There’s no doubt that half-term can be an expensive time. With the kids at home and bouncing off the walls, the cost of entertaining them can quickly add up. From days out to treats, school holidays can often leave you counting the pennies! That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top ways you can save money in the next few weeks! We’ve included tips such as ‘job spotting’ and paid market research online, so read on to start topping up your piggy bank in time for half-term.
Be a job spotter
The job spotter app by Indeed is a great way to earn extra money. Whether you’re walking to work or strolling around town at the weekend, if you spot a ‘help wanted’ or Job advert in a business window simply take a snap with the app and get paid. Just a few uploads can quickly mount up and you can claim your money as an Amazon Gift card at any point.
Take part in an online survey
Take part in paid market research online while working around your busy schedule. Before the holidays start, sign up to receive invitations to studies via email. It only takes five minutes! This is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash, plus, you can work from your own home. Online surveys are quick to complete and can be flexible to fit around your life.
Have a sort out
Sorting out old clothes and toys can be a great way to clear space in your house and make some extra cash. You can use apps like Depop and Ebay to quickly and easily sell your unwanted clothes. Just upload a photo of the item straight onto the app, add a price and a description and you’re done! Even small amounts of money can quickly add up.
Plan out your week
If money is still tight then planning your half-term in advance can be a great way to stay within your budget and reduce unnecessary expenses. Create a meal plan so that just one trip to the supermarket is enough. Getting everything you need in one go will minimise spending money on items you may not need later on in the week. Take a look at the Savvy Shoppers blog who only shops at budget supermarkets to create delicious menus for all the family.
Plan a week’s worth of activities in advance; organise play-dates, arrange days out, and book activities to make sure nobody gets bored! Also, look out for early-bird ticket prices to get the best value for money. Check out LittleBird, who offer savings on family days out.
Check for discount vouchers
Many places offer special discounts and offers during the school holidays, so make sure you have a look online to check you’re getting the best deal. On Groupon, you can find local, discounted days out and experiences under their ‘Things to do’ section. Money Saving Expert also has a list of cheap days out including offers for the theatre, cinema and theme parks across the UK.
Find free activities near you
At the end of the day, Kids don’t need a lot of money spent on them to have a super half-term. Quite often all they will remember is the fun that you had together, whether that’s making a cake at home or collecting conkers on a autumnal walk. Make the most of free activities and days out to save money this half-term. Your local library is a great source of activities and inspiration for all ages. You can also find a list of free museums and art galleries near you on Money Saving Expert.