There is no denying that if you have school age children, summer holidays are going to be expensive. For the past few years we have chosen to have our main holiday during the Easter break, thus avoiding the high price of a family holiday during peak summer months. But this year due to GCSEs, we were unable to travel during  April and May, and our main holiday this year will be in August.

Money Saving Tips for your Summer Holidays

Determined as always to get the best possible price for our holiday, I share some tips which worked well for me.

Book as early as possible

I started looking for our summer holiday back in September 2017. I LOVE researching holidays, and my husband often jokes that I spend longer researching than I do on the actual holiday. We are going to Mexico at the end of August, and our flights with BA were booked last September. We paid just over 2k for our flights, and last week (in the name of research), I checked to see how much our flights would be if I booked them that day. Imagine my shock when they were DOUBLE the price we had paid. I am SO glad we booked them nearly a year in advance.

Shop around

It goes without saying that you should be shopping around for the best price for your holiday. I got several quotes from leading high street travel agents, and then wanted to see whether I could beat that price by booking it separately. Now I know that doing it yourself is not for everybody, but I always book separately for our holidays. Doing it this way enabled me to save just over 1k, and I secured a swim up suite too.

Use Quidco

I have been using Quidco for over 10 years now, and have received over 2k from them. I always check Quidco before booking holidays, arranging travel insurance, hire cars, and even cashback on your travel money. Even if you get £50 back, it’s money that can be used towards a future holiday, or spending money.

Buy Summer clothes when on offer

Look out for flash sales and get buying your summer clothes and accessories when on offer. Sainsburys have some gorgeous summer items in at the moment, and I will definitely be waiting for their next 25% off sale.

Be prepared

The deposit for your summer holiday might be all paid, and you are counting down the days till the final balance is due. But what happens if something unexpected comes along. The holiday savings you have been topping up every month have to be used for an emergency situation. Or you or your partner could be faced with losing your job. The balance for your holiday still has to be paid, so you could take a look into payday loans, which could provide a short term answer to your problem.

Sell things on eBay

If you need some extra cash to pay for your summer holiday, eBay can be a great place to sell some unwanted clutter in the house. I have just started our ‘pre-summer clutter’ and I have already made £25, which will go towards our summer holiday spending money.

*This is a collaborative post* 

 

8 Thoughts on “Money Saving Tips for your Summer Holiday

  1. We’re always looking for new ways to save on our family holiday costs. Great tips.
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  2. Some great tips here, holidays are so expensive and it would be amazing to be able to take ours out of school one year, but as my husband is a teacher that is never going to happen. I need to have a session of putting things on eBay, thanks for the reminder

    • Tracey Williams on April 27, 2018 at 7:25 pm said:

      We have not been during the peak summer season for 4 years, and in that time I can’t believe the hike in prices for Europe. Every little bit helps doesn’t it, and I love a good old eBay session, but then I hate all the packaging things up and actually getting to the post office x

  3. We booked our New York hotel through quidco and got 90 pounds cash back it was amazing x

    • Tracey Williams on April 29, 2018 at 6:08 pm said:

      I love Quidco so much Sarah, and can’t believe how much we have saved since I joined. £90 is a great saving x

  4. Some great tips Tracey. I always plan our holidays well in advance, lots of places do an early bird discount and it also give you lots of time to spread the cost.
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    • Tracey Williams on April 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm said:

      Gone are the days when you could get last minute holidays at bargain prices, and it’s always good to book early and spread the cost x

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