If you haven’t taken a summer vacation, there’s still time to plan for a get-away. Your trip will be much more enjoyable if you keep expenses manageable and do not accrue significant debt as a result of your vacation: Start saving early Buy your tickets in advance Choose your vacation location wisely Start saving early. About three years ago, the wife and I placed a wicker basket – which later became known as the money basket – in our bedroom. We determined that at the end of each day we would place all of our change and any dollar bills in the basket. Of course, any change found, such as when out on a run, is also tossed in the basket. And while we typically limit bills thrown in the basket to $1, occasionally we will throw in a $5. You would be amazed at how quickly loose change, $1 bills – and the occasional $5 bill – add up! Our most significant haul? About $150 over a 2-3 month period. Start your money basket today and enjoy the loose change as your spending money on vacation.