Getting away as a family can sometimes be a challenge in itself . We try our hardest to try and get a mini break away together as we all need some quality family time.

With Scott working full time Monday to Friday and myself being self employed and working from home commitments can be full on , then there is looking after the little toddler and her playgroup sessions and then  the older two are at school.

So it’s only the half term breaks we can get away, it can be a challenge and also get quite expensive!

I am a bit of a budget queen and try my best to keep costs down and save where I can. Especially when children are involved, and we have three of the munchkins so it can get pretty expensive :)

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite tips for keeping to a budget when we go away and some of the things I do in order to keep the costs down.


We actually do this at the start of the year , every year. It can be any coins you wish. Maybe at the end of the day you pop in the jar your odd change in your purse - a few 20p’s or a couple of 10ps and a £2. It mounts up and you don’t notice that you are actually saving.

We did this one year and by the time we went away in the summer holidays . We had saved £300! It’s a great way to save in general, but for a little family holiday, it is perfect.


UK holidays are always cheaper if you go self catering in my eyes. We get to our destination, unpack and then head to the nearest supermarket to do the shopping for a week. Make a list of the meals for the duration of your stay. We always leave one day out for dinner out as a treat and one lunch out as a treat.

By doing it this way , you are eliminating the costly £1 packet of crisps when the ‘I’m hungry’ starts and your in the middle of the holiday club. You’ve got your bag packed and prepared with crisps and treats from  the food shop :)


Seaside holidays are perfect- especially if you have children. The sun shining and that calls for a day at the beach. Sandcastle building all day , a picnic lunch , made at the caravan , so no buying lunch out which can end up extremely pricey. An ice cream when the ice cream truck comes and I can guarantee you a perfect day out with little cost.

Sunlife have some really great tips on getting away with the family. From groupon vouchers to going off seasons. Their article is packed full of brilliant tips and tricks for a family holiday :)

I hope we have given you some inspiration and some help to save in them pennies when going away. I’d love to hear your holiday budgeting tips too!


  1. We haven't had a family holiday in 11 years due to lack of money - but we are lucky that we have relatives in Cornwall and on the Kent coast, so we tend to go and stay with them and have a few days out. It is hard on a budget, but doable.

  2. A staycation or glamping pods are always a good option and yes to self catering - can save so much money when away

    Laura x

  3. Holidays don't have to be expensive and self catering is definitely the way to go to save money. My girls would go to the beach every day if they could!

  4. We're not going away this year. Planning on finding some staycation activities and looking at discount sites to help me save money on them.

  5. We tend to do lots of days out rather than holidays as such. We tend to pack food for the journey and lunch. Then treat ourselves to dinner somewhere (after researching offers and vouchers)

  6. I ALWAYS try to save money on holidays. The savings all add up!

  7. We always go self-catering as it is so much cheaper and easier

  8. IT is always best to save the pennies where you can. A seaside trip is always so much fun xx

  9. We love UK holidays, there are some amazing places to visit in the UK and if their near a beach even better! Some brilliant free fun to be had

  10. Those are great tips. We love a UK staycation and mine spend most of their time on the beach or in the arcades

  11. Some great tips here. We’ve always managed to have a holiday every year, through cutting back on certain things and saving.

  12. Great tips, we are in a similar situation to you work wise and so I am always on the look out for ways we can save a bit of money. We always holiday in the UK (I have never been on a plane!) and have found some great deals over the years. I find booking early (especially when you are tied to the school holidays) can save lots of money too! x


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