Every month, I used to update the background of my computer screen to a stunning scene from different regions of the world I desired to visit. While working from 9-5, a job that I did not hate, but also did not love, I would daydream about adventures across the Pacific, swimming with whale sharks and sipping on coconut water. Travel, it seemed, was an unattainable passion; something I desperately wanted to do, but could not afford.
Since I no longer wanted money to be an excuse, I gave myself two options to make travel happen: 1. get a second job or 2. change my spending habits. Working two jobs didn’t sound appealing to this lazy millennial, so I decided to take a look at my monthly spending and see where it was possible to make some cuts. By reviewing my expenditures, I noticed apparent areas that could be adjusted. If you are like me and can’t even save enough for a one way ticket, you simply need to make a few sacrifices. Here are 5 that worked for me and may inspire ideas for your own budget:
Beauty Comes at a Price
Everyone has some sort of beauty ritual they take part in to face society with confidence. For myself, it was painted nails. Ashamed to admit, I was buying a new color every time the current color chipped. Though the cost of a single polish is minimal, splurging on multiple added up at the end of the month. With the collection I already racked up, there was no need to keep buying more. Besides, no one was going to notice if I wore the same color I did the week prior. I am not saying to abandon beauty altogether, but maybe you don’t have to be done up from head to toe.