8 Ways To Save Money For Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are coming up and that means entertaining the kids for 6 whole weeks without breaking the bank. It is difficult if you are a single parent like me and you only have one income coming in. But we all want to do the best for our families and I am here to help you do that today with 10 ways to save money and make summer affordable. Looking online is always a great way to start looking for money-saving ideas and we use www.mrspinch.com

Pay a little extra money off on your bills all summer long so that you can have some money spare for the summer holidays. We usually try and put an extra £5 a week on the electric meter so that we are really in a positive amount to cover the holidays and then I can use the money that I would usually spend on the weekly bills on things for my daughter, like days out or a trip to the cinema. This does only work if you can afford to put some money away in the weeks or months coming up to the summer holidays. Sometimes it is the little things that make a difference and creating memories is so important. Also cut down on the electric usage in the house for a few weeks before the summer holiday, instead of games consoles and computers being on all evening after school, then send them outside to run around and burn off some energy.
Put a couple of quid away weekly for a few months in the run-up to the summer holidays. This is really difficult to do if you keep dipping into the savings but I usually give the money to my daughter who has a bank account with Natwest and she looks after it for me but al you need to do is give NatWest Bank customer services a call and ask them how they can help you to save. if it is in the bank and you only have a basic bank card (not a debit card) then you are more likely to manage your savings.

Get a money jar and pop the loose change in at the end of the day, this will soon add up over a matter of weeks or months depending on how much you put away. You can do the jar savings by starting on day 1, with a penny, day 2 with 2p, day 3 with 3p and so on. So after a week, you will have saved up 28p but after 4 weeks you will have saved up £4.06 after 8 weeks you will have £18.30. This is a fun way of saving and it's amazing how much you can save up.

Look for some BOGOF vouchers for things to do in the summer holidays, you usually find them for theme parks on cereal packets or sometimes juice bottles. Look for £1 mornings at the cinema and you get the cinema experience with the kids, even though the film might be slightly older, its still affordable for parents on a budget.

Sign up for every single store reward card that you can. The bonuses might take a while to add up but with a bit of savvy shopping you can get those points added really fast. Look for products that offer bonus points and once your points have built up you can either use them for shopping (meaning you have money for days out and treats) or you can use them to buy things like theme park tickets or railcards.

Have a fun fair or carnival in the garden, give the kids pennies to spend and they can have a load of fun at their own carnival. make some bean bags with some dried peas and some old fabric and throw them into hoops in the garden. Use old jars and make a hoopla stand and get some old bracelets or something similar to throw over the jars or use small ping pong balls to throw into the open jars. 'Sell' Ice cream from a tub (will cost about £1 from a supermarket) and cut up some fresh fruit. You could think of so many stalls to have. Free activities like this mean you don't end up paying out for a day out somewhere.

Have a camp out in the garden. It might not be a real holiday but it is still an adventure. If you have room, then have a small controlled fire and cook some marshmallows on sticks. It's free and it creates memories.

Let the kids have a vegetable garden, they can either plant from seeds or they can grow plants that are really well established that you pick up form garden centres and car boot sales. Kids love to see things grow, it helps them to learn about plants and it encourages them to be patient. When one of my older daughters was little, she grew runner beans and every night I would shine some coins up (in vinegar) and pop them on the bottom of the beanstalk so she thought it came from a giant. When the vegetables have grown, you can eat them. for the little ones, get them growing easy things like cress or beansprouts.

Have you got any tips on saving money for the summer holidays?