The 12 Things I Did To Earn Or Save Extra Money For Visiting My Love Overseas, Engagement, Wedding, Honeymoon, Visa Costs, And Moving To The USA
There are a lot of costs associated with a long distance relationship including, but not limited to:
- Visiting to spend time and get to know your partner
- Air Fare
- Ground Travel
- Spending Money
- Engagement Costs
- Engagement Ring
- Dinner or something special
- Wedding Costs
- Wedding Dress
- Bridesmaid Dresses
- Honeymoon Costs
- Spending Money
- Visa Costs
- Government Fees
- Visa Consultant
- Medical Exam
- Moving Costs
- Plane Tickets
- Transportation Home )Plane, Train, Car, Taxi ect..)
All of these costs together can be very expensive and run into the thousands of dollars. The costs are definitely worth it, when in the end, you are with your perfect match forever.
There are ways to make these things less expensive and eloquently done on a low budget. We will talk about these ways in future posts.
But what I wanted to discuss today are:
The 12 Things That I Did To Earn Or Save Extra Money For
Visiting My Love Overseas,
Our Engagement, Our Wedding,
The Visa Costs, and Moving To The USA.
I have listed these 12 ways that I earned or saved extra money for all of these costs below in order of how much I made or saved:
#1 Rent A Room
If you own a home and have an extra room, you can rent a room to someone. You could charge anywhere from $400 – $1,200 per month rent plus a portion of utilities based on the accommodations and where you live.
Make sure that you interview the person, get references, and evaluate who is coming into your house before you commit. I learned that the hard way with my first renter. The second person renting, I have known for a long time so I knew things where going to be better.
Make sure that you write a lease. You could make the lease just by the month, if you can. Follow any rental laws of your State.
You can advertise through Craigslist, local paper, or other means.
#2 Refinance Student Loans
If you have a student loan or a parent plus loan through the Federal student loan program, you are probably have a higher interest than you need. If you refinance the student loan, you may be able to cut your interest rate in half.
I had a parent plus loan through the Federal program and was paying between 8% – 9% interest. I refinanced the loan through a company called Sofi and reduced my interest rate to between 4% – 5%.
This saved me about $100 in my monthly payment which I saved toward our expenses listed above.
We recommend that if you have a student loan or a parent plus loan that you check and see what Sofi can do for you.
Plus, if you sign up for a Sofi Educational Refinance Loan HERE through our site, you’ll receive a $100 bonus check from Sofi.
#3 Refinance Credit Card Debt
If you have credit card debt, you are probably have a significantly higher interest than you need. If you refinance the credit card debt through a personal loan, you may be able to cut your interest rate by 75%.
I had some credit card debt paying between around 15 interest. I refinanced the credit card debt with a personal loan through a company called Sofi and reduced my interest rate to between 4% – 5%.
This also saved me about $100 in my monthly payment which I saved toward our expenses listed above. It also put me on a clear path to paying off the debt.
We recommend that if you have credit card debt that you check and see what Sofi can do for you.
Plus, if you sign up with Sofi for an Personal Loan HERE through our site, you’ll receive a $100 bonus check from Sofi.
#4 Get A Part-Time Job
I have a full time job, but I have my weekends off. I decided to get a part-time job on the weekends to help save up for the costs above.
You can look for a part-time job Craigslist, Snagajob, your local paper, word of mouth, and job
The job that I took is doing weekend respite work for a personal care person that takes care of a person with significant needs. This allows me to make some extra money, give the care worker a break, and have someone to do something with as we do things in the community.
I also found another very part-time job on Craigslist. I work for a mattress store and post flyers for them. Wherever I go, I have flyers in a folder and post them on bulletin boards. The mattress store pays me $2 per flyer post.
I used the extra money again to save for our expenses.