Best budget ideas for the school holidays
Spring has sprung, and that means the Easter Holidays are just around the corner. The kids have three weeks off, and often that means so do you.
Keeping your kids entertained during the school holidays isn’t cheap, and the spike in holidays and childcare prices doesn’t help much either. It has been reported by credit reference agency, Equifax, that 1 in 5 parents have admitted that they find half term holidays stressful.
But do not worry, it isn’t all doom and gloom. We have come up with some budget ideas to keep both your purse and the kids happy.
Get some fresh air
Outdoor activities can be great. A sure-fire way to make sure your kids aren’t sat glued to the TV or computer, and they’re completely free! Why not visit your local park or create your own obstacle course in the garden? It’s great fun and bound to tire them out for later.
Use your imagination – get crafty
We all know Britain is known for its fantastic rain showers. If you can’t get outside – make staying inside just as fun. Turn your living room into a cinema (popcorn and all), do some arts and crafts with materials found throughout your home or even built a fort with blankets and pillows.
Points = Prizes
Supermarkets all have a points scheme of some sort – club cards, more cards, nectar cards etc. Points build up and you often get rewarded with vouchers or discounts.
This can help you save money on your food shop, which can be a lifesaver when the kids are off school and constantly wanting to be fed.
It’s a date
It’s important to remember you aren’t alone. Your friends will all be in the same situation, so why not join forces. Take it in turns and host play-dates with all the kids – they get to hang out with their friends, you get to make memories and, when it’s not your turn, you can get some relaxation time.
Relax and recharge
It’s easy to feel like you don’t do enough with your kids, with everyone posting pictures of themselves here there and everywhere. Don’t feel that every day needs to be an adventure – school is tiring, and kids need some downtime as much as you do. Take some days to just veg out on the couch, put on their favourite film, they deserve it.
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