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Save a pretty penny and spend time with the kids

Redditch Editorial 9th Nov, 2017

PARENTS in Redditch trying to budget in the run up to the festive season are invited to try some simple money-saving tips.

Money saving website, Voucherbox has selected five ways to trim the fat off of wasteful habits and help people enjoy saving cash.

1.Plan ahead

Whether trying to keep the kids entertained at the weekend or trying to burn off their energy during the school holidays, a family day out is a great way to do this. Before you head out and about make sure you do your research. Booking entrance tickets to a museum or even a play centre online rather than on the door can save you as much as 20 per cent.

2. Food glorious food

If you feel like you’re constantly refilling the fridge – the reality is, you probably are. To avoid overspending, visit the big supermarkets with a list created using a meal planner. This pre-planned approach can also ensure you don’t end up throwing away food that has passed its use-by date.

3. Arts and crafts

With Christmas fast approaching, buying presents and cards can get expensive, so why not entertain the kids by getting them to make them ? Not only will it save some money but it also gives a personalised touch to someone’s big day and provides you with a fun way to spend some quality time with your children.

4. Shop around

Before you buy your weekly shop from the same retailer you have always gone to, why not shop around? There are a whole host of money saving sites that can help you compare product prices and the chances are you will find the same brand of nappies or box of biscuits for a cheaper rate elsewhere.

5. Fun indoors

If the kids are driving you mad, it can be tempting to head out to the cinema or bowling alley just to get out of the house. But this can break the bank and indeed the budget, so why not get creative at home and encourage them to bake and garden? These types of activities are low cost and it will help them burn off energy instead of staring at a tablet or TV screen.

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