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best tips for managing your money on a short break

It has been a long time since I have been on a short break in the UK.   The last proper holiday abroad I had was last year when I went to Florida, and I am so glad I did because with Covid 19 casting a dark cloud, we wouldn't have been able to have gone this year.   Obviously it is a lot different, and a lot cheaper to  have a little break away in the UK.  Going on a short break in the UK is always a nice idea if you just want a break away from the norm for a few days, see somewhere different and forget about work for a bit.   That is what holidays are all about.   

On Monday I am travelling to Herne Bay in Kent with my boyfriend, to stay at his family's Bed and Breakfast for a few days (just a little note, we are going to be the only ones in there) as I am off on holiday from work next week, and I couldn't be more excited.   

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It is always very exciting to visit a place you have never been to before, particularly if like me, you know one or two people who have been there fairly frequently over the years.   Interestingly both people said that I will really love it and I'll want to go again as soon as I get back so it must be really nice there.

I have come up with a simple little list (keeping it simple is always the best way) in order to make sure I don't go spending above my means whilst I am enjoying my little getaway.   Just a few things I wanted to consider and keep an eye on whilst I am away.   

1)  Check your bank balance before you go

2)  Clarify exactly what date your next paycheck goes in  

3) Think of a daily monetary allowance and stick to it

4) Spend your money in cash

5) Pause and think before you buy something.   

This last tip on the list is one I will be trying really hard to concentrate most on out of everything on this list.   I have already mentioned this on my previous post.   Impulse buying is such a bad habit, and it can be particularly perilous when you haven't been to a certain place before.   This is where number 5 on my list comes from because you do have to stop and think about what you are buying.   Another important thing to consider, is the fact that out of your 'daily' monetary allowance, you must leave enough for food and possibly parking, even if you are not the one driving.   I will hold my hands up here and state that a lot of the time in the past I have not added these costs on when I certainly should have done.   Lately I have been finding that the growing cost of petrol is usually the biggest expense when going on a short break.   Obviously there are ways to combat that because you can just take a train, but you know, if you take your own car at least you can come and go as you please, so I guess it's down to you what form of transport you prefer.   

A few other things I have come up with that I think would be useful to help me save a few pennies whilst I'm away is making my own sandwiches for lunch.   Saves buying too much food whilst I am out and about.   Also take my own flask of coffee or tea when I go too.   I thought that was a pretty good idea too, particularly as I do like to have my coffee.  I love coffee, but it is fast becoming one of my biggest expenditures regardless of whether I'm on holiday or not.    I should drink more instant really.  That's certainly a lot cheaper.   Another good idea would be to take a bottle of water out with you initially.   That I find is quite a useful tip too.   In this hot weather (well I am hoping it will be hot!) you do tend to drink a lot more, and I know you can get cold drinks from anywhere and yes you will more than likely need to buy more cold drinks whilst you are out and about too.   Having that first bottle of water to start you off with I feel personally makes a difference to me.   That tip I will have to say is down to my own experience.   It's just nice to know you have some water to start you off with, and also if you are lucky you may even find places where you can fill that bottle up too.  Bonus.   I have also been thinking about snacks and I need to make sure I am not spending loads on snacks.   That can also be very easily done.   Also, if you like bananas that's a good shout for snack that will fill you up and keep you going.  

What I am mostly looking forward to is a little break away from the norm, with my boyfriend, in a place I have never been to before.  I can't wait.  It's about savouring the moments, and taking snapshots of all the best bits.   I think it will be a lot of fun, and hopefully very relaxing for us both, not just me.

Anyhoo, until next time, thanks for reading.   Take care all x


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