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3. Build cash with a ‘Pantry Week’
For one week each month, from now until your trip, stay out of the grocery store and eat only what you have in your house. Mary Hunt, founder and editor of Debtproofliving.com and author of “Live Your Life for Half the Price,” calls this quick money-raising challenge the “Pantry Week.”
Make it fun by pretending you’re on a deserted island and can only eat what you have in the pantry. What unusual meals can the kids suggest? “Most families have more staples in their cupboards than they realize,” says Hunt. And guess what? It’s actually OK to eat peanut butter and jelly for dinner one night.
4. Eat out less, save big
A typical family with kids younger than age 6 spends an average of $239 each month on restaurant meals, according to the National Restaurant Association. That’s money that could easily be diverted to your vacation fund.
Some ways to cut back without going cold turkey: Check local restaurants for “kids eat free” nights (often Monday or Tuesday nights), watch newspaper coupon inserts for buy one entree.