Now that the weather is getting better and the Easter break is out of the way, your thoughts might be wandering to the summer holidays and what you’ll do to keep your lot amused and happy. You might then start to get concerned about the cost of these activities and events, because the summer holidays can be expensive even if you don’t leave the country for a getaway. So is it possible to enjoy the summer of 2013 on a budget? And if so, how do you go about it? I’ve got a few tips to get you started..
The first suggestion I have for you is to collect coupons on the run up to the summer holidays. We have some brilliant attractions in the UK that can be a fun day out for the whole family. These attractions include theme parks, aquariums and museums. The types of offers you might find could be free entry for children, buy one get one free, or a percentage off the ticket price. There are a number of ways to find these coupons and offers such as on the attraction website, in your supermarket, or perhaps even on food packaging.
Find free events
Another one of the most common money saving tips is to find free events in your local area that could be great fun for your family. Think along the lines of fetes, festivals and food fairs for the ultimate summer experience. There can be some truly odd and wonderful things to discover, so head to your community centre to find out more, or check the listings in your local paper.
Explore the great outdoors
If you want to get a bit of exercise instead of just filling up on candy floss and popcorn, you might like to explore the great outdoors. We are privileged to live in a country with plentiful countryside and coastline, so it would be a shame if you didn’t get to see any of it this summer. Why don’t you try and get outdoors in a number of ways this summer from walking and cycling to kayaking?
Do it yourself
If you want to simply relax and chill out with friends and family, why don’t you host your own party rather than all heading out to a restaurant? Ask guests to bring food and drinks, or put on a barbecue for everyone to enjoy. To keep costs down you don’t need to give your garden a massive makeover to accommodate everyone; simply get some picnic blankets and odd chairs and tables and you’re sorted!
Look for late deals
If you do want to go abroad for some summer sun, look for late deals from travel agents and holiday websites. You will have to be fairly flexible as you won’t be able to plan long ahead, and it would be useful if you already had some travel money put by so you don’t need to find your holiday cash all of a sudden. If you can’t find any deals for summer sun that suit you, many destinations are cheaper out of peak season from September to November.