Make a difference on your next vacation and save money too…plan a volunteer vacation for your next getaway!
The good news…part or all of your program fees and travel expenses may be tax deductible.
Check with the nonprofit organization that you’re planning on donating your time and money to, and always check with your tax preparer.
There are literally hundreds of volunteer travel opportunities all over the world…whether it’s a volunteer work abroad program, or a volunteer vacation right in your own country!
Build a Habitat for Humanity home, help restore Coral Reefs, help preserve a National Park, or volunteer for a medical mission. These are just a few examples of how you can help out your favorite cause and save in the process.
A few tips before you go:
1. Think about where you want to go and what you want to do. Are you looking to pass on your talent and expertise or to do something totally different than you’ve ever done before?
2. Find out what the cost will be, if the group really is a nonprofit, you may be able write off part or all of your trip on your taxes.
3. Find out what the accommodations will be…some trips may include a stay in a tent, simple motel, or in a dormitory setting. Ask if there will there be electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing? Ask what type of food will be served? Will you have to assist in the preparation of the food? If you’re staying at a hotel, ask for a discounts..they may offer special deals to volunteers.
4. Find out what the physical requirements will be…Clearing trails in a national park can be strenuous, but many are considered easy and are for any age group.
5. Also, find out about what the weather is like where you are going. Some age groups like young children and seniors may be sensitive to extreme heat for example.
6. Do your homework! Check out the organization that you’re interested in working with, talk to others who have volunteered, and research on the internet. The sites listed below are a great place to start:
- Habitat for Humanity to build 30 homes in south Columbia (columbiamissourian.com)
- Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference Offers Volunteer Ideas for Every Traveler (prweb.com)
A volunteer vacation can be rewarding in more ways than one! Please let us know what your volunteer travel experience has been, we’d love to hear from you. Leave your comment below, or contact us anytime.
There are lots of quick and easy meals under $10 that you can make at home. We’ve searched the web for some great budget meals, recipes for the kids, and healthy cheap recipes for the whole family!
We think you’ll like these…
We’ve got 10 recipes to introduce your kid to new foods, get them eating more healthily, and have them asking for more. Plus, they ring up under $10 per meal.
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Finding ways to save money and better manage your finances is just a fingertip away with today’s smart phone technology. There are thousands of apps on the iTunes and Android market that can help you find the best deals, track expenses, and budget your income, among other money-management tools. Whether you’re out shopping or you’re trying to pay your monthly bills, there are apps that can help you make the best use of your money.
We’ve got 10 great apps to help you save money…
Pay monthly bills, manage multiple online accounts, and get real-time alerts when you are nearing your account limits with this inclusive app. You can check credit card balances and keep an eye on purchases wherever you are. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows phone.
This financial calculator have over 180 functions. Want to know how your salary breaks down into an hourly wage? Need to figure out how much to save each month for retirement? This app can quickly answer these questions and more. Free for iPhone.
This popular gas tracking Web site now has an app to help you figure out where you can find the best deals to fill up. Browse community reported gas prices to figure out the cheapest nearby location to buy fuel. Earn points as you use the app to get special rewards. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows phone.
Use this app to scan the barcode of any product then instantly find prices from online and nearby retailers to get the best deal. You can scan barcodes and QR codes for results. Available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
Use this app to scan the barcode of a product to get expert advice and reviews about the best brands to buy. Get ratings, recommendations, and detailed user reviews. Available for Android and iPhone at $4.99 for one year of servic
Get coupons for your city or zip code right on this app. Cashiers can scan the coupons from your phone, and you can be notified when your favorite retailers add coupons. Available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
Get rid of all those annoying reward card keychains and consolidate them into one handy app. Instantly access cards from major retailers and learn about real-time deals and discounts. Available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
If you like to save a buck, but the idea of pulling out a coupon mortifies you, this app can help. After you dine out, snap a photo of your check and submit for a reimbursement through your paypal account within the hour. Locations are limited. Available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
This popular group discounting site is now available as an app. Buy and redeem deals on a variety of services and products in your area. Daily deals are sent to your phone each morning. Free for iPhone.
Can use this app to keep track of allowance paid to their children, as well as chores that have been completed. The app supports multiple children and allows for Dropbox integration. Free for iPhone.
About the Author: Heather Green is a freelance writer for several regional magazines in North Carolina as well as a resident blogger for onlinenursingdegrees.org. Her writing experience includes fashion, business, health, agriculture and a wide range of other topics. Heather has just completed research on different types of nurses and clinical nurse specialist degrees.
Thanks Heather, for the great post on 10 Apps To Help You Save Money!
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February 29th and Leap Year specials only come around every 4 years folks…so now’s the time to take a peek at these great deals and freebies..
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We hope that you find some great leap year specials, and if it’s your birthday today…Happy Birthday!