CARRY on caravanning! More of us than ever will hit the road in a camper for a holiday this summer.
It’s a great way to have a bargain break and enjoy the best the UK has to offer. Follow these tips to trim your costs even more . . .
PLAN AHEAD: Write a list of extra bits you can bring to a caravan site from home — for example foil, tea towels, washing-up sponges and washing-up liquid.
For the bathroom, shower gel and hand soap and loo roll.
DAYS OUT: Heading to a new holiday park? Research the area before you go and book tickets to attractions in advance, as it’s often cheaper.
If one of your gang wants to sneak off to watch any sport, head to a Hungry Horse Pub and download their Season Ticket app, where you can usually claim a free welcome drink.
PACKED LUNCHES: Make sarnies in advance and freeze, so you can serve packed lunches for everyone for the first few days. Morrisons is selling 20 packs of crisps for £2.25, down from £2.50, which you can add to the sandwiches.
Avoid having to spend extra on sweets by stashing a few Haribo packs to dish out while away. Aldi sells 21 mini packs for £1.89.
BATCH, PLEASE: Create family-style one-pot dishes that you can quickly reheat.
See fareshare.org.uk for a list of family recipes created by leading chef Tom Kerridge.
The classic lasagne that serves six is highly rated. Or head to budgetbytes.com and have a go at the miracle mac ‘n’ cheese.
Bake, then freeze in a foil tray (three-pack for £2.50, B&M) for less washing up while away.
DINNER DISCOUNTS: Treat the family to a meal out at a local pub, but check for offers first.
Choose days where you can get freebies or try theme nights, which are often better value.
Eat a bit earlier and you can get big discounts — at Brewers Fayre this summer, get two meals (from a selection) for £8.99 when dining between noon and 6pm weekdays.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
CLOCK on with this Rotary leather-strapped watch, RRP £149, now £59.99 at TK Maxx.
SNACK on Rowntree’s Randoms Squidgy Swirls, available at Co-op. Previously £1.60, now £1.
BOOK into a Cairn hotel (cairnhotelgroup.com) and take advantage of its summer sale, with up to 20 per cent off selected bed and brekkie stays for the rest of July and August. Use the code SUMMER when booking.
UPGRADE your BBQ with a pizza box. Argos sells one for £60 but the Grillmeister BBQ pizza box is £39.99 at Lidl.
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STRUGGLING to stretch the food budget this month? Iceland has launched a mega food bundle for £60, which includes plenty for a family for a week and should save you £11.49 compared to buying each item individually.
Order from iceland.co.uk and get free next-day delivery.
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