Many parents approach school holidays with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. When the kids are off school, you want to make the most of the time you have together, but keeping them entertained often comes at a price. If you’re keen to do more for less, we’ve got you covered! Here are some savvy ways you can save a fortune and have loads of fun at the same time.
Saving on travel
It’s no secret that it’s expensive to go on holiday. Whether you’re booking a last-minute staycation or planning ahead for next year, there are ways to save on travel. You can do this by making money from your home, which can be used to fund a far-flung adventure, and by looking for the best deals out there. Many people now choose to look at flats, villas, and apartments that are privately-owned, rather than hotels and resorts. If you’ve done this before, why not consider using your own home to generate an income? You can take advantage of services such as airbnb management to minimise hassle and increase your chances of finding reliable guests. Another option to consider is a home swap. This will save you money on accommodation, and you can track down people to swap with all over the world. There are also many other ways to reduce the cost of going away. Look for flight deals online, compare fares offered by different airlines, and book car hire and transfers online, as prices tend to be lower. Often, it’s wise to book flights months in advance, but it can also make financial sense to opt for a last-minute deal if you don’t mind taking a risk with available destinations.
Inexpensive days out
Nothing beats family days out in the holidays. The trouble is that the cost of trips to theme parks, cinemas, bowling alleys, and soft play centres soon adds up. Before you make any plans, look for deals online. You may find that you can access vouchers and discounts such as children go free with a paying adult, for example. You can also look for offers for family-friendly restaurants. If you are planning to take the kids out, it’s worth signing up with discount sites, as this will give you access to deals via email, and you can customize the options to ensure you only get information about attractions or vouchers that match your interests. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there are plenty of places you can visit that don’t have admission fees, such as beaches, parks, and museums. Many towns and cities also host child-friendly festivals and events during the holidays, so it’s a good idea to check the local newspaper and have a look online.
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We all want to make the most of the time we have with our kids during the holidays. Sometimes, however, holidays and excursions can be expensive. Thankfully, there are ways of saving money, boosting your holiday fund and finding deals and offers. Hopefully, this guide has given you some useful tips, and you can do more for less in the coming weeks and months.