With the summer holidays fast approaching you might well be wondering how you’re going to afford 6 weeks of summer activities – and snacks, because kids go through snacks like nothing you’ve ever seen! Thankfully, there are some great ways to save money on summer activities so we thought we’d share some with you.
Look Up Free Events
No matter where you live there is going to be a range of free events happening throughout the school holidays. Facebook is a great place to see what free events are happening locally to you – school fetes, walking groups and even sporting clubs are all likely to have something happening for free over the warmer months. There are also plenty of places you can go for free – a walk in the woods, a trip to the beach and even a free museum or somewhere similar if you have something nearby.
Do Any Local Outdoor Places Need Help?
Getting outdoors in the sunshine at this time of year is a must; so why not see if you can encourage the kids outside while doing some good? Are there any local litter picking groups that you could attend? Might not sound like the most glamorous of events but the kids will get a great sense of achievement from doing it! Places like valestables.com also might need help with feeding or cleaning out the horses; perhaps some local stables could do with a hand?
When it comes to saving money, being organised is always key. For example, on cereal packets now there are vouchers for 2 for 1 entry to lots of UK attractions, so collecting these now can save you money later down the line. Even things like looking up when the local cinema has cheaper showings can help. Planning your day in advance means that you can book things like tickets and parking in advance which is a definite money saver.
Take Plenty With You
Whether you’re just out for a couple of hours or you’re planning to be out all day, take as much with you as you can – especially if you’re taking the car. Food and drink can be really expensive and the cost can soon add up on a day out. Save money by taking some cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches with you. There’s usually somewhere that you can find to sit and have a picnic so it adds a little sense of fun and adventure to the day – pack a Frisbee or football just in case you find somewhere with plenty of space and you’re good to go.
The summer isn’t about spending lots of money but it is a great time to spend together creating new memories. Just remember to make the most of free events, see where you and your kids might be able to volunteer and take snacks with you on any days out and you’re well on your way to a summer full of family fun without having to worry too much about breaking the bank.