Family Holiday Saving tips

Holidays are so expensive for families, so here are 5 handy holiday money saving tips

Changing your Money

If you’re exchanging a few hundred pounds then I wouldn’t waste your time penny pinching, just head to the local post office or travel agent and get your currency. On the other hand if you’re want to change a lot of money, then I’d recommend visiting a few places to compare prices.

Of course you could check the internet for exchange rates to compare rates, but you could always check  this with a few travel agents and your local post office to get the best rate for your money.

Getting around

Rather than renting a car, why not use the local public transport system. It’ll be cheaper, and it’s much more environmentally friendly and I always think its safer to get a local to drive anyway. So why don’t you get to know your holiday location by jumping on a bus or tram and find out where all the attractions are.

Another good form of transport to find your where around is your legs! Just be careful where your walking and don’t wander around alone at night. It’s free and much healthier for you than sat in a car or a bus.

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Mobile telephone

My advice to save money is, leave the mobile phone at home. If you need to speak with a family member or a friend then use a local telephone box, which is much cheaper. We’ve all heard the scary stories of  huge mobile for a few calls made when abroad, so avoid any scares.

Sun tan oils etc.

Sun cream, deodorant from my own experience has been much cheaper to buy abroad than in the UK. Once you’ve checked into your holiday accommodation, head to a supermarket where the locals shop and you’ll find it’s much cheaper and if your travelling light your deodorant, creams etc won’t be seized.

Additional costs for your holiday

Don’t assume that it’s cheaper to get to your holiday accommodation by the tour operator – compare it with local taxis, and in resort airport transfer companies.

Bear in mind that on a tour operator coach you’ll have to visit all of the hotels in the resort, so it might be quicker and less hassle to find your own way there. With regard to in-flight meals, if it’s only a few hours flight, take your own sandwiches or buy them at the Airport

Top ways to save on your summer holidays

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money saving holidays

 

A few weeks ago Teletext holidays asked more than 1,000 parents throughout the UK for their best advice on how to save money on a peak season getaway. As a result the firm has combined the results with some of its own insider knowledge from its own travel experts to create a list of the top 30 money saving tips for family holidays. 

1. Hunt for vouchers: If holidaying in the UK, the internet can be a great place to search for money off and “two for one” vouchers to family restaurants. 

2. Free child places: Every year holiday firms offer thousands of free kids places and they’re even available on some long-haul trips to Florida and The Caribbean. You may have to book early, normally January or February to secure these. 

3. Kids eat free: For holidays in Florida or anywhere else in the US look at mykidseatfree.com which allows you to search for restaurants with special offers for little ones. 

4. All-inclusive: Families who don’t opt to go all-inclusive spend on average around £420 on holiday buying groceries, eating out, drinks, ice-creams and attractions. More hotels offer all-inclusive options now which means all food, drink and many activities are covered in the cost – so you don’t even need to take a purse out with you in the evening. 

5. Peak season savings: Some holiday companies do offer peak season savings on family holidays. Look out for their advertised exclusives and family savers. For example Disneyland Paris is offering up to 40% off plus up to two children under the age of 7 “stay and play” for free, if you book before the end of June. (terms and conditions apply) 

6. Eat where the locals eat: Not only will it be better value, you also get a chance to introduce the kids to the real local culture. Ask reception staff at the hotel or holiday reps for advice.

Cheap children’s activites for a rainy day

rainy-dayWith the weather changing I thought I would write a quick post with some of my favourite rainy day activities that don’t need to cost the earth.  I have linked to some websites for you so you can get lots more ideas but the 3 below are my favourites.

Homemade play dough

This is really easy to make and the making is part of the fun.  Try and split the dough into a few pieces if you have more than one child and they can each make their own colours.  It keeps well in a sealed container in the fridge, you may need to knead it and add a little more flour when you take it out.

Your will need:

  • 3/4 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 3/4 to I cup of boiling water from the kettle.

Mix the dry ingredients together and add the water.  Start with 3/4 of a cup of water and add more as required.  Add a few drops of your favourite colour to the water or you can knead it in later if you want a few different colours.

paper snowflakePaper cutting

There are lots of sites with templates for you to use.  I would suggest starting with little people or snowflakes and see how it goes!  Paper aeroplanes are also ever popular. 

http://www.scissorcraft.com

http://www.papersnowflakes.com

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/origami_for_kids.htm

http://www.paperairplanes.co.uk – Lots of instructions and videos for the little ones to watch. 

 

fimbles sportsSports Day

This is my daughters favourite rainy day activity.  We set up an obstacle course in the house, they make a slide off the spare bed and generally get rid of excess energy. 

Before you start you can do some arts and crafts and can print out a great set of badges and medals from cbeebies and their fimbles site here.  You can colour them in and decorate the winners trophy.

Some of our favourite games are:

  • An obstacle course with a blanket to crawl under, chairs to climb over and stairs to bump down on bottoms.  You can tailor this to the age of your children and their abilities.
  • Skittles with empty plastic bottles and beanbags.
  • Beanbag throwing into baskets and pots.
  • Musical pots and pans (if you can stand the noise!)