How Families Can Save Money this Summer
Free Days Out
A day out doesn’t have to cost the earth. Going for a walk, cycle or hike is a great way to pass a few hours and choosing a route with a play area, beach, park or trails can add extra excitement to your adventure.
If you have older children, you could design a scavenger hunt with items they need to collect and bring home on their own.
Or create a ‘get to know your town/village better’ quiz or trail using local books and guides to help you create a fun route with participants having to take a photo at each spot to show they have been there. Even better if you have a mix of older and younger children, get the older ones to help design the route!
Most villages, towns and cities have plaques, poems and places you walk past each day but don’t really notice. Set a fun challenge to find out as much as possible about your local area this summer.
For indoor days out, bookstores like Eason or your local library may also run free weekly story time sessions and you can always go and enjoy checking out the books on offer in the children’s section where there is usually seating and some toys to play with too.
Museums are often free to visit too and many offer games, dress up items, classes, talks and family trails to keep all ages happy.
Set a Weekly Budget
To ensure you don’t overspend, set a weekly budget for the summer months. You could set the children a challenge of organising activities that stick to the budget. They will have to be creative and it is a great life lesson for them to learn about budgeting and how to research.
Low Cost Days Out
With a bit of planning a low cost day out with the family is very achievable. Turn it into an adventure by taking the bus, train or tram to your destination. Travel off-peak and book tickets in advance to get the best deals.
Look out for places with free or low cost entry. Many of the bigger estates and castles charge to have a tour, but the grounds may be free to visit and they often have fairy, nature or woodland trails along with play areas that the kids can enjoy.
The OPW also offer free entry to their properties on the first Wednesday of every month.
And if the kids enjoy going to the cinema, you can often get deals on early morning shows as these are less popular than afternoon and evening times.
Check Mykidstime and other sources for free family days and plan these into your schedule too.
Save on Summer Reads
Reading is the perfect way to pass some time for both adults and children. I like nothing better than spending a few hours enjoying my favourite author or reading new ones that have been recommended.
This summer, Eason have some great offers, including these online exclusives for adults and teens and these online exclusives for children and you can also save on summer reads, so grab them while you can and escape into different worlds for a couple of hours!
Setting the children a summer reading challenge is also a great way to get everyone enjoying new books and authors. From the youngest to the eldest, see who can get through the most books this summer!