5 tips for saving money during the school holidaysHalf-term break needn't break the bank

18 February 2014

Young girl enjoys her burger at a restaurant

Spending some quality time with your children over the school holidays doesn't have to mean breaking the bank.

Even if it is more costly to fly abroad or visit certain attractions during half-term, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy an action-packed break on a budget.

Here are five tips to help you save money on activities with your kids during the school holidays. 

Plan ahead 

It’s much easier to plan some cheap yet entertaining activities for kids if you take the time to create an itinerary.

Set yourself a budget and get your kids to help you jot down some fun ideas for the week. 

You could find it much easier to control your spending by doing this and the children will have things to look forward to as well.

Look for cheap train tickets

Planning trips in advance will make it far easier to book cheap public transport.

Taking the train to your destination can be less stressful than sitting in traffic with agitated children, and it could be just as cheap as driving if you book advance tickets online.  

Our guide to cheap train tickets shows you how to find the best deals.

Get discounts at your favourite restaurants

A lot of chain restaurants that are popular with children offer impressive discounts during the school holidays. 

Sign up to receive email newsletters from your favourite chains or follow them on social media to ensure you don't miss out on the best deals. 

Our list of 10 ways to save on eating out can also help you slice a chunk off your restaurant bill. 

Daily deals websites

It's not just restaurants that advertise sizeable discounts online. 

You can get discounts on a huge range of children's activities delivered straight to your inbox if you sign up to receive emails from daily deals websites such as Groupon, KGB Deals or Wowcher.

Check out our daily deals website guide to learn how to make the most of them.

Switch your energy provider 

Many households use a lot more gas and electricity if their kids are at home during school hours, especially in the winter.  

With this in mind, there might not be a better time to check whether you can save money by switching your utility provider.

Those who used Which? Switch to change their energy provider last winter saved an average of £234 a year on their bills. Why not check if you could do the same?

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