Paris is one of the world’s most luxurious and equally expensive cities that many travelers plan and dream about for a lifetime trip. You don’t have to be extremely wealthy to experience the splendor and glamour of this city. Although if you are not careful, you might end up spending more than you had budgeted for.
It requires a prior planning if you want to have a time of your life. Seasons and weather conditions vary in different cities and researching on the climatic conditions of Paris at the time you plan to travel is crucial. Depending on the conditions, whether it is winter or summer you can check on the heating and air conditioning services of your accommodations to be assured of the best services to keep you and your family comfortable while in Paris.
A little research goes a long way for a savvy traveler; here are a few tips on saving for the big trip.
1. Creating a budget – this starts by assessing your overall spending on previous months and knowing where to cut on spending. From here you can decide how to change your spending habits.
2. Selling some items – go through your stuff, put aside items you are no longer using, then you can auction them or sell them online.
3. Stop impulse buying – if you are used to buying the newest gadgets or clothes, it is time you restrained yourself. You are budgeting for a trip to Paris, and you need as much money as possible.
4. Limit your entertainment needs – look for free things to do for entertainment, like going to places with free admissions, inviting friends over instead of going out, watching free movies in your room, playing sports, learn to code.
5. Reduce on utility bills – shorten your showers, use energy saving appliances, keep the thermostat low. If you use cable TV, get rid of it so that you won’t have to pay the outrageous cable bill. Dry your clothes outside in the sun, switch off all the lights when you are not using them.
6. Cancel membership to clubs and subscriptions that require you to give monthly payments – instead of a hefty gym membership, exercise in your back door, take morning runs, exercise in those free fitness logs. Cancel those monthly magazines that you are charged when you receive them.
7. Look for banks offering the best interest rates – do your research well on banks around you to find those that don’t charge monthly fees.
8. Implement an automatic transfer to a savings account at your bank – when you have figured out your budget and the amount you can save, instruct your bank to automatically transfer the extra amount to savings at the period you decide, maybe monthly, or after a fortnight.
9. Use a shopping list when you go out and stick to it; start eating healthy unprocessed foods as they are expensive. Make enough meals at home so you can carry some to work for your lunch, you save by not going to the expensive hotel outside your office.
10. Buying second-hand clothes and wearing your shoes a little longer – you could get 75% of clothes bought at second-hand clothing shops than ordering new from the stores. This means you save 75% and still look cute. Wearing shoes longer mean you don’t have to buy a new pair every month, imagine how much you could save with that!
If you consider the above points, you might be on your way to Paris sooner than later!