Saving up for a holiday is hard enough, but when you’ve got kids to feed, clothe and entertain, putting away a few extra pennies can seem almost impossible.
But don’t despair, by choosing cheap family holidays with the Co-operative Travel and making a few small savings every day, you and your brood could be enjoying sun, sea and relaxation before you know it.
Set some goals
If you all know exactly what you’re all working towards, making a few small sacrifices along the way won’t be as hard, and your kids will understand why they can’t get those brand new trainers or the latest games console.
So before you start tightening that belt, sit down as a family and discuss what you all want from a holiday. Once you’ve decided on a location and a range of activities, work out how much it will cost and how much you’ll need to save to achieve it.
Then try to calculate exactly how much you’ll need to save each week and where those savings can be made.
Get your apron on
For most families, an easy way to save money is to cut down on takeaways, meals out and processed food and go back to good old-fashioned home cooking.
Not only is cooking from scratch a lot cheaper, it’s also a lot healthier so should help you achieve that perfect beach body when your holiday rolls around.
Get the whole family involved
By getting the whole family involved in saving money, you can transform a chore into a fun activity while also educating your kids about budgets, saving and fundraising.
Encourage them to save their pocket money and, if they’re old enough, their earnings from babysitting or car washing for your holiday. That way they’ll have their own money to spend while you’re away and it will feel like you’re all working together for a great result.
Find great deals
The best way to find the perfect holiday at a great price is to head online and sniff out some deals. The web is packed with great money-saving websites, so have a browse and see how much you can save.
With a bit of hard work, determination and perseverance, saving up for that perfect family holiday shouldn’t be too difficult, giving you a great family break and some fantastic memories that you’ll treasure forever.