I don’t know about you, but I’ve been counting down to Summer since the year began! It’s just my favourite time of year: schools out for summer, we get to spend days out in the sun, holidays and of course lots of family time.
I always try to plan lots of activities for the summer and fill in as much time as possible with fun activities and lots of days out. Whether we’re exploring new places or we’re revisiting some old favourites, whatever the weather, I always try to have something planned. However, if your budget is a little tight at the moment, or you’re trying to save money then keeping the kids occupied during the summer break can seem like an uphill struggle. If you’re worrying about debt or keeping on top of your finances, then click here for some advice from industry experts.
So, with this in mind, I’ve come up with 4 ways you can save money this summer and have plenty of family fun at the same time!
Plan your meals
Eating out and summertime seems to go hand in hand. Whether it’s an impromptu tray of chips by the seaside, or you’re stopping at a café or two on the way to the shops. Eating out isn’t always budget friendly so, if you’re conscious of your summer spend, don’t worry. Just make sure you have plenty of cupboard staples in and take a picnic everywhere you go! Invest in a good cool box and buy as much as you can in bulk. And don’t forget to flex those baking skills this summer and you and the kids can create some sweet treats to enjoy rather than spending a fortune on chocolate bars and sweets.
Find things that are free
It’s a lot easier than it sounds! During the summer break, you’ll find that a lot of activities and open days are free to the public and can keep you all busy for an entire day. From free festivals to days dedicated to the Armed Forces, open days at country houses, free swimming sessions at local pools and activity centers. As well as places like museums which ask for a donation rather than an entrance fee. Not forgetting music concerts in the park and even events at your local library. Search social media or head to your local community center and mark down some dates in your diary.
Don’t be afraid to ask
Buckets and spades, picnic blankets, cool boxes, sunglasses, hats, garden toys, paddling pools, tents, even a BBQ – all these things don’t come cheap, but they seem to play a big part in the summer break. So, don’t be afraid to ask family, friends and neighbours if you can borrow one or two items! It’ll save you a fortune!
Go through your wardrobes
Take advantage of those inevitable rainy days and clear out all the old toys, clothes and unloved books that your children don’t want anymore. You can donate some to charity or see what you can sell online or even at a car boot sale!