Family fun on a budget

Come rain or shine, keeping the family amused can end up being expensive. But, with a bit of forward planning and some savvy money-saving it’s possible to dodge high prices and still have a good time. Get your sandals on in the summer, or wellies on in the winter, get outside and have some fun!

So here are some tips for making your money go further:

  1. Explore family group deals. Group buying sites can offer big discounts for one day only. You can get great deals on attractions, holidays or family days out. Check out sites like
  1. Be sport savvy. Kids can get restless, especially during the school holidays but enrolling them in sport activities can be expensive. Cut down on these costs through our Creating Active Communities project – a new initiative which gives people the chance to try new activities, enjoy the benefits of regular sports exercise, and to experience what’s available locally. Visit our website to find out more about Creating Active Communities.
  1. Find free stuff to do. There are lots of things out there that are completely free. Go walking, go to the beach or a lake, go to a park or hunt out free activities and events which are happening near you. During the winter you’ll find activities that are free around Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas. Keep an eye on local papers who advertise these events.
  1. Stick to a budget. While it can be difficult to do – it’s really important to decide on a budget and then stick to it. Calculate your budget by being realistic on what you can afford to spend.
  1. Search for barbeque bargains. Barbeques are a serious business with the average party setting hosts back £182! Cut down on these costs by signing up for food sales alerts from Each week a roundup of current promotions at the biggest supermarkets is sent to your inbox, meaning you can make savings while cooking up a great barbeque.

If it’s a really rainy, cold day, stay in and snuggle on the sofa with a good family film!

Talk to us straight away if you’re struggling with money. We want to advise and support you and help you get back on track as quickly as possible.