To a lot of people who are toiling their bodies off, this long weekend is their last hurrah to get their feel-good hit of the summer. Thanks to our 117th celebration of Independence Day, we can enjoy the freedom to work even for just a single day. With lots of people getting their salary before the week closes, it is tempting to splurge this long weekend even if it can have adverse effects to your budget. If you are looking for ways on how to enjoy the weekend, we’ve got you covered.
Make a budget and stick to it!
Budgeting is one of the basic tenets of money-saving, and if you don’t know how to create a budget, there are tons of materials online to help you make the perfect budgeting method for you. Whether you’re gunning for a simple staycation or a trip somewhere, it is important to create a budget plan. Once you’ve created a budget plan for your long weekend, be sure to have the patience to stick to it, or the whole idea of creating a budget plan is just for nothing. After all, what’s the point of creating a budget plan when you’re not going to follow it, anyway?
Don’t make sudden trips
If you’ve already booked a trip this long weekend, then no problem; just refer to item 1 to make sure that your trip will remain inexpensive. However, if you have no plans yet this long weekend, you might as well just stay home and enjoy your well-deserved break at home. When you try to create a spontaneous plan this long weekend, you are merely just looking for some ways to spend your money. Also, unplanned trips can easily go out of hand financially, especially when you thought of them at the last minute. If you have nothing just weekend, just stay at home.
See if opportunities for you to save
This long weekend, it’s perfectly fine if you’re going to spend a little bit for a little rest and recreation. Even with all the things you want to do or buy now, you still might look for ways on how you can save money. For instance, if you are going on a trip this weekend, you might want to use your reward credit card to earn points and incentives instead of paying with cash. Find ways on how you can save money and you can make your long weekend, or any vacation for that matter, worthwhile.
Check your balance
Making a budget is easy: create a list of the things you need to buy and stick to it. But unless you’re a stickler for listing your expenses, you won’t be able to list all of your expenses. To counteract this, you also need to check your balance every now and then to make sure that you are not going overboard with your spending. If you couple this with your budget plan, you can have a firm control over your money and avoid deviations from your budget.
This long weekend, it is possible to still have fun without the going overboard with your spending. Keep in mind that it is not about how much you spend but how much fun you’re having, regardless of the price tag attached to it.