How to save money as a parent during summer holidays.

Hey readers,

My boys have split up for summer holiday gulp! So do some planning I thought I would come up some ideas on how to save money during that long holiday of six weeks!

1. Boxes.

Kids love boxes and drawing on them. They are so easy to get from your local supermarket costing nothing and just giving your child some paint or colouring pens. You will guarantee to have lots of fun. 

2. Food shopping.

Meal planning will save you loads of money and if you do struggle with going shopping with children then my advice would be to order online. 

Then you won't have arguing and stress of shopping with kids. Plus the chances of impulse buying are nil and you can do it from the comfort of your home with a cuppa, win-win!

3. Play-Doh.

Make your own playdoh so simple to do and you only need three ingredients (flour, salt, water, vegetable oil) and if you want to go fancy you can add food colouring to give that twist. 

4. Gloop. 

If your feeling brave then making gloop is lots of fun, though I would advise making sure you have a table cloth on the floor so doesn't go everywhere.

 Kids love gloop because of it is messy fun. All you need to is place some cornflour into a tub and gradually add water. You can put colouring as well to make it more vivid. It is brilliant sensory fun and fine motor skills as well.

5. Park. 

You can't go wrong with going to the park and bringing a picnic also makes it a fun day out for all. 

6. Libraries. 

Libraries are brilliant, they are free and so many books to chose from. Going to the library is fab in getting kids into reading. 

They can also take part in the reading challenge during the summer and if completed your child gets a certificate and medal.

7. Boredom Jar. 

A great little activity is to write activities or things to do, such as washing the car or reading a book or watching a film for example on a piece of paper cut them out and put them in a jar. 

When your child complains that they are bored during the summer holiday, tell them to take out a piece of paper and do that activity. 

8. Museums. 

Check out your local museum as they have fun centred children's activities on during the summer. There will be often a free museum somewhere so just google and go to your local free one. 

9. Walks. 

Woodland trust has brilliant information on their website of woodlands near you which make a great family nature walk and get away from the four walls for a bit. 

Though you don't have to go to woodlands for a walk, where I live there are some large feeds that my boys love to raise others around and have a kick about with a football. 

10. Kids Run Free. 

Some places offer a thing called Kids Run free where they offer sessions in local parks for children under 16 years of age. 

It is free and parents can come along and it just encourages kids to run with their peers. It is a great way of burning their energy and your getting out of the house. 

Cheers for reading X 


  1. I often made gloop and play dough for the children when I was working as a registered child minder, the children loved both #kcacols@_karendennis

  2. Fab ideas.
    Even my teen loves playing with Play-Doh and Gloop. xx

  3. Great list of ideas and all sounds like fun. #MMBC

  4. great ideas, I'm finding out loads checking everyone's summer posts today.

  5. I think schools could issue lists like this and help so many families. I home school so have to come up with ideas every day really but I find children are great at coming up with their own too. Love the Boredom Jar concept #AnythingGoes

  6. Some great advice there #KCACOLS

  7. I remember doing lots of reading in the hammock with all the kids together. I really miss those long days of nothing planned!

  8. All really fab ideas - thank you! My daughter isn't at school yet, but some of these boredom busters will already be useful. #TwinklyTuesday

  9. I remember having a boredom jar when I was little! I second the libraries idea too - hours of fun to be had exploring fantastical worlds #MMBC

  10. Great ideas you have here. I love the idea of the boredom jar.


  11. great list! we have already been saving all the recycling haha! he loves making junk from it all!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

  12. Some lovely ideas. Really need to make my own play doh for a change! #KCACOLS

  13. We've made our own playdough before, but I've never braved gloop. Maybe this summer will be the time to go for it! x #KCACOLS

  14. Great tips! Thanks for sharing #twinklytuesday

  15. I love going to new libraries and wandering through the shelves! #DreamTeam

  16. A great reminder that we don't have to spend lots of money to have fun. I love these ideas. Many thanks.

  17. Great ideas. We're only 2 weeks in and I'm finding these holidays to be really expensive, so all money saving tips are appreciated! I definitely have to get better at meal planning and be more disciplined regarding treats when we're out and about. #kcacols

  18. These are some great tips and ideas. I've never heard of making Gloop. I am always looking for cheap ways to have fun with the kids. #KCACOLS

  19. Don't go anywhere is my answer & stay at home as much as possible! #KCACOLS