School holidays are fantastic for a break in routine and extra time to spend together as a family. However, expenses can add up quickly, especially if you’re paying Easter prices for hotels, heading to theme parks and blowing your budget on new toys to keep the kids occupied. With a bit of creativity, it is possible to save money, without skimping on fun.
Set up your own family Glamping experience in the backyard.
Camping is a great way to spend the holidays, but Easter means that most campgrounds are overflowing and pricier than usual. Chances are, you have everything you need for a Glamping break in your very own backyard. For the duration of the holidays, set up an enchanting camp to escape to, with tents, extra-comfy bedding, floor cushions and fairy lights strung through the trees.
Create a seating area with old furniture, fill buckets with craft supplies and lay out all your outdoor games. Decorate to create a fantasy environment, with streamers, balloons and Easter trinkets, so your backyard feels like a whole new land of fun. As an added bonus, the kids will love it so much that you’ll have extra time for yourself in the house!
Pool your resources with friends and family for an affordable holiday away.
It’s likely you know of friends or family who’d love to go on holidays over Easter, but cringe at the extra expenses involved. Get creative and pool your resources, for group holidays without the prohibitive prices.
Airbnb is a great place to start, with holiday houses boasting numerous bedrooms for plenty of space, at a fraction of the cost when shared. Make mealtimes cheap by doing a bulk shop and stocking the kitchen when you arrive. With a ready-made social environment, you’ll also spend less on going out and entertainment.
The key is to turn ordinary outings and activities into adventures.
You don’t have to take the kids bungee jumping or rollercoaster-riding to add a bit of adventure to the holidays. The key is to turn ordinary outings and activities into adventures.
Start by making a map of adventures within your local area, with the kids. This might include all the beaches, parks or nature trails within easy driving or walking distance. Pop your explorer hats on and head out to discover all the things that make those places special, and tick them off the map as you go. By the end, you’ll all be local expert travellers.
To alleviate long, boring days at home, turn cooking into a thrill by holding your very own cooking challenge just like MasterChef, and invite the neighbours to join in. Depending on how old or experienced your kids are, choose appropriate ingredients and dishes for them to make, in order to impress the judges (aka parents) and win a prize.
For the most part, kids just want to be entertained. Investing a bit of time, effort and creativity into holiday fun is all it takes to save your budget over Easter.