26 Jun 2017

Unlike the last few summers, I'm staying grounded in the UK this time around. Not only did I just not fancy the hassle of planning a trip abroad but also I wanted to save money this summer. I finished  my first year of university just last week and I now have 3 months to kill before I'm back there. So, while wanting to save as much money as possible, I want to enjoy these next 3 months of freedom. Here are some of the ways I'm going to enjoy this summer while on a budget that may inspire you. 


Yes, I know, it's a British summer. Yet, while it does come with its rainy days, there are always a great few shower-free, beautifully sunny days. So, when the sun's out, I try to make sure I'm making the most of it. Whether that's just sat in the garden with a book on the grass or meeting friends. You might as well enjoy the sun while it lasts. 


If planning an outing for the day or just sat in the park sun bathing, you may be tempted to pop to the shops for something to eat which could lead to a few cheeky impulse buys. I try to take my lunch with me and, paired with a sunny day, a picnic is a great way to enjoy the sun while minimising costs of eating out. But, I mean, treat yourself to an ice cream of course!


I've come to love day trips; I can get enough of a new place in a day to not be bored and, many times, leaving me wanting more and returning in later months. For me, this is a better way of getting more in to your summer and this doesn't have to mean it costs more. With trains and coaches able to take you to many places there and back for a reasonable price, it saves on costs of hotel rooms overnight. 


This could include a whole load of things. For example, you don't have to even leave the comfort of your own home to have a fun summer. Catching up on episodes of your favourite TV shows or, like me, trying to read the 30 books you promised yourself you'll make time for this year. These are easy alternatives rainy days spent paying for days out. 

For the drier days, I'd recommend checking your local council's and city council's upcoming events if you're looking for something to do; a lot of these tend to be free and is another way to fill your time. Something like a food festival, while maybe paying for a snack or two, is a fun way to spend a few hours.  

If you like to take in a bit of culture at museums or art galleries, while certain exhibition may require a paid ticket, many local museums and galleries are free entry and may just ask for a small donation if you so wish. This is something I'm definitely going to make more time to do this summer.

This is only a few ways to save money this summer but please don't feel there is nothing to do if you're staying at home trying to save your pennies. Let me know if you're interested in hearing some more ideas for ways to save money this summer. 

Do you have any plans for this summer? I'd love to know!
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

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