Today we’ve got a guest post from Gemma who is a mum to two children and has recently changed career from accountancy to internet marketing. She runs Waist Trainer UK and blogs as Mummy’s Waisted, which features family life and The Busy Mum’s Guide To.….
She’s here to talk to you today about the things you can do to keep the cost down when you are holidaying in the UK with your Children.
Going on holiday is expensive, we all know that, and especially if you’re taking children with you as well. There are some easy ways to save money on a UK staycation though, and is doesn’t have to mean living on baked beans all week.
The popular holiday parks and resorts can seem like a great idea, with activities and restaurants all within a stone’s throw. However, these can work out to be very expensive, especially if you are tied to going during school holidays. With a small amount of planning, you can save loads by booking a self-catering property instead, and probably end up with more space and flexibility. For example, the lowest price 2 bedroom lodge at Center Parcs Longleat for 4 nights in the May half term is £1,399 whereas you can book into a self-catering property nearby for a third of the price. Before you go, make a plan of where the local attractions, pubs and restaurants are; local websites are really helpful at helping you to find hidden gems. That way, when you get there, you won’t feel like you’re missing out.
Last minute deals
If you’re brave enough, lots of self-catering properties offer great last minute deals, although you can’t be guaranteed to get the dates you want. If you’re willing to book somewhere a bit further away from a big attraction, you’re more likely to get a deal. For example, 4 nights at a self catering cottage in Sherborne, Dorset was only £350 in the second week of the Easter holidays, and you’re only an hour away from Longleat, Peppa Pig World and Marwell Zoo.
Once you’re got your location sorted, keep an eye out for special discounts and vouchers running in newspapers and through loyalty schemes. Tesco Clubcard is great for days out and you often don’t need to have the value of points for a full ticket, there are options for points plus a cash top up. There are often discount vouchers available in local ‘days out guide’ type leaflets too.
Take food with you
Whilst it is very tempting to treat yourself and eat out at every opportunity, the costs will soon rack up! Taking supplies with you will always be the cheaper option, especially when it comes to drinks. Multipacks of juice cartons and bottles of water are always handy to have.
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