The school holidays are fast approaching and now is the optimum time to be planning your summer days trips and holidays if you want to make holiday savings this July and August. Research shows that the average family having 1.9 children can face up to £239.91 per week, or £1,439.48 across the summer holiday in extra costs, including day trips, activities and petrol. This is a huge amount and families will need to take this into account and make plans to have this money available.
We cannot deny that having the children off school in July and August will cost us. Working parents will spend more on childcare which could involve day camps and summer clubs and stay at home parents will need to find ways to entertain their brood whilst they are not at school.
School Holiday Savings You Can Make Today
- One of the best ways is to set aside money in advance each month, so that you have a separate pot of savings to use during the summer. This approach spreads out the cost of the summer. Therefore much like you have a Christmas savings pot, have a summer savings pot.
- I am often asked whether to book early or late to secure the best deals. Personally, I find booking earlier is better. For us, next years holiday is already booked.
- I often go to travel agents to get some inspiration and ideas for a holiday location. I then come home and find the same holiday online and book it that way which affords me more discounts and cashback.
- Another holiday savings trick is to set a realistic budget and stick to it. We have a budget for holidays and I look for ways to get the best offers within my budget. Many assume that fully inclusive offers the best value, however, for many families, this is not the case. Also if you are not big drinkers or eaters then this is not always a good economy. Much of the time you are paying convenience rather than saving money on food and drink!
- Get a travel credit card or travel money card. They typically have much better exchange rates than your normal credit or debit card and don’t charge nasty fees when you use them abroad! You can compare credit cards with Experian, and see your chances of being accepted by some lenders before you apply.
- Booking your holiday separately can offer great holiday savings, in previous years we have booked flights and then paid for the hotel in local currency when we are there. We benefit from huge savings this way. When booking flights check out Jack’s Flight Club for the biggest savings.
- Use Topcashback to get money back when booking a holiday. I shared last year how we got back over £100 for simply using this holiday saving trick. There is also a deal currently where you can get back over £30 on your airport car parking. I can totally recommend meet and greet as an easy way to get your holiday started.
- A controversial one, but school holidays bump the price of travel up, therefore look at travelling outside of these dates, even a day or so can make a difference. Local Authorities can fine parents but most say only after ten missed sessions, so it is worth checking the school policy.
- Staycations are obviously cheaper than travelling abroad and you can get a great deal. I loved the lodges at Haven Holidays when we had a break at Hawkchurch last year.
- Look for upcoming locations as they are often better value for travellers. Tunisa, Turkey and Eygpt are all back on the map after a turbulent few years. These places are open for travellers and there are many great deals as they build up their tourism industry once again.
There are holidays savings still to be had, you just need to spend a little time researching and doing some of the legwork yourself.
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