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18 Easy Ways To Save Money For Your Trip To Latin America

You’ve got the travel bug and we get it. There’s nothing like exploring Latino cultures where they live–the flavors, la lengua, those warm tropical ocean waters.

First thing’s first: where do you want to go? Do some research on the cost of the trip overall–that means flights, food, on-the-ground transportation and any experiences you want to have while you’re there. Don’t forget to consider the cost of rent back home, loss of income if you don’t have benefits, pet boarding, and whatever else you can think of. Once you have a number, you have a goal. Time to start saving.

Don’t forget. *This* is what it’s all about.

Those casual lunches out and time you would have spent binge-ing “Queer Eye” (highly recommend) are far less memorable than a week on warm, sandy, Spanish-speaking beaches. Here are the best tricks up our sleeves:

Sell your old crap.

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Your tía bought you some bedazzled latest trend thing that is just so not you. Sell it on ThredUp! Just don’t tell your tía, and put that extra money in the bank.

Make Airbnb a side hustle.

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It doesn’t matter where you live in the country, you can always put your place up for Airbnb, especially once you have your vacation dates booked. Arranging for someone to essentially housesit for you can pay your rent that month. Be sure to talk it out with the roomies first.

The only side trips you take this year are gratis.

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Camping is a virtually free way to get out of town and get a new perspective. Borrow gear from friends or head to an REI Garage Sale for major markdowns on a one-time investment in a decade of free vacations.

Pro tip: Put your place on Airbnb year round and when someone bites for the weekend, head to your local mountain/desert/lake.

Get paid to cuddle doggos.

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Do not, I repeat, do not adopt a dog if you’re planning a big trip. They’re a lifetime of personal and financial commitment and they deserve all your attention. That said, you can make your side hustle be all about loving on animals. Rover sitters make an average of $40 per night in the Los Angeles area.

Be open and honest with your comadres about what activities you’re up for.

If you have the will power, you can still participate in shopping sprees and playing video games. Just don’t buy any new clothes or video games and think about all the treasures you’ll find this summer.

Cancel your most unused subscriptions.

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Only get to the gym once a week? Count up the monthly savings and invest in some at-home weights if that’s your thing. Unpopular opinion: canceling your streaming subscriptions will also free up your money and time for that side hustle.

Take up hiking.

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It’s a free way to get a workout in and you’ll have a chance to meet people who like doing free things as well. If you do some digging, your city might have recreational dodgeball, softball and tag football teams that you can take up for your fitness and social needs. Try something new!

K, if you don’t want to try something new, then pre-game is your new BFF.

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Going out is a money drain. Once you’re drunk enough, you’re extra spendy and likely don’t even know how much you’re spending per outing. Take a look at your monthly costs, make a Jose Cuervo Costco run for your solo pre-game and plan to take only enough cash for emergencies.

Only drink water.

You heard me. Give up the Diet Coke, the coffee runs and that maca-infused raw cacao coconut drink that’s so tasty. You’ll be shocked to see the savings add up.

While you’re at it, ditch the disposable water bottles and go green.

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Spend $10 on a reusable water bottle and save mad money. People spend an average of $1095 on pre-bottled tap water. Get it from the source, mi gente.

En serio, hay frijoles en la casa.

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I hate to say it, but we both already know it’s true. It’s so easy to just wing it for lunch, and grab happy hour after work, but a little meal planning can save you $50 a day.

Buy in bulk.

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We’re Latino. We have to talk about saving money on food because food is life. You’ll be surprised to learn that you can save money shopping bulk at a health food store versus at a cheaper chain. And they often have plantain chips. ????

Reuse everything.

We were bred to budget. Don’t even use trash bags, people. Just toss your trash in the bin and then straight to the dumpster. You’re saving plastic and pointless spending.

Check out travel books from the library.

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The library has become a magical place for me as a freelancer. If you’re looking for a place to work, bring your café and bagged lunch to the library and receive zero stares.

Also, don’t drop $50 on travel books you’ll end up donating to Goodwill next season of Marie Kondo. Check them out at the library and return them on time.

Yup. I’m about to talk coupons with y’all.

Apple Store

I don’t know about you, but Target was the land of luxury shopping for me growing up. It’s where we all got our swimsuits and school supplies and just overall brings us joy as adults. You know you’re adulting when newfound joy comes in an iOS app stuffed with coupons. It’s automatic savings, for free.

If you have the cushion, invest some money.

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Acorn is an app that rounds up your dollar on every purchase made and automatically invests it for you. You can withdraw your investment for free whenever you want, and the investments are so tiny, that you’ll barely notice a difference.

Pavlov yourself.

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This experience doesn’t have to be so bleak. If there’s something on this list that you simply cannot imagine your life without, then use it as a treat for good behavior. Por ejemplo, if I can make it two whole weeks without eating out, then I’m taking myself out to Starbucks/SoulCycle/a movie.

Make it fun.

Get into some positive mental thinking.

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Planning a trip to Latin America isn’t coded with feelings of scarcity. It’s all about abundance. You’re doing this for yourself. So when your mami or your friend speaks negative thinking into existence that you’re too strict, or are missing out on life, you’ll know in your heart that you’re living your best life.

Final tip: follow some travelers to remind you that this is about to be you in 6 months time.

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Your feed should be aligned with your goals. If your goal is travel, give yourself the inspo you need to remember that when you’re waiting in line with your work friends at Starbucks and not ordering that $8 drink. It’s just not for you this year, and that’s great. Do you, boo.

READ: Here Are Some Hikers Of Color Who Will Inspire You To Travel The World And Explore Nature

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Coinstar Comes Through For Man Who Received Last Paycheck Of 91,500 Pennies

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Coinstar Comes Through For Man Who Received Last Paycheck Of 91,500 Pennies

After Andreas Flaten’s former employer dumped at least 90,000 pennies on his driveway last month as a form of final payment for his work at an auto shop, Coinstar is stepping up to help.

The company picked up Flaten’s coins on Thursday and rounded up the amount to give him a $1,000 check. Flaten had been spending an hour or two every night trying to clean the pennies, which he stored in a wheelbarrow in his garage.

They also made donations to two charities of Flaten’s choosing: two animal shelters. 

“Coinstar has been in the coin business for 30 years and we process approximately 41 billion coins annually – so picking up 91,000 pennies was all in a day’s work,” Coinstar CEO Jim Gaherity said in a statement.

Original Story Published March 25, 2021:

Quitting a job isn’t always easy, quite often one of the parties is left upset or angry. But the breakup of a Georgia man and a car repair shop has taken things to new depressing low. He was Paid his fianl Paycheck With 91,500 Pennies

Sure, the man received his money and it’s all totally legal but it still sucks the way that he was ‘paid’ and the Internet is rightfully freaking out on the man’s behalf.

Georgia man is paid his final paycheck with 91,500 pennies.

A Georgia man, Andreas Flaten, who had been waiting on his final $915 paycheck from when he quit his job at the A OK Walker Luxury Autoworks, was finally paid but not in a very nice way. Sure, 91,500 pennies are real and actual money but it’s not exactly a convenient way to get paid.

The coins, he said, were dumped on his drive way and also are apparently covered in an oily substance he suspects might be power-steering fluid. The coin drop was discovered on March 12. Flaten told the New York Times he believes the payment was taken as a punishment after he quit his job and demanded the company pay him his final paycheck.

Flaten said the pennies were delivered by someone who he believes to be a current employee of the shop at 7 P.M. ET on March 12. The load, which weighed more than 500 lbs., came with a short, obscenity-ridden note, he said.

It sounds like the auto shop is a pretty toxic place to work.

Flaten said he quit the job because of broken promises over when he could leave each day to pick up his child from day care. He gave notice that he planned to quit late last year, but left earlier after further disagreements at the job. When he did not receive his final paycheck, he filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor, which reached out to the repair shop three times.

Miles Walker, the owner of the repair shop told CBS46, an Atlanta TV station, “I don’t know if I did that or not, I don’t really remember. … It doesn’t matter. He got paid. That’s all that matters. He’s a f*****g weenie for even bringing it up.”

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

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Americans Are So Fed Up With The Pandemic They’re Willing To Give Up Sex To Travel

What do you miss most about pre-COVID life? Is it eating out at restaurants? Going to the club to perrear? Or is it traveling? For many Americans, it seems like the number one answer would be traveling. In fact, a huge number of Americans miss traveling so much that they would be willing to give up sex just to be able to go on a trip right now. 

So just how many people are willing to give up sex for a trip right now?

According to an informal survey conducted by travel site Trivago, a whopping 38% of Americans say they’d give up sex for an entire year to go on a trip right now. And that’s a poll of 2,000 people! 

“After a year that changed everything, it’s clear that modern travel has been profoundly altered, perhaps forever. As the vaccine rollout continues and restrictions begin to lift in parts of the globe, eager travelers everywhere wait patiently for the clear signal to be able to get away and adventure once again,” Trivago shared in a statement alongside its survey results. “The results reveal significant desires to travel, including what consumers would give up, what they’d like to do and where they’d like to go, as well as why they’d like to get back on the road.”

But it wasn’t just sex…Americans are willing to give up a lot that they care about for a trip.

Beyond finding out that more than one-third of Americans would give up sex for a year, Trivago also found that one in five people would give up their partner to travel now, and one in four said they’d give up all their savings. Additionally, nearly 50% of respondents in the U.S. said they’d happily give up their job to hit the road again.

Why are people so willing to give it all up for a few vacations?

“More than 80% of those surveyed somewhat or strongly agree that travel is a part of a well-rounded life,” Trivago added. “The concept of travel as a form of self-care/wellness and to expand one’s perspective is one that continues to grow.”

It noted, in both the U.S. and the UK, a substantial majority of respondents said that being prevented from traveling freely is one of the worst aspects of the pandemic and that because of the pandemic this is the most they’ve ever felt like traveling.

But hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer. Although international travel is still largely discouraged by governments around the world, some level of travel is starting to return to normal. But until we have the COVID-19 pandemic under control, it’s important we do our part to keep everyone safe. Things like staycations, domestic trips, and even taking a virtual vacation. While it may not be entirely the same thing, at least you won’t have to give up all the good parts of life to get it.

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