Thursday 27 June 2019

Planning ahead - our summer holiday wishlist

This summer, I will be on maternity leave still for the first two thirds, so to make the most of my time, I am already starting to plan ahead and think about what we would like to do, come rain or shine.

The school holidays can feel like such a long time, can't they? If the weather is good, you want to get out and about to make the most of it, but the costs can add up and even a simple trip to the cinema can cost you an arm and a leg.

During the Easter holidays last year, we packed a lot in and I researched lots of new places and cheaper days out so we could have fun but also not spend a fortune in the process. And last summer, I put together a list of simple ideas for things to do over the holidays - one being to keep a scrapbook of what we got up to, including tickets and leaflets from those places we did go to.

I'd like to revisit some of the places we've been before on days out, but with two boys to look after for four weeks, I would like to try new things - and the more cost effective, the better, especially being on SMP for a little while longer!

I'm going to be trying out the Little Bird Family Pass (#gifted) and I am excited to see what's included as it promises to save a lot of money on trips out and food too - in fact, up to £550 per family, per year!

Museums, farms, trampoline parks, theme parks... you name it, they've got it. Cinema trips can be cheaper and visiting restaurants is something you can do more of as there's a good range of offers to take advantage of. You can take a 30 day trial for just £1, so now would be a good time to check it out, what with the start of the summer holidays being just around the corner. Some discounts are limited time only and everything is pretty easy to search for - you can even change the search according the age of your child(ren) so you only see things most relevant to you.

A bit of planning, and shopping around, can make all the difference. I'm going to keep an eye out for the exclusive member savings in our area and build a list of places we would like to go, as the Midlands has lots to offer and we have plenty more to explore. Stay tuned for updates on how we get on!

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