage of a food promotion the hotel had and pre-paid for food, which saved us $40 and we also got a bunch of free meal coupons and 1/2 off meal coupons from the front desk. My husband and I sat through a time share presentation for free dinner and free tickets to a Vegas show! (This took a lot of time, but it was worth it, we saved at least $200 because of it.) In Vegas we were surrounded with opportunities to spend money. There was a mall attached to basically every hotel, not to mention the things Vegas is famous for.
My biggest piece of advice for those of you who want to plan a short and inexpensive get-a-way is, plan ahead, do some research, use cash only to avoid over spending and don't get caught up in the hype of your vacation. Yes, you go on vacation to relax and de-stress, but that's not giving you permission to go crazy. You will still have bills to pay when you go home. A part of being Young & Free is making wise decisions with our freedom.
A Vacation might not seem possible to you right now, but if you start saving some extra cash specifically for a vacation, maybe for spring break, you will be able to go on a trip without financial stress! You might need to make some sacrifices, like eating PB&J for lunch every day for that extra 6 bucks a day, but if that means I can go on vacation, bring on the PB&J!
So, stay encouraged, you can reach your goals and have fun while your doing it.
Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,