Budgeting for the Summer Holidays

A little planning can only add to the fun of having the kids around for six weeks and could help take away some of the stresses. Picnics and trips to the park are always free but if you want some days out try working out beforehand how much money you want to lay aside so that there’s no danger of overspending. Think ahead to take advantage of special offers to cut costs: Cineworld has bargain Tuesdays, Kellogg’s cereal packets have ‘adult goes free’ vouchers to many popular attractions and Tescos vouchers can be converted to rewards which will help you get discounts. Why not put in a visit to Saffron Walden’s invaluable Tourist Information Office to see what’s available locally? Also do check out money saving expert’s incredibly comprehensive and useful 100 tips for cheap summer holiday family fun http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/school-holiday-deals.

Don’t forget that involving the kids in the planning could help them become aware of how much things cost too. If you would like some help setting a budget contact Uttlesford CAB’s Money Doctor service on 01799 618840 and if you have good ideas for free or cheap things to do with kids in Uttlesford then tweet them to us https://twitter.com/UttlesfordCAB or get in touch via facebook and we will share them. Enjoy!

Saffron Walden 9.30 to 3.30 M.T.Th.F. (phone until 5pm Mon, appointments now available Weds)

Great Dunmow 9.30 to 3.30 T. W. Th.

Thaxted 9.30 to 12.30 Monday (fortnightly – appointments only)

Stansted Mountfitchet 9.30 to 12.30 Thursday (weekly – appointments only)

Wimbish (soldiers and families only) 12.00 to 3.00 Monday (fortnightly – appointments only)