Stay safe, healthy and entertained this summer

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Summer is typically an expensive time of year; the kids are at home for the long summer holiday, and costs for entertainment, food, drinks and the all-important sunscreen soon mount up. Here we bring you tips to keep you and your family safe, healthy and entertained this summer.

1. Stay safe in the sun.

  • Wear sunscreen. Sunscreen has long expiry dates – check dates on last year’s sunscreen as it may be fine to use. If you do need to buy some more, store it in a cool, dry place and you may be able to use it next year. 
  • Drink water. Dehydration can cause problems such as headaches and tiredness. The best way to combat this is to drink water. Fizzy, sugary drinks are not as effective at quenching thirst (and can be expensive too). For a healthy way to stay hydrated this summer, keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
  • Wear a hat. Wearing a hat is the best way to protect you and your family’s hair, eyes, and skin from the sun's harmful rays. 

2. Eating out

  • Become an expert picnic maker. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but you will know exactly what you and your family are eating. If you freeze cartons of juice you can pack these with your picnic to keep everything cool until it’s time to eat.
  • Lots of British fruit is in season now, such as strawberries, raspberries, cherries and apples. If you want a tasty snack while out, drop by your local fruit stall to pick up some great, and healthy, bargains.

3. Days out

  • Make sure you check out what is happening in your local area. You can find events and activities by searching online, listening to local radio, or looking at posters in public places like the doctor’s surgery or libraries. Galleries and Museums are often treasure troves of fun activities – and many of them are free.
  • If you are travelling by train, you may be able to get 2 for 1 offers on a range of events and activities. You can find out more information on the Days Out website: www.daysoutguide.co.uk.
  • If you’re going to be doing a lot of travel on public transport, you could save money by investing in a railcard or a coachcard.

4. Make your own sweet treats

  • Make healthy alternatives to ice creams and lollies. You can make mini ice lollies using anything from plastic cups to ice cube trays (search the internet for inspiration). If you have a blender you can whip up healthy ‘ice cream’ in minutes with frozen fruit, sugar and yoghurt.
  • Freeze grapes. Even kids that don’t like fruit will eat frozen grapes. Buy seedless if you can, wash and dry thoroughly, and freeze on a flat tray, or on a skewer. There’ll be ready in about 30 minutes.
  • Make fruity ice cubes by putting mashed berries in an ice cube tray, topping up with water and freezing. Serve with water that’s been kept in the fridge. If your family like fizzy drinks, serve with sparkling spring water or soda water, which costs just a fraction of their sugary counterparts.
  • If you have any tips for saving money in the summer, please share them with us on our Facebook page

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