The Summer holidays are amazing, but they’re also hideously expensive! If you stay at home and go out for days, it can often cost more than going away. So how do you keep the kids entertained and keep the budget down?
Check your memberships for extra discounts
From the AA to O2 priority moment and even Sky, check what offers come as part of your membership. Even British Gas were offering 2-4-1 offers on days out.
Keep an eye on redemption dates and make sure you snap the offers up quickly, as they do have limits. It’s a great way to save money and if you’re paying for those perks, be sure to optimise them.
Cheeky tip – most places offer a family pass with a discount of two for one. If there’s more of you, ask a family member to also redeem their code or offer and go in as two separate parties, so you can both use the vouchers.
There are so many sites offering cheap deals for everything from meals out to day trips. Check out Groupon, Wowcher and HotUKDeals for a start.
Before you buy anything, be sure to type the name of the venue or store into Google with promo code or discount code and see what comes up.
UniDays also offer student discounts for a whole heap of retailers and attractions. Also check sites like Expedia for member pricing, LastMinute.com and VoucherCodes. All of these sites offer great deals. HotUKDeals even has a days out board packed with great tips.
If there’s a group of you, or you have a bunch of friends all with the same aged children, it’s well worth checking out if large attractions offer a group rate, as it can save you a considerable amount. The same applies to booking hotel rooms or caravan parks, larger bookings are often open to better rates. So always ask the question.
Make the most of it
Days out always cost a lot, but if you’re travelling for a couple of hours to get there and back, it can be more effective to check into a local hotel. A lot of the larger theme parks also offer a second day free with a one-day ticket, so you could make a weekend of it.
Check what deals the theme parks or attractions have on their website. Often they do cheaper rates than you’ll find going to the hotel direct. If you do want to book a hotel, check Trivago and other hotel booking sites, to see who offers the best rate for your stay. If you can, also check a day either side, to see if the rate changes.
Get deal hunting!