Studland Beach, Dorset
Spring is the air and holiday time is approaching. How to holiday on a budget.
1. Book your holiday outside of school holidays if at all possible. It's much chepaer
2. Book a short break. If a week is out of your budget, consider a short break of 3 or 4 nights.
3. Don't travel very far. With petrol and transport costs going up, see what wonderful places are in just a 50-100 mile radius. In this wonderfully varied country of ours, there is bound to be a good place to visit.
4. Go self-catering. You have the option to eat in some or all of the time, so you don't have expensive restaurant bills.
5. Prepare your meals in advance. For a couple of weeks before you go, cook twice as much as you need and freeze the extra to take with you for a good value ready-meal.
6. Plan your visits. Check out what is free in the area you are visiting.
7.Plan for rainy days with DVDs and books from the library. Take a pack of cards and a board game.
8. Budget for one or two meals out that don't cost the earth. Go out for breakfast instead of dinner, or have fish and chips in the park or on the beach.
9. Thoroughly explore the local area where you are staying rather than being tempted to drive a further 30 miles to visit a tourist attraction.
10.Take a bag of sweets, crisps or biscuits and a thermos of coffee or cold drink when you are out and about, so you will be less tempted by ice-creams and expensive refreshments.
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