Having a family can be a costly endeavour, all those groceries, all the toys for the kids, all the toilet paper and toothpaste, the list goes on and on. Of course, you are probably willing to spend anything to keep your loved ones happy, no one is making you do this, but don’t you wish you didn’t have to sometimes? So you could still have nice days out without having to spend a week’s worth of wages? There are several ways you can go about still making the time with the family an exciting one and not going destitute.
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Feeding the family
On a weekend day out you probably end up going to eat somewhere, be it in a restaurant or some fast food chain, someone is going to be hungry at some point. Afterwards, the kids are probably going to want some dessert (unsurprisingly). Now while substituting some fancy ice cream might not be the easiest thing, taking packed lunches instead of going to get dinner for a ridiculous amount might save you a pretty penny. Packed lunches also have that picnic appeal which everyone loves, making it a win-win scenario and it doesn’t take a master chef to make sandwiches.
If you have a family, you probably also own a car, and since that car is presumably the family car, it is probably rather sizeable. Large family cars tend to have less-than-amazing gas mileage, often leaving you speechless at the pump, wishing you walked instead. Then come the parking fees when you already get there, and having to worry about getting back to the car in time. It’s a mess. Sometimes instead of taking the car out, consider taking a cab which is probably going to be cheaper than the gas + parking, or maybe just a free uber ride. Why not?
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Setting up things to do for the kids doesn’t always have to be incredibly costly, there tend to be more deals for various kid activities than you might think. Often even found on cereal boxes, or in brochures, you can find free tickets for kids to theme parks, cinemas amongst many other activities. Keep an eye out for those next time you go grocery shopping. On the other hand, many attractions often just turn out to be free entirely. Museums and galleries might not always be your son’s cup of tea, but places like the National History Museum in London are entirely free from start to finish and have exhibits on topics such as dinosaurs which are bound to interest any young minds. If you’re feeling generous you can always treat your kids to something in the gift shop but other than the price of travelling there, museums often tend to be a great idea for a low budget day out. If your kids really want to go to a Legoland or Disneyland type scenario which usually end up being somewhere far out and not exactly 10 minutes by car, consider taking a different means of transport than your car. As mentioned previously, family cars can be quite the fuel hogs and taking them out can be costly. Taking a coach or train can often turn out to be much cheaper and hassle-free. With companies like Megabus selling tickets for as little as £2.50, taking them out might really save you quite a bit of money.