Taking the kids out during the school holidays and entertaining them can sound like an expensive nightmare to parents who are juggling bills, rising energy costs and mortgage repayments. However, there are ways to cut the cost of outings and school holiday activities by earning Cashback.
Here are some suggestions that will not only keep the kids happy but will also help you save a few dollars along the way.
Outdoor school holiday activities
When it comes to activities, there are a number of options you can choose. Most parks and playgrounds are free. All year round they’re a great source of entertainment, fresh air, vitamin D and won’t hurt the hip pocket – especially if you take along some prepared snacks and sandwiches.
In summer, beach picnics provide an excellent and inexpensive array of school holiday activities where the kids can run amuck and enjoy the sun, sand and water. Again, if you’re going to spend a few solid hours at the beach, preparing snacks, drinks and lunch at home will save a fortune at the beach café.
If your child is a mad sports fanatic, sports camps are another great option. They’re fun, the kids will make new friends and they’ll be worn out by the time they get home. However, these camps can become costly if you’re sending them for more than a day or two at a time.
Other school holiday activities such as laser zones, paintball, zoo and museum visits can cost a bit. However, if you prepare and shop smart, you can get discounts on these and also save money by earning Cashback. Companies like Groupon, RedBalloon and Scoopon have some amazing deals that already come at discounted prices. If you’re planning ahead, there are deals throughout the year that provide extra discounts across the board.
Make these offers work to your advantage and use them to purchase activities you can pre-book in advance, such as access to places like bowling, play centres or the zoo.
Our top picks for these school holidays
- Laser Tag
- Tenpin bowling
- A day at the zoo
- Picnic in the park
- Trampoline Park
- Madame Tussauds
- Indoor climbing centre
Most of these experiences can be purchased with Cashback from Groupon, RedBalloon and Scoopon.
If you’re going away, search these sites and book activities like dolphin and whale watching cruises. You can also buy vouchers for dinners at local restaurants to save you footing a full priced bill.
To save that extra bit of money that can be put towards your yearly savings, purchase your activities and experiences through Cashback companies like CASHREWARDS. You’ll earn Cashback – that’s real money, not points on your purchases.
Plan ahead and take advantage of special offers such as sitewide discounts. You’ll not only receive the discount on your already discounted experience, but you’ll also earn Cashback. Essentially saving money in three different ways in the one transaction.
Staying home can be fun too!
Not all days are going to be activity focused. There will be days that you’ll want the kids to stay at home. And that’s a good thing.
Home movie days are a good way to get the kids to relax. Also giving you time to take it easy. Plan their holidays with one day per week allocated to an at home movie day to give you all time to recharge.
Kids love to get their hands dirty and they also love eating. For this reason, cooking days are a great way to get the kids to participate, learn and have fun. Making pizzas, hamburgers or baking cookies and cakes will keep them busy and fed. Plus they’ll be able to add their favourite toppings, taking the fuss away from “fussy” eaters.
Sleepovers are wonderful for two reasons. Firstly, you can have a child free night if yours is over at a friend’s house. And secondly, the kids really love sleeping over as it’s a chance for them to see friends that they may not necessarily see until the new term starts.
Of course, keeping them at home can be just as taxing on your bank account as it is on your pantry. If you do your grocery shopping at Woolworths, you can earn 2% Cashback, as well as getting Click & Collect and home delivery options. Saving you money and time between aisles and making the holidays just that little more enjoyable and affordable.
School holidays shouldn’t make you dread having the kids home for a few weeks, especially if you shop smart and make the most of CASHREWARDS. For instance, Groupon allows you to earn 5% Cashback on your purchase. If you just book a few school holiday activities ahead of time and multiply that a few times throughout the year, that alone can contribute a small fortune towards your yearly savings. Then add to that savings from your Woolworths shop and other purchases throughout the year.
To find out about CASHREWARDS and how Cashback will save you money, click here to watch our 1 min explainer video.
Disclaimer: Some items in this article may not be eligible for Cashback. Deals, products, displayed prices, Cashback rates and available retailers through CASHREWARDS mentioned above may change at any time without notice. This article has not been specifically sponsored in any way, by any retailer, although CASHREWARDS has ongoing partnerships with the stores mentioned above in order to provide you Cashback at these stores.