With 9,000 workers losing their jobs, and around 800,000 individuals likely to lose the holidays that they’ve saved up for – the Thomas Cook collapse has caused devastation on a national, if not global scale. As the 178-year-old tour operator ceased trading, the question that many are now asking is: “how can I protect my holiday?”
When did you get to grips with money? From an early age, or the hard way, by getting stranded penniless at university or abroad?
Education and financial experts believe that teaching children at an early age about the value of money is key to greater financial literacy later in life.
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B&M Stores have created this great infographic featuring the evolution of school lunches.
The visual takes you back to 1906 when breakfast and lunches were introduced into schools (porridge to start the day and bread and butter for lunch). It shows us the full ‘evolution’. From spam, fish and chips to Jamie Oliver’s creamy coconut fish and mexican beach wraps.
While brides and grooms are counting costs for catering, drinks, reception venues and dresses and suits, there’s a new trend on the horizon that could take up a sizeable chunk of the budget – the gifting lounge.Continue Reading…
If you have kids wrapping up for school this summer, you’ll no doubt be approaching the end of July with slight trepidation and fear.
Six weeks of juggling work, summer clubs and finding cheap ways to entertain them.
For kids, it feels like a never ending summer of fun. For parents, it feels never ending for all the wrong reasons.
With the average summer holidays costing parents around £2,000 (source: Daily Mail), we’ve decided to help parents across the UK by offering some great ways to entertain children for absolutely FREE.
- Check out ParkLives.com
ParkLives is a collaboration with Coca Cola and local authorities to provide group-based activities in parks across the country.
Sessions vary from family fishing to kid-friendly zumba to den building and orienteering.
Visit ParkLives.com, type in your postcode and see what the nearest activities are to you.
- Go on an expedition – in your own garden
Whether you have a camping trip planned this summer or not, setting up a tent in the garden is a really fun way to prepare for a night under the stars.
Preparations can begin in the afternoon, where you plan dinner (traditional bean stew for the proper camping experience!), pitching the tent and deciding what toys to camp with. For a proper treat, toast marshmallows on a chiminea and set up a mini cinema in the tent with an ipad and lots of cushions.
- See what’s on at the local museum
Throughout the summer, museums will be holding special events to encourage young minds through their doors.
Some museums are doing space exhibitions where you visit spacecraft that Tim Peake travelled into the International Space Station, walk through the late Cretaceous period with dinosaurs, and enjoy outdoor circuses.
This summer is packed with free festivals, whether it’s Edinburgh art festival, the Notting Hill carnival, Angel Canal Festival in Islington and Festwich, the biggest free tribute festival which has activities for kids all day.
- Day at the beach
A cheap day out – and also one of the best ways to spend time with your family. Pack a picnic, bring the buckets and spades and a big blanket and you’re good to go. Visit thebeachguide.co.uk to find out where the best bit of coastline is near you.
- Get back to nature
Visit the woodlandtrust.org and see the range of great printouts for children of all ages. Choose from over 100 downloadable guides on anything from how to build a giant nest, making flower crowns, going on a bird hunt and making cheesy pine cone bird feeders. Then head off to your local woods and enjoy!
- Pokemon Go
Yes, it was the craze that swept the UK last year, but there’s nothing to stop you from downloading the app again and getting the kids involved. After all, if it encourages kids to get outside, walk (and run!) around and visit points of local interest, it can’t be a bad thing, can it?
- Free tennis coaching
Visit tennisforfree.com to find out more about this community sports charity. Working with local authorities, tennis clubs and coaches, this organisation provides free weekly coach led family oriented tennis sessions to local communities in the UK. You could have a potential Johanna Konta or Andy Murray in your midst!
- Free Lego builds
Every Thursday, Lego stores offer kids the opportunity to take part in free Lego builds where they can take their own mini models home for free. See the Lego site for details.
- Free craft sessions at Hobbycraft
Hobbycraft are offering its customer the chance to take part in free craft workshops and demos at some of its 81 stores across the UK.
Sessions will vary from store to store, but all materials will be supplied and children of all ages are welcome.
Click here to see if your nearest store is participating.
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We were always told by our elders to avoid paying anything on the drip, and have the cash ready to pay up front.
However, with big purchases, cash flow and the allure of the latest offers, things like store cards can be an attractive prospect.
But are they really the straightforward solution to managing cash flow, as they seem to be?Continue Reading…
Thanks to the rise of smartphones, there is a plethora of moneysaving apps available to download. Each app promises a new way of handling money, saving and reducing the amount of superfluous spending on things like clothing and takeaway coffees.
Load your smartphone up with these handy apps, and see how they can help your saving and spending on a day to day basis!Continue Reading…