Between paying bills, day-to-day expenses and all the unexpected costs that pile up, saving money can be a struggle for families of any size. Saving for a vacation often gets pushed to the side for “more important” expenses, but with a few budget-savvy steps, you can put money away for now and later.
Use some much-needed vacation time as motivation to beef up your money saving efforts with these easy moves.
Be proactive in your savings and clean out your closet (and your kids’ old clothing) at the same time. Gather up your uses or unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories and more for a consignment shop like Greene Street or Plato’s Closet — these shops take seasonal-forward clothing with little to no damage, but also give greater payouts for men’s clothing.
If you don’t have a local store, try Poshmark, eBay and other online hubs. Make cash and declutter in one easy step.
Same goes for tech. If you have old phones, tablets, videogames, CDs and tapes, chances are there is a BestBuy or local CD swap store near you: If not, there is always Facebook Marketplace and eBay. You will have selling power and price control, but the less desirable task of packing and shipping.
The family has to eat, but maybe not at such high costs. One easy way to save money is by cooking more and going out less, which most families already know, but there is always wiggle room on food costs.
Just one meal out can run $15–35 a person — put that money toward groceries and you can get a week’s worth of food from a grocery store. Shop savvy at the grocery store by cutting coupons, shopping seasonal local produce, checking out local markets for a better deal and even using frozen vegetables whenever possible — contrary to popular belief, these products can be just as fresh and healthy as the produce aisle, as they were picked and frozen at peak. Peruse sale brands instead of your regular name brands, as generic brands often sell the exact same items at a lower price.
During all this money saving and earning, you may be tempted to put your newfound wealth to another use. Don’t do it! Keep your eye on the prize and set some goals to stay on track.
Start simple with striving to save $10–50 a week and slowly raise that number each week as you get closer to vacation booking. After a month of consistent saving, set a limit for how much you can feasibly spend on the essentials while cutting out frivolous spending for at least two months.
Keeping a tight log of incoming and outgoing money can be a great way to make saving a habit, even when you don’t have the motivation of a family trip on the horizon.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …