Everyone in the family deserves a treat from time to time, but it can seem like the best activities out there can eat massively in to your budget. When the average trip to the cinema for a family of four now costs over £30 a pop and sneaking your own treats in doesn’t do the job, how can everyone have a special day out while staying within the monthly budget.
Well here are some simple ways to make it happen for the whole family.
Mum & Dad
When is the last time your mum and dad to date night? Or when’s the last night they went to the cinema just by themselves without having to babysit kids? If you’re lucky enough to have a Cineworld card, you can get two tickets for the price of one on most films (just as long as you give your card to your dad as proof of purchase) and let me use it to get 25% off in restaurants like Chiquito and Frankie& Benny’s.
Even if they don’t like the film, they’ll still appreciate the night out of the house and leaving you to do the dishes.
Mums need a break and there’s no better way than saying “guff it” to the ironing and washing than grabbing the car keys and heading straight to a country spa on your dime. While spas are a bit of a luxury they are surprisingly much cheaper than they used to be. And one way to save money treating your mum is to find a good deal online for spa day vouchers and find a local spa that’s easy to get to. Buying a deal online means you can just print out all the details for her, give her the paper and all she has to worry about is what type of massage to get.
Is dad a bit of a golfer? Well get some demo clubs. This is something I had no clue about until I found myself in a golf shop one day with a friend who managed to get some clubs from the back of shop for cheap all because he asked for the demo pairs. These are just the clubs that shops let people use before they buy their own. It’s a bit like when you used to be able to buy old VHS tapes from a rental shop that were still as good as new.
And if your dad isn’t a big sports guy, and now spends more time on Facebook than you, find a cheap streaming stick for the TV that he can stream YouTube and iPlayer on.
Was your family swept up in playing Pokémon Go over the summer? If it helped get the kids outdoors for once without dragging them to the park, there is another way to using technology to get them outside. A cheap drone is a great way to do this and you’d be surprised just how cheap they are now. The most reliable I’ve seen at a really cheap price is the Syma X5C which you can find on Amazon and Argos for under £70. It has a HD camera on it, so it can help kids learn how to use video software better than you ever could on the computer too.
I’d be remiss not to include the pooch too. If your dog ruins balls and toy quite easily and you want a cheap replacement that won’t break, get the Kong chew toy. You can get them for under £4 online and it’s a big chew toy with no small parts that you can hide treats inside of. It’s much better than coming home to find the pup has chewed your cushions to bits.