The summer holidays are upon us and looking after children or grandchildren can end up costly. However, we look at how you can keep these costs down and save money in other areas of your life in the warm months – to help you reach your saving goal.
- Hunt out the discounts. Check sweet packets and cereal boxes for special 2 for 1 entry tickets to UK theme parks. These can run all year round so keep an eye out and save them for the six weeks break.
- Have fun for free. Invest in some cheap days out this summer – pack a picnic and head to the park, beach, library or museum. These are free and there are often free, fun summer events for children. Check out any free outdoor movie events near you too.
- Get creative. Invest in a paddling pool, make your own water slide with heavy duty plastic, make messy play in the garden with pain and poster paper, camp in the garden – the fun doesn’t need to be expensive.
- Shop at Tesco? If so, consider your Tesco Clubcard Boost – you can boost your vouchers for food, cinema and days out and £2.50 of vouchers can be used as £7.50 or £10 worth of food or entertainment, saving a fortune on family days out.
- Look at restaurant discounts. If you plan on eating out a lot this summer then think about investing in a discount card such as a Tastecard where you can eat 2 for 1 meals or get up to 50% off or look on Groupon or Wowcher for up to 80% off eating out.
- Fitness Fun. Check out the local park runs near you which are free to enter, or if you have children or grandchildren who like tennis you can get six lessons, a racket and ball for £35 with tennis for kids. Visit tennisforkids.co.uk
- Enjoy nature and history for an annual fee. Sign up for a National Trust membership. A family membership costs £10 a month and you can enjoy free entry to over 500 special places in the UK, as well as free parking in most National Trust car parks.
- Turn down your hot water thermostat. Many people crank up the hot water heater during the cold winter months but don’t forget that you won’t need it so hot in the warmer months – reduce the temperature settings during the summer and save yourself cash.
- Make the most of the sunshine. Dry all your washing outside this summer, rather than using the tumble dryer – a tumble dryer can shrink your clothing twice as much as air drying too so you can save electricity this summer and make sure your favourites stay in shape.
- Invest in solar lighting. Not only could this improve the ambience of your garden but it will allow you to use your outside space in the evening with no electricity costs. Solar lighting can also be used in the front to light up your entrance when it’s dark in the summer.
- De-clutter and make some cash. Summer brings with it car boot sale galore – a great way to de-clutter and make a buck.Go through your loft, empty the overflowing cupboards, de-clutter and put a price on it. Whilst you’re there you might also pick up some bargains.
- Walk or ride - don’t drive. Save money on fuel and car maintenance costs this summer by leaving home a little earlier and walking and cycling to your destination. This will help your health too.
- Save money in seasonal sales. Look out for end-of-summer sales selling garden tools or winter coats at discount prices. Buying more expensive items in out-of or end-of season sales can save you pounds.
If you know how much money you are trying to save this summer then use our savings calculator here to find out how much you could earn on your savings.
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