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Totally Doable Money Challenges That Will Feed Your Travel Fund

The start of a new year means brings a new opportunity to start saving up for your next big travel adventure—be it scuba diving in Hawaii or skiing in Japanfor the first time.

Don’t just rely on accumulating points for travel with your savings or credit card. Spend the whole year building your vacation fund so that by next year, you can go splurge on the trip of your dreams.

It might seem a bit daunting at first, but don’t worry. Here are some challenges you can do to help you build the funds you need for your next trip.

Try a 52-week Challenge

The 52-week challenge is a popular choice for people hoping to save money starting from New Year’s Day. The most well-known form of this challenge requires a small amount to start and gradually increases each week.

Let’s say you start with $1 in Week One. Week Two would be $2 and Week Three is $3. This goes on so that at the last week of the year, you’ll put $52 into your savings. It might not seem like a lot being put in but with this pattern, you’ll actually have $1,378 saved up.

This challenge also allows for flexibility since the amount you put in can vary if your budget allows. Start with $2 or $5, and watch your funds grow steadily throughout the year!

Do a Match-it Challenge

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Think of some purchases you make regularly. It could be lunch at work or morning coffee. Find one or two that need a reasonable amount you can also save. Every time you make that purchase, save the same amount for your travel fun.

One upside to this challenge is that in can create random additions to your funds. A friend might invite you to dine out and you can decide to match the money you spent with a deposit to your vacation savings. Plus the amount can vary and it’s a nice surprise to find out how much you’ve saved by the time you decide to end the challenge.

Grab a Bingo Card

Bottle It Up

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If you have a lot of coins weighing your bag or pocket down, turn them into your initial deposit to the travel bottle. Keep adding spare change or consider dropping bigger bills when you can. And you don’t have to stop with just one bottle. Start a new one to fill and go on until you think you’ve got decent savings for your trip.

This challenge is also a great way for families to pull funds together. Create rules for everyone to follow and watch the bottle fill up. For example, every time you hear a certain song on the radio, you have to add $1 to the bottle. Or add $10 whenever someone goes out shopping. Make up your own rules for the bottle so your family’s trip budget can grow.

Time for Change

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Over the course of a year, you can save up a lot of money by simply keeping some change. But don’t feel obligated to stick to just the amount of change you decide to set aside. Remember you can always add any extra cash you have to bolster your travel nest egg.

Once you master these challenges, you’ll be able to plan your dream trip with all your savings. Soon you’ll become an expert on how to save for a vacation. But if you want even more savings, be sure to check out all the deals on KKdayto add more fun and variety to your vacation.

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