Summer is here! And it’s such a wonderful time of year. Long days enjoying the sunshine, days out with the family and of course making lots of memories that both you and the children will cherish forever! If you’re one of the millions of families that take advantage of the summer break to enjoy a family holiday either at home or abroad, then you’ll have even more to look forward to.
Although, once you’ve paid for your holiday, you now need to focus your attention on the other big issue of any holiday: Spending money! Whether it’s for money towards the new holiday wardrobe, ice creams, drinks, activities, bike hire or water parks, you’re going to need to plan ahead and get some serious saving done and if your budget is already stretched, then it’s not always easy – try Creditfix for more information on help with debt. Well, to give you a little helping hand, I’ve come up with 4 saving tips you can use for a little extra spending money.
Check before you shop
As mentioned above, creating a holiday wardrobe for the family is an essential part of any holiday. Regardless of where you’re going, you’re going to need to plan for every eventuality, every day out, the weather and things like accidents and spillages. But before you head to the high street, it’s always a good idea to check what you already have lurking at the back of your wardrobe. Things like sun hats, sunglasses, shorts and t-shirts often get lost at the back of the cupboard, so save yourself a fortune and see what you already have. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with hand-me-downs!
Do lots of free things
In the build up to your holiday, you’ll want to fill your summer days with activities and time with the kids. But this can be expensive! So, in order to keep some of your money for holiday, opt for activities and days out that are free. The library is always bursting with free activities during the summer months and places like museums and country houses often ask for a donation rather than an entrance fee. Nature walks, picnics and days out at the beach are also kind to your budget.
Cut back on your coffee
We all have our favourite indulgent coffee from our favourite coffee shop. And a slice of something sweet to go along side it too! But, your daily coffee habit might be costing you more money than you realise. In the run up to your holiday, cut back on the coffee shop treats and brew coffee at home instead. Sure, it might not be as exciting but you can always treat yourself to a reusable coffee mug so you can enjoy it on the go.
Say no to takeaway
Friday night feasts are always something to look forward to. But wouldn’t you rather have the money to spend on an indulgent meal with the kids on holiday? Cut back on your takeaways and put the money straight into your holiday fund – the kids will understand, especially if you make meals like pizzas together at home instead.
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