Top Money Saving Tips For The Holidays

Summer holidays can be an exciting period for children, but they can also pose a challenge for parents seeking to entertain their offspring without straining their finances. Fear not, we’re here to help! At SpareMyTime, we have a wealth of experience in planning fun, budget-friendly activities for kids. In this comprehensive guide, we share our top money saving tips for the school holiday. 

Creating a Summer Holiday Budget

Budgeting is essential during summer holidays. Plan for entertainment, travel, and unexpected expenses. Setting a realistic budget can help you make informed decisions and prioritise activities that fall within your spending limits. By controlling your spending, you ensure that holiday fun doesn’t translate into financial stress. 

Staycations vs. Trips Abroad

Why not explore local attractions this summer? Instead of expensive foreign trips, opt for a budget-friendly staycation. Discover affordable accommodation options like budget hotels or holiday rentals, visit nearby towns, and save on travel costs while creating unforgettable family memories. 

Leveraging Loyalty Programs

Loyalty programs can be an excellent source savings for the school holidays. Most hotels, airlines, and travel-related services offer them. Earn points or miles with each purchase or stay, and redeem them for discounts or freebies during your summer holiday. 

Summer Travel Deals for Families

Looking to score a last-minute deal? Websites like Kayak, Google Flights, and Holiday Pirates offer fantastic summer holiday deals. Planning a family-friendly holiday doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out Tiny Travel Ship for more inspiration on child-friendly destinations. 

Taking Advantage of Local Attractions

Explore your local area and discover fun and educational activities for your kids. Visit parks, museums, art galleries, and historical sites with free admission. For more ideas on free family activities in the UK this summer, follow blogs such as Bablands, Mums Make Lists, and NetMums. 

Blue Peter Badge – A Fun, Free Adventure!

This is one of our top money saving tips for the school holidays. Encourage your kids (aged 6 to 16) to apply for a Blue Peter badge by submitting their creative works. Approved applicants receive a badge, which grants free access to various attractions across the country! 

Kellogg’s Cereal Box Tokens

Don’t dispose of your Kellogg’s cereal boxes too quickly! Redeem tokens from the boxes to secure a free child’s ticket when buying an adult ticket at nationwide attractions like Legoland and Alton Towers. 

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Arranging Summer Playdates

Playdates are a win-win! They keep your children entertained during the summer holidays and provide an opportunity for you to share the childcare responsibilities with other parents. 

Planning Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor activities such as walks, hikes, picnics, and visits to local parks offer a budget-friendly way to enjoy the summer holidays. Encourage creativity in your kids with simple activities like garden fence painting using water and a brush. 

DIY Crafts & Home Activities

Create a home activity stash filled with puzzles, books, craft supplies, and board games to keep the kids entertained. Social media accounts like Stay At Home Activity Mom, Five Minute Mum, and Mother Could provide a wealth of fresh, educational activity ideas. 

Smart Food Choices During the Summer Holidays 

Pack snacks and lunches for day trips and outings instead of spending on food while out. Watch out for “Kids Eat Free” deals at restaurants during the school holidays. 

With proper planning and a dash of creativity, you can ensure a fantastic, budget-friendly summer holiday for you and your kids. Visit our blog for more tips from the SpareMyTime team. 

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