Life can be pretty expensive some months. You know those times when you have birthdays to pay for, the children need new clothes or there are school trips that need paying.
Sometimes there just isn’t much left over in the kitty for blow it all weekends. This is why you need some tricks up your sleeve. Those go to places that don’t break the bank. I have put together my no spend days out in Gloucestershire for these occasions.
Scottish Friendly challenged me to have a no spend weekend at home in Gloucester. Now for me this would be really easy as I am quite happy pottering around my home and I could have ticked off lots of jobs that need doing at home. I could have spent the weekend decluttering the cupboard under the stairs that really needs a sort out.
However this would not have pleased the children. They don’t expect me to full on entertain them each day with expensive days out but equally they need to get outdoors, to get outside. The children dip in and out at the weekend. Erin dances on Saturday mornings and Dylan has football on Sundays. Chloe pretty much does her own thing but does like to spend some time with us if she is about.
- After dancing we came home for a little lunch and then decided to head out for the afternoon. The weather was dry and we wanted somewhere outside. We headed to the canal at Saul Junction we parked up for free and were able to enjoy a walk. We took the puppy like many others do and enjoyed being outside. There is a working lock at this point and Erin enjoyed seeing how it worked.
- We picked some blackberries which we brought home to make crumble for Sunday’s roast dinner. Blackberries are bountiful and versatile. We often pick locally and enjoy them for desserts and even on our breakfasts in the morning.
- The evening was spent having our own cinema evening. We got all hygge with blankets, fluffy socks, candles, dim light and snacks. We chatted and we watched Saturday night TV.
- Sunday morning consisted of football for Dylan and therefore Erin and I headed to Beatrix Potter Shop and Museum. The shop is wonderful to lose yourself in for a short time. Many children love the books and this makes it more real.
- Literally next door to the shop is the stunning Gloucester Cathedral. We timed it between services but were able to continue the Potter theme by following in Harry Potter’s footsteps. Much of the film was filmed at the cathedral and they are proud to show you where.
- For Erin no trip to the Cathedral is complete without a hot chocolate in Costa. We collect our points and used them on this Sunday morning. We had enough for drinks and cakes and it was all free!
- Later that afternoon we all headed out to St James City Farm which is a free city farm where children can get close to the animals. If you want to go this year be quick as it shuts from November to March.
Completing a no spend weekend encourages you to be creative both at home and in the local community. There are always activities to do for free if you search them out. You can read about my Hidden Gems in Gloucestershire that include more free and low spend ideas.
Furthermore crafting is a great children’s activity and a great way to do things for free at home. Use my Fingerprint Christmas Cards to make a start of Christmas activities or many children love sensory play with Instasnow.
Take a look at Scottish Friendly’s blogs for money saving tips, and let me know in the comments below how you entertain your children for free.