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After spending so much time in our homes and backyards, we’re all daydreaming about our next vacation. Figuring out where to go is the easy part; paying for it is a different story. Luckily, you can help build your budget for vacation through easy, everyday, money-saving efforts — like using coupons.

Coupons and cash back offers have never been easier to find and use than they are now. And they’re available for products you’re probably paying full price to buy.

If you lean more mindfully into these offers, the savings can help augment the budget for your next getaway.

Figure out how much you need to save

Start with a realistic goal — say, saving enough to cover your vacay food expenses or transportation costs — then begin to build your holiday nest egg, one small savings success at a time.

Check out BudgetYourTrip.com for help; this site can help you pick a category that you can then start saving up for. It ballparks the average-per-person per diem vacation expenses at budget, moderate and luxury levels. And it factors in everything you can think of: accommodations, food, entertainment, transportation, alcohol — even tips.

Whether you have your heart set on Hawaii or a rugged long weekend at a nearby state park, funding the fun starts with wise shopping habits. Wondering how much you can realistically save for a vacation using coupons and cash back offers? You’d be surprised!

Use coupons whenever you can

Let’s talk about the grocery store coupon, where cents-on-the-dollar savings can sometimes make you wonder if the effort is worth it. When used as part of a larger smart shopping plan — such as meal planning based on what’s on sale and in season, sticking to your list to avoid impulse buys and keeping an organized fridge and pantry to avoid buying items you already have — coupon-savvy grocery shoppers know that a 50-cent markdown actually stretches much further than two quarters.

If you focus on saving a mere 10% on your grocery bill using coupons (large or “small”) and you spend $150 per week, you’d sock away an extra $60 per month. Over the course of a year, this can add up to a significant chunk of change with your budget for vacation. And that right there can easily cover more than a few splurge-worthy meals, excursions, souvenirs — you name it.

Pair coupons with cash back offers

Ready to level up your couponing efforts? Along with regular coupon use, cash back offers can help you build substantial savings for the vacation of your dreams.

Download the Coupons.com app and sync up your various store loyalty cards or numbers (don’t forget to include a PayPal account for your cash back earnings to flow into). Then, activate any offers on items you need, and after purchase, the cash back value will be automatically deposited into your PayPal account.

As an example, if there’s an offer for $10 back on a bottle of allergy pills, all you have to do is activate that deal. Then, when you purchase that bottle at a store that has a loyalty card connected to the Coupons.com app — boom! You just got $10 in your PayPal account. (Well, maybe not that fast, but it’ll happen!)

Best of all, there’s no minimum amount you need to accumulate before transferring that PayPal money to your bank. So, send that $10 to your vacation budget ASAP.

Challenge yourself so you can treat yourself

The more you tap into these money-saving offers, the better you’ll be at finding them and using them to your advantage. You’ll find you can make small changes here and there, cut back in this area and that one and challenge your spending habits in ways you didn’t think were possible.

It becomes a game of sorts, and you’re always the winner — because the prize is a bigger bank account. Or a dream vacation where the extras come courtesy of your savings prowess. How cool is that?

Use Coupons.com to find coupons and more money-saving advice that’ll help get you to your vacation faster.