This is a guest post by Erica Douglass, who blogs at erica.biz. She recently sold her web-hosting company for over $1m.
I really hate traveling during the holidays. Packed airports, delayed or cancelled flights, bad weather, and miserable attitudes — if this isn’t Hell, I don’t know what is!
We finally worked out a compromise. My parents, my boyfriend and I would all fly out to southwest Florida, where my aunt and uncle live. Unfortunately, after we agreed to this, I discovered that my aunt and uncle do not live near a major airport. We were looking at thousands of dollars to get the four of us down there for the holidays.
I felt the money we would spend on plane tickets would be better spent elsewhere — say, the massage and therapy I’ll need after spending time with my family (kidding!) Desperate for a solution, I spent some time on travel websites. Finally, I figured out we’d cut our ticket price by half if we simply moved Christmas to December 18th instead of December 25th.
Total, for flights for the four of us, we saved nearly two thousand dollars by moving Christmas up one week!
This doesn’t only apply to the holidays. Do you have multiple family members with birthdays in the same month? Consider pulling all of these celebrations together. Do you fly back home multiple times a year? Consider paring this down to only once a year and making your stay longer.
How you save money with this tip is up to you…but the moral of the story is this: there’s real money in being flexible when it comes to holidays and other celebrations.
About the author Erica Douglass is a successful entrepreneur sharing secrets to building a million-dollar business at erica.biz. Check out one of her most popular articles: How To Start A Business With No Money.
Total savings: $300 to $1,000
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