Summer is a coming! 

Hello Dear Reader,

School summer holidays are always so very lovely but can be a really difficult time for families. Most parents will work most of it and juggle childcare, sometimes as we did with spouses taking separate holidays to care for children. Lots of families like to get away in the school holiday and they tailor to suit their budgets. We had plenty of long weekends in tents in Cornwall with a gas stove, cool box, sleeping bags and bicycles but great memories. 

Now, we start budgeting from one year to the next and my biggest costs is my ferry crossing as we do a long Plymouth to Roscoff trip. Depending on where you live, the shorter crossings are much cheaper and if you don’t mind the drive, it’s always worth doing the Dover to Calais trip or to take the tunnel. If you want to get a really good deal, look on cashback websites like Quidco or Top cashback, you can save money on your crossing. If you want a 10% discount on Brittany Ferries, send me an email and I can help.

If you want a bit more of a fancy holiday and have ideas to share on cheaper holidays then please share with everyone. There are great deals to be had on British holidays and there are even holiday price comparison websites such as travel supermarket that can show you some of the best deals. So here’s my first question, do you start budgeting and planning well in advance? 

I don’t wish to put a dampener on a British summer but it only lasts a few weeks so do we really need a lot of summer clothes? This is where I turn to charity shops, supermarket and discount retailers for a few t shirts and shorts. They barely get any wear from one year to the next so at the end of the season, it gets tucked away for the colder months. Summer clothes for children when you want to take them away on holiday is tempting but just remember, no body will know you when you get there and if the children have clothes they’ve had for a while then they’re not precious and they can just have fun. 

We all love to get out in our gardens in the summer and if we were tempted, it’d be great to have a barbecue and garden furniture. Keep your eyes open at the local recycling centre as people just discard them. We’ve not bought one yet, my cheap method is to cook it in the house and carry the food outside. I get that I’m a tightwad and that’s not for everybody! Look on a Facebook for items either for sale or free and put a shout out for a barbecue and garden furniture. We love recycling pallets as we live round the corner from an industrial estate where they leave pallets out to recycle. If you’ve enough time on your hands and a bit of skill then you could upcycle to garden furniture as lovely as this.

Now it’s your turn, share your money saving tips for the summer months? 

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx