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Top Travel Tips: How to Save Money for Travel

While we could travel on a budget, still, we would be spending, right? At the very least, we would still eat, sleep and ride on public transport – not to mention that we would likely buy stuff like souvenirs wherever may we go to.

So, where could we get our funds then? In this post, we have listed down a probable ‘well’ of resources where we could try to fetch as much funds as we could for our next trip.

  1. FULLTIME JOB. Obviously, your job would be the biggest source in funding your trip. With its guaranteed fixed income, you would already have an idea of how much you’d earn in a specified period.
  2. PART-TIME JOB. Not only would an extra job speed up your savings, but it would give you more cash which would certainly help in emergencies. So even car washing or baby sitting helps. You could have these on the weekends or just spurn the fulltime job altogether with multiple part-time jobs depending on goals.
  3. PACK LUNCH FOR WORK. Wouldn’t it be more economical to just bring a packed lunch with you to work than buy lunch at a fast food? Besides, you get to consume healthy food here.

    Who says bringing a packed lunch to work is a hassle??
  4. WALK. If your workplace is just about, say, 3 miles, why not just walk to it? Walk, not run. Running or jogging would just drench you in sweat. Meanwhile, walking at your pace would give you a nice daily ‘cardio’ without getting you that stinky, uncomfortable feeling. Just make sure to have sufficient travel time allowance.
  5. CAR POOL. If you don’t want to walk and you have a friend who goes your way, then try to arrange for ‘sharing rides’. Like, having a ride on his car to the farthest point you share a way with. Do you follow? You can do this alternately if you also have a car, and the least that could happen here is that you save around half of your transportation expenses.
  6. SAVE ON RENT. Now we go to accommodation, one of the biggest fixed costs one has to set aside if he were renting an apartment. Well, why not try renting out your spare room? This would obviously cut down on your own rental. Else, move back to your parents – or stay with friends or relatives at a discount.

    Even before there was Airbnb, renting out a spare room has always been a helpful option.
  7. QUIT MEMBERSHIPS. If you’re really looking to save, then consider cutting your gym membership (and other clubs and subscriptions) – instead, get creative by using your own stuff (like, chairs, luggages, etc.) in your workouts. You can also jog outside or even climb up and down your stairs.
  8. CHEAP LEISURELY ALTERNATIVES. Of course, while we know you’re trying to save for travel, it’s also understandable that you’d look for leisurely things or activities once in a while. Thus, make sure to check and choose cheaper options or alternatives. Like, if you love coffee – as after all, it’s probably the most popular drink – go for coffee packets instead of Starbucks. Never overspend, but underspend. Remember, you’re trying to maximize savings, so don’t even use your credit cards instead look for discounts or deals when purchasing or doing something fun.
  9. SHOPPING LIST. Speaking of buying, it then absolutely makes sense to list down what you need before getting out of the house. Yes, what you need – only. Not want. Stick to your list whatever it may be that if you can’t find the item, look for the cheaper option. Unless of course the item you’d buy is strictly specified.

    Whether in a grocery or convenient store, having a list assures cost-efficiency.
  10. GARAGE SALE. And surely, don’t you forget the immortal ‘garage sale’. Don’t concern yourself on how cheap it could become, after all, you’re disposing stuff you no long use. Besides, once you’ve sold them all out, it just all adds up – no matter how small the amount was at the start.

At the end of the day, saving is simply about finding ways – whether you sing on the street or do tutoring. Indeed, life is really just about hustling and certainly, seeking more income or saving money is at the root of it – especially if you love traveling.

Wait. And we’re not even talking about getting online jobs here! Hmm. Unless travel is all you want to do from here on in.

Happy and safe travels!

My Home: How to Have a Home with No House Payments and No Monthly Utility Bills!

Okay, many of us dreams of that grandeur.. well, not necessarily that grandeur but some sort of ‘dream’ house that we could have a life and build a family perhaps. Yeah, that’s understandable, a nice home where we could grow old. Still, if this home would only enslave us to all those house payments, would having one be really worth it?

Sure. No choice. Where would we live then? Right. But what if there was a way for us to really have a home that is free from mortgages and monthly utility bills? That would be great, huh?! So, let’s see where LaMar Alexander takes us..

Hmm… know what? At first, this idea may sound just about the same. Really! Hey, you may be free from mortgages but you’d still look for money to acquire land and build this house of yours.

Yet, looking carefully..

You could actually save a lot since your expenses would be one-time and at a minimal compared to also being stressed out for, say, 25 years just to fully acquire that ‘dream’ house. More so, you may not even be totally satisfied with those materials used in building your ‘acquired’ home.

The only thing here would then be — would you willing to live in such a ‘basic’ house? Yes? Oh, with the rising cost of living, this should be a no-brainer.

Besides, with solar power and propane to power your bank account — you could eventually afford to build or buy a more luxurious house in the future. Makes sense.

Gift Ideas: 3 DIY Christmas Gifts Set 2

So, here’s another set of ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Christmas gifts your loved ones would treasure, and of course save you money for the holidays. And they are the sweater totes, the handmande candles, and the button rings. How are they done? Let’s read through it..

Sweater Tote 

Sweater Totes
Sweater Totes

The main material? Stretched out or shrunken sweaters! It happens to everyone at least once — a wool sweater finds its way into the washer and dryer by mistake, and the result is a garment so shrunken it will fit only the cat. The reason? Wool fibers have microscopic hooks that when wet, warm, and agitated grab onto one another, making the fabric denser and smaller. this process is called ‘felting’, and it works best if a sweater is made of 100 percent wool. When choosing sweaters, remember that a thicker sweater makes a stronger tote, and that patterns really liven up things. And how to make a ‘sweater tote’?

First, you gotta secure the materials you’ll need:

  • 100 percent wool sweater (L and XL are good for totes)
  • Washer and dryer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Large needle
  • Strong thread (carpet, quilting, or embroidery)
  • Scissors
  • Additional sweater for pockets (optional)

Then, transform your sweater. Wash and dry it on regular heat in the dryer. repeat if necessary. Cut off the sleeves and neckline of the sweater. refold so the seams of the sweater and the strap openings face front. Turn the sweater inside out and sew across the bottom, 1/2″ in from the edge. Fold straps, slightly overlapping, in thirds and sew to secure. stitch around the bag’s opening to keep the tote’s top from stretching.

Finally, make the pocket. It can be any shape you like, but mitten-shaped ones are a charming nod to the tote’s knitted origin.

Handmade Candles 

Handmade Candles
Handmade Candles

Teacups offer elegant vessels for hand-poured candles. Repurpose china from old place settings, mixing and matching pieces. Or single out a favorite new find, such as this one from Anthropologie. But how do you make candles?

Well, you’ll need wax, wicks, putty, a pencil, and a candy thermometer, all of which can be found at a craft store. Wax can be sold in blocks, sheets, and shavings, which is to be melted on a stove or in a microwave.

Now, for pouring the wax. Wrap one end of the wick around a pencil. Set pencil on egg cup, suspending the wick. With putty, secure wick’s metal clip to bottom of cup. In a double boiler, melt wax according to package directions; use a candy thermometer to gauge temperature. Pour wax in a cup; allow to fully cool. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.

Button Rings 

Button Rings
Button Rings

Emily Peters sells these baubles at the Country Living fairs, but she’s also generous enough to tell you how to craft your own. If you become so carried away that you need more buttons, etsy.com  has a killer selection of vintage ones — or of course, you could look for good ones in your local store.

Step 1: Start with an adjustable brass ‘ring blank’, the band that wraps around your finger ($6.50 for 10; filigree findings.etsy.com).

Step 2: If your button has a shank on the back, snip it off with wire-cutting pliers and sand down the back surface with a rotary tool (dremel 4.8-volt, $24.97; homedepot.com).

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of metal-bonding glue (beacon’s glass, metal & more glue, $6.99 for two ounces; createforless.com) to the back of your button, then adhere it to the top of the ring blank. If you’d like to add a second button, apply a thin layer of the glue to its back side, then adhere it atop the first button. Let it dry for 24 hours. Done.

Don’t you just love these DIYs? You not only make your loved ones happy but you also save some cash — with a bonus — you even learn something! Wow! Just a little care with the sweaters and candles..

YouTube Review: Foreign Worker Saves Baby in Singapore

Our featured YouTube video of the week shows the heroic act by a Bangladeshi in Singapore as he saves a crying baby whose head got stuck in the railings..

Hmm… The dangers of the situation could have been more emphasized if the video kinda showed the building and its area – even in a browsing motion.

Though still, one can’t help but think – what happened? Why did the baby end up in such a precarious situation? Where was the guardian anyway?

Now, the second part of the video is actually the scene before the foreign worker went to the rescue. Oh, hope you could just try to understand the sequence.

In all, this brave act and thousands more happening all across the globe only confirms that many foreign workers, no matter how lowly their occupation, is more than worthy of their pay..

So treat them fairly and reward them well. One day, it’s your life that might need some saving.

Oil just keeps flowing…

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Who says oil is in tight supply??

One day as I was walking in a remote town, I noticed this (the picture above).. hmm, I thought — if far flung places are still dependent on oil then alternative energy is still nowhere in sight. These areas are just starting to heat up, so..

I continued to look around.. and indeed, there’s enough economic activity that just merits a gas station.

Certainly, this is good for business though it does not really mean much to vehicle-less consumers; nonetheless, while dependence on oil continues, earth suffers in more ways than one. So, how about alternatives? Obviously, it’d be good for car owners, too.

We did hear of used cooking oil being used as aviation fuel.. or have you heard of it?? As a consumer, I did wonder of trying it myself, yes, on a car. Uh-oh.. why? Well I thought — aren’t planes more “hungry” of fuel than cars? After all, they fly. Hence, if it’s safe for planes, it must be safe for cars. Simple logic.

Anyway, I’m not really recommending such as I’m no mechanic but a consumer. There could be different requirements for different kinds of vehicles — thus, go slow when you test something; better yet, make a thorough study of everything (including other sources that could drive your pistons wild) first before trying it.

Yes, we all want to save on gas – it’s money – but consider safety first.