Saving money as an au pair

When it comes to saving money, I go through periods where I save all my money followed by periods where I buy way too much stuff that I don’t need (mostly books). Here are some tips on how to save money as an au pair.

  1. Find a job

    Being an au pair is all good and fun, but it doesn’t pay a lot of money. If your host kids go to school, this gives you plenty of time during the day to get a job.

  2. Start a budget

    Write down how much money you have coming in every month and then write down your expenses. Figure out what your priorities are. If you have a monthly phone bill, a gym membership or a car, those expenses come first. Write down how much this is every month and then look at the money you have left. In the first couple of months, write down what you spent money on at the end of every day. This makes it easy to see where you can make cuts.

  3. Put money in a savings account/a little jar

    After writing everything down, I worked out how much money I needed per month to actually enjoy myself without spending a crazy amount of money. My host parents pay my money into my bank account every week. So, as soon as I receive the money, I transfer part of it into my savings account. That way I can’t just spend it, and I’m very aware of it if I have to transfer it back to my current account.

  4. Live off your host family – like you’re supposed to

    I actually have a little trouble this one, but you’re supposed to be a member of the family. All your essentials should be paid for. As a vegan, I eat a lot of fruit, and I feel bad for everything they buy, so I buy it myself as well. If you buy something for the house, you can leave receipts for your host parents and ask for the money back.

  5. Save by participating in a challenge

    Something as simple as the 1-penny challenge will help you save £650 in a year! Go on Pinterest and look for money saving challenges to find one that fits your salary.

  6. Finally, get creative

    Drink what the locals drink and don’t go to the big coffee chains. You can find coffee that’s much cheaper (and usually better) at smaller coffee joints. (I do like a Starbucks coffee, though, so you don’t have to follow my advise on this one.)

Whatever you do, don’t forget that this is your time in a different country. Make sure you enjoy yourself. Don’t make the mistake of skipping out on fun just to save some money. If you break your budget, you can make up for it in the next month.



  1. 13 December 2018 / 2:03 pm

    I like these ideas, very helpful. I’d also suggest keeping a track of where you’re spending so that you can budget your expenses accordingly.

  2. Kelsi H
    10 December 2018 / 3:18 am

    I also use jars to save for specific events. Getting side hustle jobs is great advise, too.

  3. 9 December 2018 / 2:53 am

    These are really helpful tips! So important for everyone to learn how to save money from a young age

  4. 9 December 2018 / 12:38 am

    Great tips! Never hurts to save money hahah

  5. Catherine Santiago Jose
    8 December 2018 / 3:41 am

    These are very nice tips and it will also help others in saving their money for their future needs.

  6. worldlytreat
    7 December 2018 / 8:40 pm

    These are all very valuable tips. I had to google the meaning of an Au-pair.

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