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‘You’ll en­joy your ex­pe­ri­ences more if they’re di­vorced from the pain of pay­ing,’ says Clau­dia Ham­mond, author of Mind Over Money. We have to ad­mit, hav­ing our hol­i­day sav­ings sorted be­fore we jet off does sound ap­peal­ing…

1 Click ’N’ Save Take ad­van­tage of cash­back sites such as quidco.com and Tb­seen.com. Quidco alone of­fers thou­sands of brands with av­er­age earn­ings of £280 per year (in­clud­ing all our faves: ASOS, New Look, Miss­guided). That’s ba­si­cally an­other hol­i­day – or a brand new hol­i­day wardrobe…

2 Start A Stand­ing Or­der Be strict and set up a stand­ing or­der. Even if it’s just a fiver each week, trans­fer­ring money into a sec­ond bank ac­count will en­sure you’re reg­u­larly sav­ing – even if it’s a small amount. Tip: set up the stand­ing or­der on the date you’re paid each month – that way, you’ll barely no­tice it’s gone.

3 Opt For Home­made If we had our way, we’d treat our­selves to a huge lunch, a bag of Haribo and a lux­ury cof­fee every day. But all those ex­pen­sive sand­wiches soon add up. Start prep­ping your lunches at home and you could save more than £100 per month.

4 Have A Clearout If you haven’t worn it in the last 12 months, get it on ebay. If you can’t face spend­ing time tak­ing heaps of photos, search for your lo­cal car boot sale. Bring your mates, pack a lunch (no spend­ing allowed!) and make a day of it.

5 Hol­i­day-friendly Birth­day Presents If your birth­day falls be­fore your break, ask for hol­i­day-friendly presents. That way, you’re al­ready tick­ing off some pre-get­away pur­chases. We’re think­ing new beach bag, an ex­tra bikini or that to­tally es­sen­tial Fin­ery sun­dress…

You’ll have more fun in the sun with­out wor­ry­ing about what you’ve spent

Start sav­ing and it’ll soon add up to hol­i­day gold

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