If you’re a traveling healthcare professional, you know that the costs you incur while traveling on assignment can quickly add up. To help you keep your hard-earned money in your wallet and prevent you from spending any more than you need to, our team at SpringBoard Healthcare created this list of money-saving tips from insights from our travelers.
1. Cook meals at home.
While traveling on assignment, it’s easy to get carried away with eating out at restaurants and purchasing food that’s convenient on the go. To save money, try making meals at home as often as you can. If you’re unable to eat at home for certain meals, such as lunch, try preparing and packing your meals to bring with you in advance. If you don’t have a kitchen available to you in your residence, consider purchasing dry or non-perishable food items instead.
2. Use coupon apps.
There’s a coupon app for that! Whether you’re trying to save money at the grocery store, retail store or a restaurant, there are tools to help you save. To save money on groceries, consider using Ibotta or Grocery iQ. For restaurants and experiences, we suggest using Groupon.
3. Take public transportation.
The cost to purchase a taxi ride or ride-sharing (Uber, Lyft, etc.) services to get where you need to go gets expensive over time. If the facility you’re working at is too far to walk or bike to, try taking public transportation. An app, called “Transit” can assist you in locating public transportation near you.
4. Keep track of the money you spend.
It’s easy to lose track of how much money you’re spending if you aren’t paying close attention. Be sure to track how much money you’re spending throughout your travel assignment to ensure you’re living within your budget. Mint, Dollarbird and Fudget a are popular apps that can aid you in better managing your money.
5. Choose the right traveling healthcare professional staffing agency.
Different healthcare staffing agencies offer travelers different benefits. Make sure the healthcare staffing agency you chose offers competitive per diems, licensure reimbursement, and free CEU credits like SpringBoard Healthcare does. You’ll also want to make sure that your staffing agency is helping to negotiate competitive compensation packages for your based on the cost of living in the location you’ll be working in.
For more tips on how to choose the right healthcare staffing agency for you, read our blog here.
Are you a traveling Cath, IR, EP nurse or tech looking for a qualified healthcare staffing agency that can help you find your next travel assignment? If so, please consider SpringBoard Healthcare. We have over fifteen years of experience in the healthcare staffing industry. Contact us by calling 1-866-465-6286 to learn more.