Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:27

    Six week holidays don't have to cost a fortune

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    So, the kids have broken up and now, after only a couple of days, you’re tearing your hair out and wondering how on earth you’re going to keep them entertained whilst not blowing all your life’s savings in one family outing.

    Believe it or not, there are many ways to keep the kids active this summer, but it may require some thinking outside of the box and lots of intense internet couponing.

    Obviously, you are not going to be able to get out of spending money for the duration of the epic summer break, but there are certainly ways to reign in the majority of the spending, all whilst giving the kids a great time this holiday time.

    First and foremost, local councils put some really wonderful events on for free over the holidays and kids often really enjoy them. Plays, reading groups and arts and crafts activities are normally all on offer for absolutely nothing at local children’s centres and libraries and it gives children the chance to do something a little bit different.

    If you have children of a certain age, they will, quite naturally, want to do ‘cool’ things that all their friends are doing and this is perfectly understandable. This is still manageable if you are worried about your finances though, all you have to do is get into couponing and source vouchers. There are quite a lot of 2 for 1 deals out there, it’s just knowing where to look really. Sign up to loads of couponing websites and spend your time looking for offers and it will pay off. Don’t forget; part of the expense of taking your kids out for the day is feeding them. A lot of the time if you were to take a picnic to some of your outings, you’d save a fortune. Picnicking is great for the kids too. It brings families together, without the noise and hustle and bustle of a restaurant, and lets everyone in the family get some fresh air. Times like this cost nothing.

    If you have young children, they don’t understand what costs money and what doesn’t, so it’s silly to be spending a fortune on taking them out to expensive places. Being out in the garden is enough of a treat for a youngster, and to be fair, there is so much that they can do. If the weather is nice, they can play in a paddling pool or just potter around ‘helping’ you do some gardening. They could help you wash the car, or just a trip to the local park will do the trick – you get the idea. For poor weather, try a bit of baking. 

    All we’re saying is that it really doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get through the next couple of months with the kiddies off. You just have to use a bit of imagination and be open to sourcing deals and vouchers etc.

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