“Ok, so this one is a bit more straight laced than i’d normally write, but please bear with it. For all of you that are unaware (that’s probably about 5 of you) i also write on S4SM about saving money, so it seemed kind of natural to accept it on here, to give you guys a few tips on saving money during what i can only call, one hell of a week. Laura”
With the school holidays fast approaching, it can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to think of how you can get out of the house without spending a small fortune. No matter how precious your little ones are, after six weeks sat at home with them all day and you’ll be crawling the walls. There’s still plenty of time to think about how you’re going to tackle the summer holidays without breaking the bank. Auto Advance have some hints and tips on how you can save for a stress-free six weeks.
Money for days out
Days out can be a good way to pass the time and keep the kids entertained before bedtime. If you’re really organised, you can plan in trips to different places in advance. This will give you time to set aside a budget and save in advance for everything you want to do. Planning ahead of time will also allow you to buy tickets a few weeks before you go to any attractions and usually places offer discount for early bookers. Try and book close enough so you can attempt to predict the weather for any outdoor activities and keep a rainy day fund for soft play centres to avoid splashing in muddy puddles.
Don’t forget to think about the little things that add up. Fuel to faraway destinations can end up costing £50 or £60 and parking for hours certainly racks up the cost so account for that in any budgets. There is also the inevitable change for ice creams and traipses through gift shops full of soft toys that lure little people in.
You don’t need to become an obsessive, extreme couponer to make big savings on the things you buy. During the holidays, theme parks and zoos seek to drive families through their gates so you can be sure that vouchers will be readily available. Check anything from newspapers, train tickets and cereal boxes for two for one tickets to save money. If you’re wanting to go out for a meal then there are also plenty of places where kids eat for free. Signing up to restaurants emailing lists or downloading their apps can also get you money off.
If you want something a bit different, check local arena listings to see if Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol are going to be heading to town any time soon. Again, signing up to theatres ticket lists can mean you get some savings in your inbox. For free trips out, to balance out the spending, you can visit museums and art galleries, you might even learn something too!
You don’t need to go outside everyday and with the great British summer we usually experience, there will be plenty of rainy days during the holidays. Make the most of kids and baby events at supermarkets to stock up on colouring books that might save any budding artists from decorating the sofa. There are plenty of online videos on how to make your own play doh and glitter jars, if you’re feeling creative!
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