Having two teenagers, a 5 and 2 year old we have been on many many holidays and in that time I think I’ve got pretty good at how we spend our money. I don’t claim to be an expert but having been there and done it and seen what works and what doesn’t, I think I have a few good tips that may help 🙂 I know it sounds impossible that you could actually save money on holiday with children. I suppose it’s not really saving money, it’s more not spending a ridiculous amount while away which I know is very easy to do, especially with kids!
So here goes….
- Try to add a meal plan to your holiday. It may seem a lot to spend when you’re booking but it’s a lot cheaper in the end. We fill up at breakfast, snack in the day and fill up in the evening. We’ve been away before and just ate out every day and it was so expensive. We even made our own breakfast one holiday to try and save money but it was still expensive.
- Alternatively if you like to make your own meals (which we like to do too) then just spend your normal grocery allowance on food, don’t go overboard. Aldi is good for this.
- Give your children their own money daily. Kids find it exciting that they can buy their own things and it teaches them at the same time. And it stops a lot of tantrums in shops (most of the time) because it can get expensive when you go on days out.
- If you have a small child that is not at an age where they want something from the gift shop or the tacky flashy things at night, then don’t buy them anything. I see so often people buying babies expensive stuff and the kid could not care less. If you want them to have something for a memory box etc then buy something cheap or save the tickets/receipts from the places you’ve been.
- Before your holiday go to the supermarket and buy snacks like raisins, chocolate, crisps, fruit etc and a pack of waters/fruit shoots. And then every day pack up some snacks and drinks and enjoy the day. It saves you from buying overly priced food and drink whilst out.
- When you go into the arcades, change up what you’re willing to spend, distribute it between you and then put your purse away, money can easily be wasted in one of them.
- Drinks in the evenings can be really expensive, to cut costs a little I buy the children a character cup the first night and then they can be refilled with squash for about 50p/£1 and because they’re always quite big, the kids only need 1 or 2 a night. A lot cheaper than fruit shoots, which seem to last seconds.
- Also if Tom and I want alcohol, we buy a pitcher to share, it works out a lot cheaper.
- Look for free/cheap days out whilst on holiday. We have regular free/cheap days out at home because they are so fun so why not on holiday? We do have still have expensive days out, just not all the time. It’s best if you research the areas before you go away.
- Alternatively look for some sites that can help. Consumer credit index is a good place to start
So there you have it! Do you have anymore to add? I’d love to hear some tips that you may have picked up on your travels.