Summer Holidays are almost here, and for many parents that can mean looking at bank balances before booking a family day out.
So to help you plan for holiday fun we’ve pulled together some top money-saving ideas.
Don’t forget your childcare vouchers!
They’re not just for nursery fees. They can be used for a huge range of childcare options, for children all the way up to 15.
These include holiday camps, activity clubs and many popular adventure holidays firms too, such as Camp Beaumont and Super Camps.
1. Embrace your inner pirate
Hide your ‘loot’ somewhere in the garden or house and create a special treasure map, complete with old looking paper and cryptic clues, using this easy to follow guide.
Tip: Join in the national craze for treasure hunting called Geocaching which uses your smartphone or GPS.
2. Head to the great outdoors with a picnic
If the weather looks up to it (and with the British weather you always need to check!) you could risk an al fresco dining experience. Be ready for ants, wasps and spilled lemonade getting everywhere. If you want to know exactly which creature is crawling up your leg, bring a pocket guide to insects – and nerves of steel.
Tip: For more ideas try one of these beautiful picnic spots compiled by VisitBritain.
3. Go pond dipping or crabbing
Many a fond childhood memory is made of pond dipping or crabbing. Great if you want the children to entertain themselves for a while!
Tip: Check out this list for some of the best crabbing spots in the UK.
Remember to check which attractions near to you are free. You may be surprised. There are hundreds of free family-friendly places to visit.
Savvy summer – money saving tips
1. Bring your own and plan for emergency snacking
Petrol station forecourts and attractions charge a premium. Dig out your cooler bag or try these ideas for snacks and lunches you don’t need to keep in the fridge.
2. Save with a railcard
If you’re planning to travel quite a bit then it may pay to invest in a Family & Friends Railcard. It will bring you a third off adult fares and 60% off kid’s fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year. For details visit: www.railcard.co.uk
3. Go green fingered
Many larger garden centres have a play area, as well as pets and fish sections and even special demonstrations.
Tip: make your own ‘grass heads’. All you need is an old pair of tights or some yoghurt pots. Here’s how to make one.
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