10 ways to save this EasterMake your money stretch further over the holidays
20 April 2011
The fast approaching Easter holidays needn't cost a fortune. From food shopping and flowers to days out with the kids, Which? Money gives you a list of great ways to save this Easter.
1. Chocolate eggs
There are plenty of Easter egg deals around to feed those chocolate urges this year. Sainsbury's is currently offering 3-for-2 deals on medium-sized Cadbury's Creme Egg, Flake, Kitkat, and Caramel Easter eggs, while you can get your hands on three small Nestle eggs for £3 at Tesco. Large eggs at Asda, such as Dairy Milk and Galaxy - normally £5 if bought alone - are available at £10 for three.
2. Credit cards
If you’re heading abroad this Easter, you can save money on purchases with a Best Rate credit card for overseas use. Some cards don’t charge extra fees on purchases - Saga and Post Office, for example, are both Which? Recommended Providers for credit cards and offer cards that won’t charge you extra for overseas purchases. The Saga card, available to over-50s, also comes with a 9-month 0% deal on purchases. For the latest deals on credit cards to use on holiday, read the Which? best credit cards for overseas use review.
3. Food shopping
And its not just choccie eggs which are on offer this Easter. Asda has got numerous two for £5 deals on bank holiday barbecue food, while you can use mysupermarket.co.uk to compare the price of a basket of goods in local supermarkets, showing you what you could save by shopping around. Its price and health checkers also suggest money and healthy-eating tips.
Tesco is promising Clubcard holders big savings with the re-launch of its Clubcard Voucher Exchange Scheme in time for Easter and the bank holidays. The scheme, running until 5 May, is a repeat of the Christmas Clubcard Exchange and lets customers double the value of their £5, £10 and £20 Clubcard vouchers. Tesco says customers can save on hundreds of products such as clothes, toys, furniture and beauty products.
5. Flower power
Flowers make a lovely Easter gift and in a recent snapshot study, experts from Which? Gardening rated flowers from six leading online florists on criteria including quality, condition, longevity and similarity to photos on the website. John Lewis’ Super Pink Patchwork and Serenata Flower’s Pink Purity bouquets achieved the highest scores in our assessment - £30 well spent compared to the disappointing Interflora bunch.
6. Easter egg hunts
This Easter weekend sees the return of the Cadbury Easter Egg Trails, which is supporting the National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland for the fourth year running. They'll be traditional fun and games for all the family, while every child that completes the trail receiving a prize. Find out more at eastereggtrails.com.
If you're a keen tennis player, you can find your nearest free court by searching online at tennisforfree.com. With peak-time tennis court hire costing £10 on average, playing for free could save you a tidy amount over the Easter break. For more details, read our Ways to save on getting fit advice guide.
8. Save on petrol
Supermarkets are offering great fuel discounts this Easter to help you visit the relatives for less. Sainsbury's is currently giving a fuel discount of 5p per litre to people who spend more than £50 in its stores, while the Co-op promises 5p off to customers who spend at least £30 on their shopping. Morrisons top the lot, slashing the cost of fuel at its supermarket forecourts by 6p a litre, but only for shoppers who spend more than £40 on their shopping.
9. Days out
You can grab all sorts of 2-for-1 tickets to London attractions through National Rail's Days Out Guide scheme - The London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Zoo and The Sea Life Aquarium are just some of the attractions included. The catch is you that need that day's train tickets, yet savings can be big even if you're not going by train – you can get cheap singles for around £2 and still qualify. Visit daysoutguide.co.uk for much more information.
10. Save on DIY
If you're planning on doing a spot of DIY this bank holiday weekend, there are plenty of ways to keep the costs down. DIY giant B&Q runs a money-saving members club for over-60s which gives a 10% discount on all goods every Wednesday - go to diy.com for more. You can also see if you can track down free gear on freecycle.org before shelling out for expensive equipment. But if you decide against DIY, be sure to visit Which? Local to find tradespeople recommended by fellow Which? members.
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