We are delighted to have Jon from The Money Shed guest posting for us this week.
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Today Jon is talking to us about saving money in the run up to your family holiday.
Holidays these days can cost a serious amount of money, I don’t think there’s any way of getting away from that. Being the money savvy, personal finance expert that I am though I always try and do everything I can to get the cost down before we depart on our holiday.
With that in mind I thought I’d share with you 3 top tips to get that cost down so that you have more money to spend when you are there and can enjoy yourself a heck of a lot more.
The eBookers LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEED hotel booking loophole
I can’t stress just how important that loophole is! eBookers offer a ‘price match’ policy up to 48hrs before you go whereby if you find the hotel price cheaper ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET you can submit a refund request and get a refund back to your card! I’ve written a very easy to follow blog post here about how you use this loophole to your advantage and with a few clicks you can GUARANTEE you are getting the cheapest price for the hotel you are booking.
Buy as many toiletries as you can before you go
Maybe not the most exciting piece of holiday advice you’ve ever been given but I can’t count how many times we used to go on our holiday and by the time we had reached the airport or hotel had realised that we had left various things at home.
It’s because of this that we always go to ASDA a few days before we are due to leave and hit their ‘travel toiletries’ section. Here you can get everything from toothbrushes and deodorant to skincare cream and sponges but in miniature sizes. The idea is that you take these with you and at the end of the holiday you just dump them at the hotel. It means that you don’t end up having to spend more money than you should when you get there trying to buy things and best of all it means no coming home with a soggy sponge which is dripping onto your toothbrush!
Years ago I used to be a firm believer of just transferring my GBP into whatever currency I was after however a trip to Florida a few years ago changed all that as I was introduced to FairFx.
FairFx offer a travel card which lets you transfer money ‘on the fly’ to your travel card no matter what currency you are after. The advantage of this is that you get a better rate and also if you suddenly need access to more money while you are abroad instead of having to withdraw off tour UK debit card and getting a ‘fee’ charged you can just use their smartphone app and it will send money over to the card ‘fee free!’.
I hope these small bits of advice are helpful. I always feel the last thing you want to be worrying about when on holiday is money so using these tips should mean you have a much more enjoyable time with more spare cash to spend than ever!
Thanks for these top tips Jon!