Ways to Top Up your Travel Fund


Booking a holiday can be a really expensive affair, especially when you have added up all the essential items and not even counted the spending money that you would need to take. Not everyone has hundreds of pounds readily available at a drop of a hat to book a luxury holiday and unlike the 'rich kids of instagram' a lot of people don't have the banks of mum and dad to borrow money from. For regular people like me, holidays come after months of saving and scrimping by, saying goodbye to new clothes and hello to a lot of cosy weekends housebound so that you're not tempted to do any shopping. When saving up for a big purchase whether it's a big holiday or even a car, every little helps and a lot of people do not know that there are many ways that you can make a little bit of money, with very little effort online to help top up your funds.

Sell unwanted items

Firstly, consider selling any unwanted items on websites like eBay, Depop, Gumtree or Amazon. Have a look in your wardrobe, declutter the attic and ask yourself when was the last time you actually used an item. If it was longer than a year ago, ask yourself, will you ever use it? It's better to have money in your pocket than hundreds of items gathering dust.

Earn money from Surveys

Surveys used to be very time consuming and you used to get very little money from doing them, but these days thanks to a whole host of mobile apps, you can earn pennies filling out surveys on your commute to work and some of them cash out instantly. Qmee is one of my favourite apps as you can cash out as little as 50p to your bank account or keep building on the money until you have a decent pot to withdraw. Onepoll is also a really good website, but the surveys are few and far between and you can only cash out when you get to £5.

Mystery Shopping

If you have an eye for detail and you enjoy giving honest feedback to companies, consider signing up to some mystery shopping agencies. There are many different types of mystery shopping websites from ones where you will get paid to conduct audits in stores you regularly visit to mystery dining opportunities where you are paid to eat at a restaurant in exchange for constructive criticism after your visit. Depending on your availability and location, you could easily make at least £10 a week doing this.

Cashback websites

When doing any shopping online or in store, always check to see if there's any cashback offers on websites such as Quidco and Topcashback. You can earn cashback doing anything from your weekly food shop to shopping for clothes and at least if you are tempted to do shopping, you can rest knowing that will you be slightly rewarded for it.

What are your money saving tips?



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31 comments

  1. My money saving tips are a little dull but just make sure that you are not spending money that you don't need to, so cutting back on starbucks or shop bought lunches.

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  2. This is a fab post, I definitely need to do some saving!
    Will be selling my clothes on Depop, and I love Quidco! :)

    Dani x

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  3. Having just come back from a holiday myself, I'm already looking for ways to save up for my next one! These are all great tips, I especially like the idea of survey apps because you can literally make $$$ on the go! I'd not heard of that app either so thanks for sharing!!

    I actually wrote a post about how to stick to a budget when you're travelling, would love to hear your thoughts! http://www.fabuleusetoujours.com/2016/02/city-siteseeing-on-budget-6-tips.html

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

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  4. Never thought of cashback websites, good tip. I'm always selling unwanted things, it's amazing how much stuff others will want x

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  5. These are some great ideas, I would love to get together some extra pennies so I could go travelling more. x

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  6. Great ideas, selling items are something I do quite a bit but I also try and do as much freelance work as I can to top up my holiday funds x

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  7. It's definitely nice to have some extra cash for traveling. These are some clever ideas!

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  8. I used to love Mystery Shopping, I did a fair bit of it when I was at Uni and it was really good fun x

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  9. Such great ideas, there are so many different ways to make money online now xx

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  10. Selling unwanted items is a great idea and its something I have been planning to do myself. Great way of topping up your travel fund.

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  11. Great ideas selling unwanted items is a great way of making money x

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  12. My money saving tip is to swap items in your trolley for supermarket own brand or even value items! :)
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  13. Great tips here, I do most of them but I always forget to use cashback sites! x

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  14. Great tips we are going away soon and need to top up our spending money.

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  15. this is so helpful for my current situation, getting a business off the ground and moving house I am really conscious of making and saving as much money as I can so I'll definitely be giving some of these a go! xx

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  16. Great tips! All those good habits can add up to a nice little chunk of change. x

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  17. Great tips. my money saving advice is don't get a credit card! You don't save money in the long term.

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  18. Some great tips here, I'm always saving for something that prioritises holiday fund!

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  19. I did mystery shopping for a few years and it was such a fun way to earn some extra money.

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  20. These are great tips. Plus I think a holiday always feels better when you've worked for it!

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  21. Great tips! Although I'm not planning on travelling anytime soon, I do love a good declutter & selling a few items! Kids clothes always sell well too!

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  22. Awww thanks for the wonderful tips ♡

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  23. Great ideas! I'm always looking for ways to top up that holiday fund.

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  24. I love doing surveys, I need to try and remember to do more!

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  25. i still need to sell stuff. ive got a big pile of to sell but haven't shifted them yet haha

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  26. Selling stuff is always a good money spinner, we all seem to accumulate so much.

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  27. Great ideas, I must try and sell some shoes I have as I have never worn them, opsy ;-)

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  28. Fab tips! It can sometimes feel hard to get that extra money, but a little bit of effort really pays off. x

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  29. Selling unwanted items is definitely worth doing - I got rid of a lot of baby stuff at an NCT Nearly new sale and it paid for a day of our holiday :)

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  30. This is a useful post with some really useful tips . Those cash back sotes are really good.

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