Don’t hold your breath, our exchange rate hasn’t made going overseas on holiday a bargain, but there are some easy ways to help your budget — leaving something extra in your pocket to spend on the things you really want.
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1. Airbnb for the win
You can save a ton of cash by booking your accommodation through Airbnb. This ever-more popular option usually works out cheaper than a hotel — and the longer you stay, the better your rate should be. Not only do hosts trust you with their cosy homes, but they may also be kind enough to share some of the city’s secrets with you, or even show you around themselves.
2. Eat on the cheap
Eating out is expensive. And while it wouldn’t be a holiday if you were doing all the cooking yourself, enjoying the occasional meal at home can save you more than you might expect. Remember the cost difference between grocery shopping and dining out in Europe for example, is much greater than in South Africa (yet another good reason to use Airbnb and enjoy the convenience of a kitchen in which to prepare meals!).
A bottle of water might cost you up to €3.00 in a restaurant but as little as €0.40 in the local supermarket!
3. Spend for less
Credit cards are the cheapest way to buy anything overseas. Don’t bother with foreign currency cards or the inconvenience of traveller’s cheques. Rather top up your Visa or Mastercard (credit cards are preferable) and swipe to pay wherever you go. Using your card should also earn you cash-back rewards (Ebucks, Cash Rewards, UCount Rewards, Greenbacks), so you’ll be saving money to spend on your next holiday.
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4. Join SnapnSave
You can also join SnapnSave which magically turns your till slips into cash. Register an account at no cost, then browse the week’s awesome offers and book the deals you want (before they’re all gone!). Once you’ve gone shopping, all you need to do is snap a photo of your till slip and the cash is deposited straight into your SnapnSave wallet. You can then spend your hard-earned cash on your grocery shopping and put the cash you would have spent on your groceries towards your overseas holiday fund.
5. Think of your travel costs
Chances are that if you’re keen to discover all the sights of your holiday destination, you’ll be doing a fair amount of commuting. Be warned: travel costs add up quickly, and getting to where you want to be might involve more than one mode of transport. Do your pocket a huge favour and buy a daily, weekly or monthly travel pass, depending on your specific needs and the duration of your stay.
6. Go online for tickets
Wherever possible, book all your tickets for sights, shows and other venues on the internet. Discounted rates are usually offered for online purchases and you might even save the time and hassle of waiting in a queue once you get there.
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