LESSON #1: Understand Whether Your “Stuff” is a Need or a Want.
When you are travelling you can’t haul a lot of stuff around with you.
When we moved to Australia from Texas, we had to assess every single thing we had, because we were paying for the shipping costs. It was a great exercise to go through, looking at everything and thinking ‘do we need it or do we want it?’
It’s made life a lot simpler for us as a family and as we plan our next chapter in our lives in a year, we’ll be going through that exercise yet again. And I can’t wait!
LESSON 2: Know it’s The Small Things That Add Up.
Being out and about, stopping and buying coffee or even lunch, can get expensive. We generally plan on eating before we go out and if we need a pick me up, we’ll buy a cheap sushi roll. If you are buying something every time you run an errand or do your shopping, you’ll always be wondering where it all went.
LESSON 3: Leverage the Free Stuff.
I’m sure people would call me a scrooge, but when it comes leveraging the free stuff, I’ll pin that badge on my chest proudly.
I take advantage of free concerts, free museums and free festivals whenever I can. Some of the best events I’ve been to have been free.
I pop the extra toiletries from hotels into my suitcase when I go and use them later when we go camping.
I take a few extra salt/pepper/jams/condiments from fast food chains and use those when camping too.