Money Saving Ideas for Summer


Well, they are here! The Summer Holidays – 6 weeks of family time, fun and hopefully, sun.

Mummy is looking to give us as many great days as possible, spending as little money as possible. Here are some of her tips to help you save money this summer, but still have a fantastic time.

1. Look for local places that are free to visit, including the beach, parks, and public gardens. Check local newspapers and websites, many will have free events – especially for children.

2. Check your local councils website, many run day activities or projects through the holidays that are either free or low cost.

3. Take a picnic -make it fun, or themed such as a Teddy Bears Picnic for us tots.

4. Wash and fill empty pop or water bottles with squash, about 3/4 full and freeze. The drink will defrost quickly in the warm weather but stay cool for hours.

money saving ideas for summer

5. Take a trip to Poundland or 99p stores or similar. Not every one is keen on these types of store, but to a parent they are brilliant! Stock up on snacks, crisps, drinks, and look out for the latest crazes and fun stuff too. Ours has lots of Minions things for £1, and Avengers water pistols for £1 too. Small bottles of drink are two for £1 – saving at least £1 compared to most other shops.

6. Use your Tesco Clubcard Vouchers in exchange for entry to hundreds of attractions. Save a small fortune!

7. If you do pay to visit a local attraction, check if they have a special offer to come back the next day – or another day. Our favourite local day out offers half price entry if you visit again in 7 days.

8. Keep an eye out in the local newspaper, or for leaflets offering discounts or ‘2 for 1’ entry offers – supermarkets offer them sometimes, and our local car park has a discount for our local theme park printed on the back of the parking ticket.

9. More and more attractions offer better discounts on entry prices if you book online and ahead.

10. Take your own food and drink into attractions – the food offered there is usually expensive.

11. Love coffee, like Mummy? Soft drinks in cafes can be super expensive, so on a lovely summers day, look around for benches, a garden, a park or beach nearby, grab a take away coffee and get out your 2 for £1 soft drinks (or bottles of squash) that you have brought with you!

12. Everyone loves ice cream or a lolly, but they can cost a lot – especially if there is a few of you. Pop into the local mini market and pick up a box of them instead. This week we had a supermarkets own ‘Cornetto’ type ice cream for 25p each!

What do you do to save money in the holidays?




  1. My daughter is going on a free three day cookery course next week. I’ve found some new museums to go to and we always like meeting up with our friends in the park. The holidays will have come and gone before we know it!
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  2. Great ideas!
    You may just have saved me a small fortune!….which I guess can be used to buy wine to treat for taking my kids to such great places!
    Love the Poundshops. Where would be be without them!

  3. Great tips, we always take picnics when we go out for the day, so much cheaper.
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  4. We have a picnic day out and a BBQ at home planned and I’m sure we’ll visit the pound store at some stage for craft supplies!! Great list!
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  5. Great ideas! We love picnics too 🙂 Especially teddy bear ones! Cuppa tea anyone? X #PoCoLo
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  6. Some great ideas there. My friend was just saying she needed some ideas about what to do during the holidays. I will pass this on to her!

  7. Lovely tips! When we go out since the heatwave started we always bring our own water bottle. We got it from the stores. Those ones that makes water cool for longer. So everytime its hot we can always cool down.

    We dont have plans for summer yet but hopefully we can do lots =)

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  8. Great tips. We always take a picnic wherever we go and I am not afraid of asking for tap water and ice!
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  9. All good tips – we will be doing some of those. Picnics are always a good idea.
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  10. What great tips and how exciting having six weeks to play! POD doesn’t start school until September although we’re hoping to have some days out before then. Fingers crossed for sunshine 🙂
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  11. Great tips. Taking food everywhere is great and we take our tea with us too in these lovely stainless steel thermal mug/flask things that have saved us a small fortune over the last 4 years.
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  12. I think you can halve the cost of a day out if you take your own food and drinks. We will be doing lots of beach days this holiday as money is a bit tight, but we will also be doing a few treat days like a trip to the zoo…accompanied by a picnic! #pocolo
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  13. I love going for a picnic in the park! One of the best ways to spend a sunny day and it’s free – well aside from the picnic food, but it’s cheaper than going to a restaurant! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky
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  14. These are all great tips. We always take food and drinks with us from home when we go on days out. If we travel to London by train we download vouchers from the Days Out Guide website to get 2 for 1 entry to attractions.
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  15. Great tips. We do most of these, but the squash one is new to me. Will give that a go this year. Thank you. Hope you and yours have a great Summer! #binkylinky
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  16. Great money saving ideas. Have a wonderful summer.
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  17. Fantastic tips. Thanks for linking to the Binkylinky.
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  18. Lot’s of super useful tips , i am terrible for spending way to much during the holidays and never take thing’s with us or look out for special offers. Now that i have three children and i have gave up work to stay at home i need to start being more careful with money xx #binkylinky
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  19. These are great tips for saving money over the loooooooong summer holidays! x
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  20. These are all great ideas! We are always in Lidl picking up the cheaper version ice creams and lollies! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x
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  21. Great tips! We will definitely be using our Tesco clubcard vouchers for some things this year and freezing the drinks is a great idea to have them cool! 🙂 x #pocolo
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  22. Great tips! The summer holidays with kids can be really costly! I often check out the leaflets you find in supermarkets etc as these often have discount codes etc in for days out. x
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  23. Some fabulous tips here. We save our primary times and raring 2 go magazines as packed full of days out ideas and money saving vouchers
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  24. There are some really good tips and ideas here x

  25. Great list! Very useful tips, I shall be stealing some of these for sure. X
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  26. So many great tips, this mummy loves her Tesco vouchers and bargains shops too, just like your mummy :-)!xx
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  27. Great tips, We have been thinking alot about planning for holidays, lots of picnic/park trips I think. #thelist
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  28. Lots of fab tips here, and goodness knows we all need help over the summer – the school hols are such a money drainer if you arent careful arent they!
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  29. Great tips and I love poundland and the like X

  30. Great tips! I especially like the tip about checking if a place gives ooffers if you return again within a time frame. My son LOVES steam trains so we go on the local steam line quite often. They have an offer where if you keep your ticket, if you return within a year then you get 10% off the price. Super handy! #TheList
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  31. I agree that summer activities don’t have to cost the earth and some of the best ones, like going on a nature walk or visiting a museum, can be completely free. We also love making our own ice lollies and getting the paddling pool or sprinkler out when it’s hot.
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  32. Some really good ideas here – I’m all for saving money during the holidays!
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  33. Great tips! I always take our own cold drinks when we go out and I take a flask of coffee for me. Hate buying drinks out x
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