Have you started making plans for the summer yet? It’s just around the corner (and if the weather we had in Britain over the Easter weekend is anything to go by, we’re in for a good one!)
However, as with most things, when you’re trying to keep to a tight budget, affording to take part in summer fun can be a challenge. Plus, businesses know to raise their prices during the summer, especially when it comes to activities for children and families.
But you know how we think here at CAP – there’s always a way to save money! Plan ahead, seek out free and inexpensive things to do and take a look at these tips for making summer life more affordable.
Look for free family events
To keep the family entertained over the summer break, there are bound to be events near you that are suitable for all ages and free to enter. My church often runs free fairs and other events – why not check your local church’s notice board or website for ideas? There are also lots of museums with free entry around the UK. Click here for a few suggestions.
Temporarily cancel your subscriptions
As you may be out of the house more over summer enjoying the weather, or even going away on holiday, an easy way to save cash is by cancelling subscriptions you won’t need as much. For example, you could take a break from Netflix, or cancel your gym membership and go out for a run instead. Often we forget about these things and they can drain our money in the background. If you’re not using it, save the money and sign up again later in the year if you need to. It may also be the push you need to explore new hobbies.
Summer is an ideal time to save energy – from turning down your thermostat and switching off the lights when you don’t need them, to using a washing line instead of the tumble dryer, to even ditching the car and walking or cycling instead. It’s good for your budget and for the environment too. Click here for more ways to save energy at home.
Research before travelling abroad
If you decide to head overseas for your summer break, be sure to do your research beforehand. Check restaurant prices in the area you’re visiting and consider booking activities in advance. This can help you get the best deals and avoid being hit with unexpected costs. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of travel insurance – it may seem like an extra expense, but in the long term it could save you a whole lot of money.
Holiday at home
Opting for a staycation in the UK this summer is an easy way to save the money you’d ordinarily spend on flights, luggage charges, travel agents and exchange rates. How far do you really need to go to find beautiful and interesting places? Give camping a go if you haven’t tried it before – you might find a new hobby! Remember, it’s not about where you go, but the people you’re with and the memories you’ll make.
Enjoy festivals for free by volunteer
If your family’s keen to go to a festival this year, you may be able to bag yourself free entry in exchange for a few hours of your day spent volunteering. Free or discounted food may even be included. This summer, CAP is on the lookout for volunteers to lend a hand in their cafes at the Big Church Day Out (25 to 26 May) and United 19 (27 July to 10 August). Find out more and apply here.