As a couple we love exploring. Seeing a new place or trying a new activity and it’s one of the ways we like to spend our days off together. The trouble with exploring is we don’t have an unlimited budget and although you can have an adventure just by leaving your front door sometimes we want to go further afield to see what a different town has to offer. In the years we have been together we have had a few adventures and I love finding bargains and ways to make these a little cheaper for ourselves so I have compiled a little list.
- Taking a packed lunch. Of course the first thing is food. Eating out can be expensive so we like to pack a sandwich, snacks and take a flask of tea when we’re having a day out. It ends up saving us about £20-30 as a full day out for us includes a meal stop and a separate cuppa break.
- Membership. We are National Trust members and this has meant we can have a day out for our monthly membership price of around £10. By the time we have visited 3 places a month our membership has been on average £3 a visit. We’ve had some great days out using our National Trust membership if you want to see more posts about them here.
- We look for deals. Websites like Wowcher or Groupon often have good experience deals and if I am looking for a day out or even weekend away I’ll head over to see what’s on offer. SpaSeekers also offer great prices for spa days or I will even contact the venue directly to see if they have any offers on especially at quieter times of the year. Fun fact LB readers, I booked my Hen Party hotel through Wowcher as they had a great deal on at the time.
- Cashback. Sometimes if we know where we would like to go in advance there are options and ways to receive cashback on purchases through websites. I love using Topcashback personally and there are so many ways to get cashback. I have used it previously to book airport parking, purchase travel insurance and organise days out and hotels. The fact that they offer cashback on purchases made through Wowcher, Virgin Experience Days and Secret Escapes blows my mind and makes me happy knowing it’s even more money saving.
- Stay local. We do this to save money on travel costs when we need to and have had some great experiences not too far from our doorstep. When we search for local days out I am always surprised by the opportunities and experiences available so close to home. It saves on petrol costs and we are lucky that there are places in our area that offer free parking in some spots.
- Plan the day. As much as we all love an adventure some can be planned adventures. Almost like that episode in Friends. If we plan our day we can look for cheaper car parks nearby, good places to eat off the beaten track if we want a pub lunch. Even better for us, a nice picnic spot.
- Looking for free fun. They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch and technically they (who are they?) are right but that’s not to say there isn’t a cheaper way of doing something. A day out for us could literally be finding a trail to walk the dog, maybe next to a river where there’s always wildlife to look out for, or we’ll take my in-laws bikes out for an afternoon near their home. There is so much to do in our area I don’t even know the half of it and we live no where near a big city where there can be many more opportunities going.
Do you have any tips to share on how to cut costs on days out? Or any days out you’ve had and would recommend? I would love to hear them.
Until next time,