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.
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?