Seeing as how it is still summer, I am sure some of you are expecting guests to arrive in the coming month for a visit. Be it family, friends, or foes, when people come to stay at your house, you inevitably end up spending a huge wad of cash. But if you prepare before they arrive, there are a few things you can do to keep some of that cash in your bank account.
Stock up at the grocery store. Ask your guests before they arrive what kinds of foods they like, and pick them up a few things prior to their arrival. Create a big grocery list and be sure to get a ton of different things that everyone can eat. That way it might stop you from going out for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which costs a lot more than making a few meals at home.
Coupons, coupons, coupons. There are a ton of coupons available for the grocery store, amusement parks, restaurants, etc. Try Sorry, this offer ended. But I will be sure to let everyone know when the new ones come out. In the meantime, you can still order regular gift certificates from the site. Restaurant.com
for food gift certificates to local restaurants, sometimes saving you up to 50% on your final bill. The Entertainment Book, if you get it, has coupons and discounts for movie theatres and local area attractions. Be sure to check out the coupons before your guests arrive.
Make a schedule. Having a plan prior to your guests arriving can give you some piece of mind as to where and when you will be spending money. If you know you don’t get paid until Wednesday, try to go for dinner on Thursday so it won’t be too painful. The more organized you are, the better the chance is that you won’t blow your budget.
Plan for transportation costs. Friends and family will probably take a cab from the airport if you can’t get there to pick them up. But most major airports have shuttle buses like Super Shuttle that can be a lot cheaper than a cab when carrying several people to the same address. Of course, this depends on how close you are to the airport, so investigate fully before committing.
As much as we all enjoy having guests visit us, planning ahead can save you a ton of dough. Plan ahead and play it smart and you might be able to keep some of those bucks in your wallet.