How Can People in Kent Save Money This Summer?
Summer is here and we’ve been enjoying some gloriously warm weather over the last couple of weeks, interspersed with the odd traditional British summer shower, of course. Many of us will be taking time away from work to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Whether you head abroad or stay closer to home, having time off can prove to be rather expensive as almost everything that’s fun costs money in some way, shape or form. Even a day trip to the beach will require you to shell out for fuel, drinks, ice creams, food, and perhaps some new beachwear.
So how can you save money this summer while still enjoying your break?
Look for Free and Cheap Days Out
There are plenty of great things to see and do around Kent. A day out to London Zoo is a popular option for animal lovers, while Hever Castle and Gardens is perfect if you want to get a glimpse into the lives of royalty and nobility from centuries gone by.
However, visit a couple of these places in a week and you could easily spend several hundred pounds.
Thankfully, there are plenty of great things to do in and around Kent that don’t have to break the bank.
In Ramsgate, you can find the Viking ship that sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 as part of the 1500th-anniversary celebrations of the Viking invasion of Britain. Meanwhile, there are plenty of places to go walking in the great outdoors, with paths and trails right across the county, including some on and near the famous White Cliffs.
If you’re taking a staycation this year, you will almost certainly be spending some time resting at home. Whilst at home, books, movies, box sets, and games are all popular forms of entertainment.
But if you’re buying or renting new content, you can often end up spending just as much as during a day out. For example, a new video game can cost upwards of £50 while a single rental of a newly-released film on Disney+ will set you back £20 through Premier Access.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy great content at home without spending too much.
For gamers, there are plenty of free versions of popular games that you can play. For fans of shooting games, Call of Duty: Warzone, CS: GO, and Fortnite are all AAA-quality but cost nothing to play. Meanwhile, those that enjoy playing casino games can also take advantage of the free spins offered as part of promotions, most commonly as sign-up bonuses for new customers.
If you want to stream great movies, television shows and documentaries for free, then take advantage of the free trials offered by some streaming services. Amazon Prime Video, Britbox, Apple TV+ and NOW all offer time-limited free trials to new customers.
Use Discounts and Vouchers
There are still more ways to save money on days out and other activities, even if you can’t get them for free. Many businesses run promotions and discounts; the trick is knowing how to find them.
For example, if you’re in the mood for some pampering, then you could head to Groupon to find discounts on pamper packages, massages, and meditation sessions. You can use this resource to find discounts on almost anything else too, including go-karting, afternoon tea, and cooking classes.
Many chain restaurants also have discounts and promotions that you can download from their websites or through their mobile apps. Even when vouchers aren’t available, you may find that certain days or times are cheaper, particularly mid-week and earlier in the evening.
Some banks also offer discounts and vouchers that you can use for days out. For example, Lloyds customers that have a Club Lloyds current account can choose a “Lifestyle Benefit” with options that include cinema vouchers or a Gourmet Society membership. Members of the AA and customers of Compare the Market can also find discounts on days out and restaurants through their respective apps.