Entertaining your kids this summer – Money saving tips

It can be a daunting reality as parents begin to think about how they will keep their children entertained over the six-week break. However, there are plenty of affordable ways to keep the kids busy for free or on a tight budget.

Most schools in the UK have now broken up for the summer holidays, which for the most part begin this week. It can be a daunting reality as parents begin to think about how they will keep their children entertained over the six-week break. However, there are plenty of affordable ways to keep the kids busy for free or on a tight budget. Join us as we discuss how to entertain your kids this summer on a shoestring.

  • Check out restaurant discounts in your area

    As we begin to draw closer to the summer months, many restaurants will be looking to re-visit their menus to incorporate children’s meals and special offers to cater for the higher demand. As a result, many supermarkets and restaurant chains will be offering significant discounts on meals. For instance, Asda will be offering children across England and Wales a hot or cold meal for £1 across all their cafes from the 25 July until 4 September, irrespective of what adults spend.

  • Look out for special offers

    If you are yet to have booked any excursions, such as a trip to a Safari Park, Zoo, or Theme Park, it is not too late to find a great deal to attractions this summer. There are several travel providers that still have availability, you may be surprised to find that you could save up to 50% with some providers as they need to fill vacancies over the summer period. It is always worth looking out for special offers on cereal boxes and consider seeing if your supermarket will exchange loyalty points for attraction vouchers.

  • Explore the countryside

    Consider taking some time to explore the great outdoors. It is free to do for the most part, for instance English Heritage has more than 250 free-to-enter historic sites, from medieval castles to grand manor houses. You may need to pay for parking but taking a packed lunch and making a picnic in the great outdoors can help to justify the cost of travelling and parking.

  • Have a back-up plan if it rains

    There are many attractions that are designed to be enjoyed when it is raining outside. For instance, aquariums, museums, and some farms are all great options for indoor fun. Of course, you could catch the latest film at the cinema for a change of scenery if the rain is stopping your outdoor plans. Visiting these attractions at certain times during weekdays can save you a lot of money, so it’s always worth checking their website or calling them to find out if special discounts are available before you visit.

Prepare for a bright future

The key to a stress free and enjoyable summer holiday is preparation. It can help to relieve stress and ensure that you concentrate on having fun with your children during the summer break. It is never too late to start saving towards fun excursions during the summer holidays, even if you are saving up for next summer. The ability to save straight from your pay makes it easier than ever to build your financial resilience. You can find out more about saving and reaching your financial goals with Serve and Protect CU here: https://serveandprotectcu.co.uk/save/savings-calculator

  • The information provided in this article is for guidance and educational purposes only. Police Credit Union Ltd. does not offer regulated financial advice. Please seek independent financial advice.

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