Summer money saving tips
Published Mon, Jun 11, 2012 Updated Tue, Feb 16, 2021
Summer is the best season there is in terms of getting out in the fresh air and really discovering what this country has to offer. Because of the amount of activities offered under the glow of the warm weather and extra time off for you and your kids, summer can also be the most expensive time of the year (bar perhaps Christmas).
For those of us who have pre-existing money worries, another few weeks of expense on top can seem like a daunting prospect. Whether it be credit cards, store cards, mortgages or even personal loans, the monthly outgoings just might not stretch to extra activities.
This does not have to be the case, as there are many activities you can enjoy in the summer months that are either very cheap or free. Living in a more frugal manner is the best strategy on how to get out of debt, but this does not mean that debt has to ruin your life. If you are in a situation where you think you’re debt has spiralled out of control then you can always consider a debt management plan.
British seaside trips
Taking a day out to the seaside is a classic British summer day out, if you are worried about the fuel costs, why not look into public transport, or set up a carpool with families within your neighbourhood or within your own family?
Pick your own
A really good trip for children is to go fruit picking. There are still many strawberry and raspberry farms across the country that allow for you to pick your own. This is a great way to save money on fruit as the farms are usually cheaper than the supermarkets and is a really exciting prospect for young children.
Free activities and attractions
There are loads of activities and attractions where children are allowed free admission, search these out and make a day of it. An online search often results in even further discounts. On days out to attractions and parks, its best to take your own food, picnic style, instead of going to expensive cafes and restaurants.
Host a BBQ
One of the best money saving ideas for summer though is to simply hold an event at your house. Perhaps a barbeque, there are loads of cheap disposable options when it comes to barbeques so you won’t have to worry about splashing out on a new grill. If you send out the invite with a ‘bring your own bottle’ policy, you can make the whole thing even cheaper yet have a really memorable day for the whole family.