Wow! That trip to the celebration of St. Paddy’s Day in Dublin really spins your shamrock. You’d love to treat yourself. Unfortunately, funds are low. So how can you pay for a plane ticket without taking on debt?
Start thinking fast and green. Here are four short-term, one-time savings measures.
- Sort, count and roll the nickels, dimes and quarters you’ve tossed into that jar.
- Empty your closets and garage and hold a yard sale.
- E-file your tax return and have the refund deposited directly into your account.
- Plan a “no grocery” week. Instead of going to the store, prepare and eat whatever’s in the cupboard, refrigerator and freezer.
Longer term measures for saving the green can help prevent short-term scrambling. Here are four ways to save for next year’s vacation.
- Curb impulse buying. Consider every purchase three times before you lay out the money.
- When you’re sure you want an item, watch for sales and haunt the thrift shops.
- Clip coupons. Then use them.
- Take your lunch to work a couple of times each week.
Being aware of how you spend your money can keep the green in your life. In today’s jargon, green is “mean”—that is, it’s a great color, not only on St. Paddy’s Day, but all year long.