School holidays always have an impact on my spending, obviously we all like to treat the children in their school holidays but those lunches out or daily treats soon start adding up. I have helped keep costs down this holiday in a few ways.
1. With the weather being on our side it is easier to spend less. Expensive day trips have been replaced by fun at the park. Erin especially loves getting her bike out and peddling to the park. I can sit down on the grass, catch up on some emails whilst she is playing happily in the sunshine.
2. Picnics – I rarely buy lunch out preferring to take a bag of picnic snacks with us. I have baked some easy to do egg muffins and used up fridge left overs.
3. Look at what is on locally for free. The Highland Spring Mini tennis Month will be starting soon and has free tennis lessons in many local areas. We did something similar last year and all played tennis for free. The children and Lee really enjoyed it. We have a outdoor tennis court less than four minutes from our house and the children have already been there this week.
4. My girls went to the cinema and watched the Cinderella film – we use our Tesco clubcard points to get the tickets as it is much cheaper that way. If you don’t have any cinema tickets you can easily have a movie afternoon at home just choose a film, close the curtains, get some treats like popcorn and watch on your own panasonic TV.
5. This holiday has also been the time to tidy and sort out the garage and the garden. I have painted the fences whilst Erin was given a paintbrush and bowl of water. She thought she was painting and helping – it was mess free and free entertainment! Great result.
6. Finally I managed to grab a mystery shop that gave us £20 towards two games of Ten Pin Bowling therefore that was another nights fun and entertainment that barely cost me anything!
What have you done over the holidays to keep the costs down?
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