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8 easy ways to quickly save for a family vacation

Forgot to save for your vacation? Use these simple money-saving techniques to stash cash quickly.

By Shannon Lee Simmons

8 easy ways to quickly save for a family vacation

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Cook Make large batches of affordable recipes and use all leftovers. Try budgetbytes.com, which breaks down cost per serving.

Brew your own coffee Walk right past Starbucks. Don't even look.

No indulgences Not only are you on a spending diet; you're on a (temporary) fun diet. Most vices cost money—no online shopping and no pedicures.

Save on transit Walk or ride your bike. If you have to drive, set up carpools with your co-workers or friends and split the gas.

No takeout All family breakfasts, lunches and dinners should be packed or cooked at home. I repeat: No takeout.

Consider a housing swap Instead of forking out fistfuls of cash for a hotel, plan your vacation via homeexchange.com, a site that connects families in various travel destinations. Airbnb is a great money-saving alternative to hotels, too.

Barter to save money Swapping professional services and hidden talents is a great way to get what you need without spending a dime.

Save your change Raid the penny jar and go to the bank to cash them in. Many have free change-sorting machines.

A version of this article appeared in our January 2014 issue with the headline “Saving on turbo speed,” p. 59.

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