After the extravagance of the festive season, one resolution many families are making for 2015 is to be more frugal with their finances. Thankfully, this needn’t be at the expense of spending quality time together. The benefit of living in our tech-driven era — a little virtual bargain-hunting can divulge a multitude of opportunities to save money on family days out!
Plan in advance
If you want to get the most for your money on a day trip with the kids, plan your itinerary at least a couple of weeks in advance. You’ll give yourself time to wangle advance fares on public transport for a snip, subscribe to daily deal sites for vast discounts and trawl the internet for voucher codes. Remember: the larger the time frame, the more opportunities you’ll have to save money on the day. Plus, you’ll have all the enjoyment of looking forward to the big family day out together.
Combine deals for epic savings
Businesses that have a compatible target demographic often work together to offer mutual customers value for money. For instance, with National Rail you can catch two-for-one deals on big name attractions like the London Eye, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. The same goes for cinemas and theatres, many of which run discount packages in collaboration with restaurants in their locale. Some supermarket loyalty schemes offer savings of up to 75% off major attractions, so look out for those vouchers in the post.
Some family attractions reward customers with a discount simply for choosing to book direct via their websites. For instance, Chester Zoo offers 10% discount to online bookers. Even if you can’t find any mention of a deal on the attraction’s site, have a quick search for voucher codes online before you check out those tickets – you might strike it lucky! Take the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with Smart Save for example which offers 20% off the cost of tickets.
Don’t knock a freebie
‘Free’ does not necessarily equate to ‘valueless’, and many top educational attractions like the V&A Museum of Childhood, the Tate Modern and Maritime Museum won’t cost your family a penny in entry fees. There are also plenty of kids-go-free deals across the country, from train travel for 5 – 15 year olds north of the border with ScotRail to free theatre tickets in London during kids’ week. Some family-friendly restaurants also have kids eat free days, which leaves more in the kitty for the next big adventure!
Well into the New Year as we are and even though you’re tightening the purse strings, there’s definitely no need to pull the plug on fun. In fact, follow these tips and you might just have even more than the year before.
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