Travel Tips
Stencil Your Luggage!
Forget the ribbons or tape around the handles of our luggage, many other people have the same idea and they are hard to pick out. Purchased a stencil and a small pot of stencil paint from your local hardware store and stencil every piece of your luggage with the same design. On our last cruise, our various pieces stood out from all the others. The chance that anyone else will have the exact same design in the exact same colors is remote.
Cruises are your best travel value! Save $1,000 or more compared to a land vacation!

1. Save some of your paycheck, don’t spend the whole thing. Tip – start out by saving small amounts of your income. Try to save approximately 15% of every paycheck, but don’t get worried if you see that you cannot save that much. The important thing is to save a little on a consistent basis.

2. Reduce your amount of ATM fees
Every time you make a withdrawal using your debit card, you are charged an extra fixed rate. That fee is even higher if you’re not making the withdrawal at your own bank. Don’t make multiple withdrawals, estimate how much cash you’ll need for the week and make only one withdrawal at your own bank. If you have any money leftover at the end of the week, put it into your savings account.

3. Keep track of your money
Keep track of where you’re spending your money. Those who know where their money is going tend to spend less and save more. By keeping track of your expenditures, you’ll have a better idea of how much money you have already spent and prevent you from going over your budget.

4. Pay off your short-term loans
Money that you’re spending on interest payments is money that you could be saving. Try to reduce or eliminate any short-term debts such as credit card balances, or car and student loans.

5. Set up an automatic savings plan
Many people tend to procrastinate. This is not a good trait when it comes to saving money on a consistent basis. Arrange to have as little as $20 to $30 a month deducted from your bank account and deposited into a savings or mutual fund account.