For many people, holidays are the most beautiful time of the year, when you can leave all your worries behind you and simply relax. But it quickly becomes an expensive pleasure if you have school-age children, for example, and can only travel on holiday. We will show you some clever ways of saving money and earning money, which can be used before or even during the time off to improve your holiday budget.
Classic savings methods at home
Tighten the belt
One way to save money is to minimize expenses as much as possible just before the trip. For example, you should avoid buying new clothes or expensive new shoes in the last few weeks before your planned holiday. If you don’t want to do without shopping at all, you should at least limit yourself to second-hand clothes and try to pick up bargains. Even the fridge doesn’t necessarily have to be full to the brim. Instead of expensive brand-name products you can also use discount products, which don’t have to be worse. You can also pay more attention to low-cost offers. Another sensible way to save money is to use your bicycle more often instead of travelling from A to B by car or public transport. This not only saves money, but also protects the environment and contributes to personal physical fitness.
Set-up a piggy bank
A very simple, but nevertheless very effective way to save smaller amounts is the good old piggy bank. So you can always collect small sums like deposit money or just surplus small change from your wallet and after some time hopefully a respectable sum has accumulated. Perhaps friends, acquaintances or family will also willingly throw in a few pennies if they know that you are saving for the next holiday.
Things that nobody needs anymore
Another way to make a quick buck is to sell items and clothing that are no longer needed. This can be done as part of a private flea campaign, at the classic flea market, through second-hand shops or online ad markets. New and well-preserved books, electrical appliances, DVDs, furniture, children’s and adults’ clothing or other treasures can be found quickly and easily by new owners.
Rent out objects or apartments
However, if you do not want to sell your belongings, you can also rent them on the Internet through various online rental portals. Whether garden tools, household items, sports equipment or cars – all conceivable everyday objects can be rented today for a certain fee. For users, this is usually a cheap alternative to buying a new one and landlords can earn some extra money. In addition, it is possible to sublet one’s own home, for example to other holidaymakers (see also: home exchange holidays). This is worthwhile, for example, if it is a very long holiday and the apartment would be unoccupied anyway. In the case of a rented apartment, however, you should first obtain the landlord’s consent. A household contents and liability insurance are particularly important here in order to be insured in the worst case.
Accept part-time jobs
You can also supplement your travel wallet with the proceeds from small temporary jobs. Of course, this is only possible if there is enough time. Employees who work full-time rarely have time for a part-time job. Good alternatives would be homeworking jobs (e.g. online copywriters, product testers, data collectors, participation in surveys, etc.), although caution is always advised here. You should refrain from invitations to tender with illusory earnings offers. Another good possibility, especially for students, is to participate in internal studies, which usually do not require much skill or work and are sometimes very well paid.
You can also ask your friends and family if they can help you with small tasks such as gardening, dog sitting, etc. need help. In the case of secondary activities of any kind, check whether the approval of your main employer is required and whether the activity is possibly regarded as commercial.
Creative savings methods on holiday on site
Smaller jobs can – if the motivation is there – also be accepted during the holiday season itself. If you are smart, you can earn a quick pocket money here. Furthermore, you can relatively easily save money on your holiday without having to do much without the feeling that you can’t treat yourself to anything on holiday.
Do not use package deals
Even if travel providers and travel agencies always advertise that package deals are particularly cheap and that money can be saved in this way, this is often not correct. So it is often much cheaper, if you don’t eat in the hotel, but look for small local pubs outside the hotel, because you often pay in the hotel or bigger restaurants for the ambience and the location. This not only saves you money, but also gives you the opportunity to perceive the country and its people more authentically.
Furthermore, it is also often less expensive to plan excursions and short trips yourself and not to take advantage of the offers in the hotel. Most of the time you already save on transport costs, as it is much cheaper to use public transport than to be picked up directly at the hotel by a travel company. In addition, there are often combined tickets or city passes on offer, which are sometimes much cheaper than buying all tickets individually from a travel agent. Sometimes the tickets even count as tickets for local transport. You can also save money by booking online in advance and not paying at the box office. In many cases it is also worth paying attention to the days of the week, as there certain promotions are offered at a discount or are even completely free of charge.
Trading and haggling
If you enjoy shopping and strolling through bazaars and markets on holiday, then you should act! In many countries this is even so common and you attract attention if you don’t try to haggle. So even if you don’t feel quite comfortable with it, it’s worth jumping over your own shadow.
Earn money with the smartphone
The term “streetspotr” can be translated as “street detective”. Numerous companies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland offer location-based microjobs (spots). Interested parties can accept the jobs as long as they are available and earn a few euros in addition. At the same time, so-called “streetpoints” are collected, which qualify the jobbers for better jobs. The activities themselves are relatively simple and are usually limited to evaluating restaurants, testing food or photographing sights and shop items.
Temporary help in restaurants, bars and discos
In countries that have a high annual visitor rate, somebody is actually always sought somewhere. Often there are restaurants and bars looking for temporary kitchen and service staff.
How can the employer subsidise the holiday fund?
Employers can reward their employees with a small recovery allowance, e.g. for very good work performance. This is paid in addition to the salary. If the allowance is taxed by the employer at a flat rate of 25 percent, no social security contributions are payable. Up to EUR 156 per employee per year, up to EUR 104 per spouse and up to EUR 52 per child are possible.
This additional amount, however, is to be used by the employees exclusively for recreational purposes. To be on the safe side, some employers transfer the money directly to the respective travel companies. The tax office recognises the recovery allowance as tax-free extra money if the employee receives it three months before to three months after his holiday. The employee can spend the holiday both abroad and at home.
Three tips for the next destination
Home exchange holidays
The so-called home exchange holidays are enjoying increasing popularity. People from many different countries make their houses available here free of charge for holiday-makers. On various online platforms, they post photos of the surroundings and the building and describe their home in detail. Some offerers raise an annual fee, in which however already insurances and other are included. Interested travelers experience on on-line platforms besides, whether they may use for instance also the swimming pool, the garden, toys or bicycles. For savers, this is a great alternative to hotels.
Vacation against hand
In addition, there is now more and more the possibility to make holidays on various online platforms “against hand”. Private individuals with their own businesses, such as farms or similar, usually place online advertisements in which they seek support for their farm or business for a certain period of the year (usually in spring or summer, when there is a lot to do). Usually these are physical, easy tasks such as feeding the animals and cleaning out the stable. Also, normally only a workload of four to five hours per day is expected and the rest can then be used for leisure activities. In return, you will receive accommodation and meals.
This type of holiday is certainly not for everyone. But keep in mind that in this way only travel costs are incurred and that such a holiday is a possibility even for people who are permanently broke to get out and see something different. Also you should not think, these offers are limited to Germany. Who is open for different activities, finds nearly in the whole world offers for “vacation against hand”.