1. Put all loose change in a piggybank. (I managed to save over $250 last year for Jake's college fund! Small amount, but it's something).
2. Simiarly, Elle from Mamaloves (have you seen her twins, they're adorable!) said that 6 years ago she and her husband saved all their coins (in Canada, they have $1 and $2 coins, so it was a bit easier than in the U.S. to save more quickly) and managed to save $1000. Her kind in-laws let them use their time share, they were able to buy their airline tickets with points, and made they made their meals!
3. I received an e-mail from a reader who mentioned that she never spends $5.00 bills. They all go into a special jar, and this is their "travel fund". She has managed to go on a trip every year doing this!
4. Erin from P-S Erin had several good ideas...stay out of stores (I second this motion...I'm weak!), use cash at the grocery store, turn off the tv service, sell things using consignment, stop spending on little things such as magazines and coffee. All great ideas!
5. Some "stuff" exchange websites were suggested. Has anyone tried any of these? It sounds like a great idea! Here they are:
6. Struggler suggested these great travel tips:
• If you're flying solo and are flexible about where you go, try flying as a courier.
• Air Bed and Breakfast helps you find someone's guest room (or couch!) in the city you're traveling to.
• If you're traveling in the summer, check out University residences. They often offer their residences after the students leave town for the summer.
7. My now very fit brother-in-law has begun biking to and from work most days of the week. As his commute is over 15 miles away, you can just imagine what great shape he's in!
(image from Barcode Art)
See what others are "hooked on" here!