10 top tips for a cheaper summer holiday

10 top tips for a cheaper summer holiday

10 top tips for a cheaper summer holiday

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KEEPING children entertained throughout the summer holidays can be an expensive business.

Here are 10 top tips to help ensure that the summer break doesn't break the bank.

1. Make sure you have other parents’ phone numbers before the children break up from school. A play date is the easiest way to entertain — and if the favour is returned, you might win yourself a quiet day.

2. Remember treasure hunts as a child? Geocaching is the updated version and is suitable for all ages. Download a free app such as c:geo onto your smart phone and away you go. It's like a treasure hunt using GPS, available on almost all modern smartphones.

3. Avoid the ice-cream van by making your own lollies with cheap moulds and squash/fruit juice. Freeze different colours in sessions to make stripes.

4. If you’re going anywhere for the day, take a picnic and you will avoid the expense of cafes when you are out. Refill water bottles with squash, add some crisps, sandwiches and fruit.

5. Get crafty with paper mache and card making. Find someone who knits, paints, does DIY and can share their expertise.

6. Get baking - it doesn’t have to be expensive. Buns, flapjacks and biscuits are all fairly easy and will brighten up a dull afternoon. If you don’t want to put the oven on, try putting “fridge cake” into Google.

7. Visit someone — a relative, friend or neighbour who would like some company. It will make their day and give you all a change of scene.

8. Avoid shopping as a past-time. It is not a good habit and could spell trouble for your children in the future.

9. Become a nature detective. There are lots of free printables, ideas and venues to discover from the Woodland Trust, via nature detectives.org.uk/summer

10. Don’t beat yourself up about not being able to provide a plush holiday for your family. The most valuable thing you can do is to spend time with them, even if it is washing the car together and getting soaked.

Advice is courtesy of Christians Against Poverty.

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10:12am Wed 16 Jul 14

marco999 says...

Picnics and treasure hunts? Great if we lived in the idealistic 1950’s with the stay at home mum. However, the reality for those of us who don’t have children, and especially people like me who live close to a park, is that many kids will be left to their own devices without order or supervision from their parents. Little Jayden and Chardonnay will be given five pounds each to spend on toffees, pizza and fizzy pop and once full to the brim with additives and E numbers will run around screaming all day. Their diet of sugar and saturated fat propelling them along like Kangaroos on crack. Of course they’ll show little or no concern for the poor saps they annoy all day and will throw their empty bottles, cans and cartons on gardens, in the street or wherever they please with little fear of retribution. It’s not all bad though because some kids will spend the duration of the holidays holed up at home in a darkened bedroom hunched over a games console for 18 hours a day to emerge in September grey in complexion and squinting like moles in the bright light of day. Happy holidays everyone!
Picnics and treasure hunts? Great if we lived in the idealistic 1950’s with the stay at home mum. However, the reality for those of us who don’t have children, and especially people like me who live close to a park, is that many kids will be left to their own devices without order or supervision from their parents. Little Jayden and Chardonnay will be given five pounds each to spend on toffees, pizza and fizzy pop and once full to the brim with additives and E numbers will run around screaming all day. Their diet of sugar and saturated fat propelling them along like Kangaroos on crack. Of course they’ll show little or no concern for the poor saps they annoy all day and will throw their empty bottles, cans and cartons on gardens, in the street or wherever they please with little fear of retribution. It’s not all bad though because some kids will spend the duration of the holidays holed up at home in a darkened bedroom hunched over a games console for 18 hours a day to emerge in September grey in complexion and squinting like moles in the bright light of day. Happy holidays everyone! marco999
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