You’ve booked the flight and hotel and are expecting to splash out, but with a few tips, you can spend the money on some nice gifts or day trips, and save on the essentials. Here are some of my handy holiday tips for you.
1. Get a Post Office credit card
We only use this card when abroad. It doesn’t charge foreign exchange charges, which most credit cards do.
2. Read Tripadvisor
Ideally you should so this before you book, but if you have already sorted your holiday, make sure that you know where the restaurants and bars near to your hotel are. Armed with this information, you can share the wisdom of people who have already stayed at your accommodation. Useful information could be where the 7/11 is to which direction to walk for …
As you may know, I rent out my drive using Parkatmyhouse. In the last nine months, I have made £501, and that’s not full occupancy either.
So when I heard about a car lending service I had to take a look, especially as my car has only done 20,000 miles in seven years so stays idle much of the time.
easyCar Club, from the guy behind easyJet was launched earlier this month.
The service provides a way to make money from your car when not in use, and also, gives a cheaper alternative to renting a car through Hertz or the like. Londoners trialled easyCar club for the past year, and found that they made an average of £1,800 per year (£150 per month), up to £3,500 per year!
I definitely like the idea …
We try to fly from Midlands airports whenever we can. We can get cabs or trains to a couple of airports and that is a lot less stressful than flying from London airports or Manchester.
But sometimes, you get more choice from the other airports in terms of where to fly, that’s when we discovered Sleep Park Fly for a very early flight from Heathrow last year.
We arrived the night before, had our dinner and went to sleep in a comfy family room. We got up at 3 am to board shuttle bus that took us to the airport. We left our car in the Premier Inn’s secure car park.
Today, I booked my second Sleep, Park, Fly stay. We need to be at the airport at 5.30 am, so would have to leave …
Matalan is a god send for me when it comes to cheap but good quality kidswear. I also love the Falmer Heritage range for women…but that’s for another post.
I nearly always buy the kid’s pyjamas, socks, pants, t-shirts and trousers from there. I find that the styles are great and they wash really well. But most of all, the prices are really competitive.
There aren’t many Matalan stores around. They tend to be large units out of town. They remind me a bit of the big American mega stores. There is a loyalty card that you can get and if you have it, they will send you discount vouchers. Matalan has an online store which is fairly well stocked and when you buy, you can get money off at TopCashBack.
I needed some pyjamas …
After my debacle with Clark’s falling apart boots – on the way from a meeting my boot’s heel came off – I needed a new pair of work boots.
Problem is we are now pretty much out of sale season and unless you want obscure stuff, like the £30 snow boots I got from Jones (down from £100) in March last year, most of the ordinary work boots in the sales are gone.
I needed to spend as little as possible, but wanted leather, a mid-height tough heel – not easily scuffable – nothing too plain, and they had to be comfortable, have good reviews and be available in my size.
I found some lovely wedges at Next for £38, but there’s a three week delivery on my size. The rest of their boots were …
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I have been shopping at Aldi since September to save for Christmas last year. I may go back to online shopping for convenience, so I decided to check my Aldi shop against the same/or very similar items from Tescos, Sainbury’s, Ocado and Asda. I already supplement my Aldi shop at Co-op and/or Morrisons, so they don’t come into this experiment.
I bought my Aldi shop on 25 January and did the online shops on 26 January to make it fair. I selected own brand or cheapest similar products from the other stores. For example, I selected Premier Sausages from Aldi, so the equivalent would be Finest sausages from Tesco.
Sainsbury’s was the overall winner at £36.64, with Tesco following at £37.59. By shopping at Aldi I saved £9.74 from the nearest competitor. Prices below are …