It’s that time of year again! We’re all looking forward to our summer holidays and spending time with our families, making memories and of course enjoying a well earned break from all the hard work we’ve put in all year long. And while summer holidays are always something to look forward to, they’re not always kind to our bank balances…when you’re planning a family holiday having enough money to enjoy and spend while you’re out there is a major factor.
But don’t worry. As daunting as it might seem, you don’t need to cash in all your investments just yet in order to finance your holidays (click the link to find out more about investments and investment pieces), which is why I’ve put together a handy collection of tips and advice of how you can save a little extra money to take on holiday with you.
Slash your bills within minutes
Do you even know what energy tariff you’re on? Most people don’t! Which is why I’d encourage anyone who is trying to save money, to compare energy providers and potentially switch who they’re getting their energy and water supplies from. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save simply by changing your provider! So, go and switch and tell a friend!
Cancel that gym membership
You might use your gym membership, or you might not even remember the last time you step foot on a treadmill. Whatever your situation, cancelling your gym membership will certainly give your savings a boost. If you still enjoy exercise and working out then don’t worry – there are plenty of work out guides and videos to follow on places like YouTube. Or you could head outdoors for a long run through the park.
Food shop later at night
Most of us head to the shops as early as possible in order to get it over and done with. However, if you wait until early evening you might find it work to your advantage. Many supermarkets begin to mark down the prices of certain goods as their sell-by-date is looming. So, head to the supermarket later and pick up a bargain and speaking of shopping…
Shop with a list
When you do your weekly food shop – always go with a list. Plan your meals and stick rigidly to the list. Once you start throwing in random items you’ll be shocked at how much your shopping comes to at the till. Also, never shop when you’re hungry!
Before you head to the high street to buy the family a whole new summer wardrobe, check all your cupboards, drawers and wardrobes at home and see what they already have. Sunglasses, flip flops, sarongs, beach towels, bikini cover ups and even hand me downs for the younger children to wear, you’ll be amazed at what you can find hidden at the back of your wardrobe. Do this before you go shopping, and you’ll save a bundle!
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