FAMILIES are feeling the pinch with soaring food, energy and fuel bills.
It’s during the school holidays that parents get squeezed the most, as they struggle to keep kids fed and entertained over the break.
Sun Money’s Laura Shannon shares her tips on how to cut the cost of books, meals, toys and clothes.
Rent it out
HIRING toys can be cheaper than buying the latest gizmos, plus you can swap them when kids get bored and save on cupboard space.
Personal assistant Anna Maughan, 30, from Ely, Cambs, rents toys for her three-year-old son Henry from subscription box Whirli.
She and her husband Lee, 43, a finance director, are expecting a second child this summer.
With Whirli you pay from £9.99 a month to choose from 1,000 of the latest toys.
Henry has played with 70 toys in the past year at a cost of £191 in subscriptions compared to £1,600 if they were bought brand new.
Anna said: “If your child likes a toy, you can buy it at a discount from the website.”
She also subscribes to The Little Loop which is for borrowing children’s clothes.
Lunch for less
SPEND £9.50 on an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast at Brewers Fayre pubs and two children under 16 can eat for free.
Kids eat free all day at Morrisons Café when adults buy a meal for £4.49 or more.
Sizzling Pubs and Farmhouse Inns both have £1 meal offers for kids.
With lunch boxes, it’s always cheaper to make up your own portions and put them in tupperware rather than buying picnic-sized packs.
Buy a big bag of raisins, instead of mini boxes. Do the same with cheese, crisps and yoghurt — but make sure the lid is leak-proof.
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