I don’t know about you but the summer holidays make my bank account hurt. Like, really hurt! Having four children at home needing entertainment is not only tough physically (and sometimes emotionally) but it’s excruciating financially too. It can be hard to find the balance between wanting to keep the kids happy, make memories for them, help them make the most of their precious holiday from school- and needing to stay afloat rather than descend into bankruptcy in six short weeks. So how to make the most of the pennies this summer? Here are five ways to stretch your budget in the summer holidays. I hope they help!
I work from home, so missing days costs money, and finding childcare costs even more in some cases. So I tend to work around the kids as much as I can, which usually involves lots of early starts and late nights. But that’s nothing out of the ordinary for me so I’m used to it. However, it is out of the ordinary for friends who don’t work from home and who are now struggling to afford childcare for the next six weeks. So we’ve set up a kind of buddy system to help us all out.
I take their kids one day, they take mine the next. So this means I have literally two days in which to cram ALL of my work, but believe me it can be done! Needs must and all that. The added bonus is that the kids get to play with their friends, and that makes them happy too. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you know another parent is in a similar situation to you. We also have a Facebook group for mums at our school where we pop on and ask if anyone is free on certain days etc, so that can be another way to hook up, make new friends and solve a pricey problem.
Spend some time hunting out the bargains
There are always going to be rainy days in the summer holidays- it’s just a fact of life when you live in the UK. So while a top tip might be to choose days out that don’t cost anything, such as the park or the beach (if you’re lucky enough to live by the sea) some days this just isn’t going to cut it. So you need to get clever about bargain hunting, and when you have kids its just easier to do that online. Believe me, taking kids to the toy shop and telling them they can only choose from the ‘sale’ section rarely works! That’s one reason why I love sites such as BargainBuysForBusyMums.co.uk. All the bargains in one place, so you don’t need to spend ages searching….