Published on August 10th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Top Summer Budget Busting Tips
The summer holidays can be an expensive time for trying to keep children active and out of the house. According to a recent report from the Post Office, parents are on track to spend £594 trying to keep their kids busy over the next month – leading to a monumental spend of £7.8 billion across the entirety of the UK! At the top of these expected expenses are lunch and evening meals out, closely followed by entrance fees to the leading theme parks in the UK. So, we’ve prepared three summer budget busting tips that will both save you money and help put a smile on any young face this summer!
Tip 1: Camping at Home
There’s nothing quite like embracing the great outdoors and going off the grid for a day or two, but did you know you can recreate this same exciting experience from the comfort of your home? If you need to save on fuel costs and camping site fees, then why not pitch up your tent at home and bring the camping experience to the back garden! You could even fire up the BBQ to prepare some authentic home-cooked food into the mix to feed the family with! Be sure to lay a few light ground rules too such as not eating or drinking inside the tent and limiting access to electronics to start off with – nobody likes a tent riddled with creepy critters or someone not joining in with the fun of the outdoors!
If you need some home camping supplies, then the Post Office Shop has got you covered. For making sure any drinks taken outside don’t get spilt, the Muggi Mug Holder is the ideal solution for any home camping spot! For the adults who want to enjoy their coffee or tea on the go, then why not bring the Addis Chrome 2 Litre Pump Pot into the equation. It’s ideal for retaining the temperature of both cold and hot drinks for up to eight hours, making it perfect for mornings, afternoons and even evenings spent outside!
Tip 2: Recycle and Save on Theme Park Entry
For the more daring and adventurous of kids, a theme park or funfair can certainly help satisfy their desire for an adrenaline rush. But whilst theme park entry and ride fees can prove expensive, a brand new scheme in our next summer budget busting tip might be just the solution to helping cut back on the costs! As of last month, theme park operator Merlin and drinks giant Coca-Cola have teamed up to create ‘reverse vending machines’. So what do these vending machines do? Well, the new scheme means that just by bringing any 500ml plastic bottles to the entrances of several theme park operators, you can receive half-price discount vouchers for entry!
Currently, the ‘reverse vending machines’ are in place at Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures and will be active until mid-October according to both Coca-Cola and Merlin. So if the young ones are craving to do the loop-de-loop, ride the waves of the log flume or experience the thrills of any other attractions, then why not collect together any used plastic bottles and drop them into these vending machines to treat them to a half-price theme park experience with this summer budget busting tip this summer! If you need somewhere to collect all your plastic bottles together and store in one place ready for a trip to the theme park, then why not use a Storestack 5L storage box or a Storestack 10L storage box to keep at home?
Tip 3: Go on a Treasure Hunt (With A Twist)
A great summer budget busting tip for the inquisitive and adventurous of children is introducing them to Geocaching. What is Geocaching you ask? Well, it’s a countrywide treasure hunt experience – done digitally. The best part? All it requires is a phone, some walking shoes and a curiosity to go exploring! Using your phone’s GPS, you can instantly set off on hunts for all kinds of treasure referred to as ‘caches’. They could be located close by, in the next town or village or even as close as on your door step!
To start Geocaching, just download their app or look at their website for a list of caches you can set out to go and find. There’s a huge variety of items you need to uncover, with some being potentially as small as a matchbox or scaling up to larger boxes! It’ll take some good thinking skills and teamwork to find some of the hidden caches too – some have been cleverly disguised in the environment and put in some obscure places!