It may be a lovely idea to spend 6 weeks with your little ones, but the reality of the summer holidays is that they can cost you a fair bit of money. In fact, by the time that September comes around, you may find that your bank balance isn’t looking quite as healthy as it was at the beginning of July.
Not sure that you can spare the expense of the summer holidays? Want to find a way that you can keep the costs down?
Why not check out our 5 top tips for how you can keep the cost of summer holiday’s down, yet still have plenty of fun.
1. Don't always feel the need to be splashing the cash on big days out
We all know how it feels, the summer holidays come around and as parents we feel slightly guilted into spending money on keeping the kids entertained. Of course, it is good to sometimes treat everyone to an exciting day out, but doing this too often will not only rack up the costs, but can also spoil your kids a little too. They will come to expect these big lavish trips, and will find it difficult to entertain themselves on days that they are not doing anything exciting.
2. Find a low-cost holiday option
One of the things that families look forward to during the summer holidays is their summer break. Some families will head on a plane and go abroad, while others will decide to stay in the UK. If you are looking to save money, then a holiday in the UK is your best option, particularly if you are happy to camp or caravan. However, if you really crave sun and want to go abroad, you can save money with a self-catering break and booking flights and transport separately.
3. Always look out for vouchers and free events
Keeping the kids entertained is an important thing to think about when it comes to the summer holidays. Research your local area, you may find that there are a number of free or low-cost events happening during the summer holidays. These are not only great fun, but will help you to spend less money. Plenty of big name places such as theme parks also offer vouchers which can save you a good amount of money on entrance tickets.
4. Think of fun things you can do at home
Sometimes the best fun can be had in the comfort of your own home. After all, it means that you don’t have to worry about travelling or spending out money. Why not buy a paddling pool for home and set it up in the garden? Or let the kids get some arts and crafts out and make a mess? If the weather isn’t looking great then you can even set up some den making or games indoors, which means that you don’t have to panic about what the weather is doing.
5. Head to the park
Is there anything nicer than spending a day in the sunshine as a family? If you are lucky enough to have a park near to your home, then why not use this as your base for the day. You can play some outdoor games, make a picnic and simply enjoy some time together? It doesn’t have to cost the earth and you will be able to make some fond memories too.