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Five Ways To Help Finance Your Family’s Dream Holiday Vacation

The holidays are a good time to take a dream vacation. Families sometimes have difficulty figuring out how to finance the entire trip. Some families might even have only a few extra expenses that cannot be covered. Fortunately, there are ways to raise funds fast. Families should consider five ways to help finance a dream holiday vacation.
Five Ways To Help Finance Your Family's Dream Holiday Vacation

Rent the Home While Away

People who are traveling with a family or group are often looking for a house to rent during the holiday season. One way to help fund a dream vacation is to rent the home out while the family is away. The home can be rented for the entire length of the vacation. The rent will make paying for the trip easier. Or, you could consider a housing exchange where you swap homes with someone for the holiday.

Invite Friends

A dream vacation to an exotic location can be very expensive. These types of vacations usually attract the attention of friends and family. Inviting a few extra people on the vacation will help to lower costs. Larger groups also tend to get better discounts on lodging and tickets because of increased buying power. Inviting just a few friends will help to distribute costs during the vacation.

Sell Old Electronics and Cell Phones

Many families today have a number of unwanted electronics in the home. This can include cell phones, laptops and televisions. These items still have value in the market. Families can quickly sell these unwanted devices during the holidays through different outlets. The cash earned from selling the old electronics will provide extra spending money for the vacation.

Get a Cash Advance

Cash advances can provide a quick injection of money that makes a holiday dream vacation possible. A cash advance is a loan against the next paycheck. Getting a Christmas cash advance can provide the family with the money from a future bonus without having to wait until after the holidays. Locations like can deposit the money the next business day. This provides the last minute financing needed for a holiday vacation.

Earn Gift Certificates and Free Upgrades

Families should look at the details of any rewards programs or loyalty programs offered by credit cards. Some of these programs will allow families to exchange earned points for gift certificates or travel upgrades that make the vacation more affordable. The gift certificates and upgrades can often be used for hotel rooms or airline tickets.

Families should always try to get the best deals possible when planning a holiday dream vacation. Lowering the overall cost of lodging and meals will make more money available for everything else. Lowering costs and raising extra funds can make any holiday dream vacation possible.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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