Long days, warm air and plenty of sunshine can only mean one thing: summer is finally here. And though us Brits can’t always rely on the weather, there’s still fun to be had this season. While it’s heavily associated with lavish trips and heavy spending, you don’t have to indulge in either. In fact, if you’re trying to keep an eye on your finances, it’s possible to both enjoy summer to the full and stay well within budget.
To find out how, explore our top tips.
Take advantage of the weather — whether it’s sunny or not
Who said that you need to go abroad for an adventure? If you’re looking for dramatic landscapes and natural beauty, there’s heaps to be found in the British Isles!
After all, it boasts plenty of visual wonders, almost all of which become even more glorious in the sun. So, why not swap your foreign holiday for somewhere closer to home?
But what if it’s rainy throughout my stay, you ask? Well, if that happens, you can sample the great indoor delights that the UK has to offer, from climbing walls to museums to theatres.
Or you could be simply visit locations in the rain, which would be very British indeed!
Socialise with friends and family at home
For most of us, the best thing about summer is the long nights it brings. When it’s light outside, we often feel inspired to stay outdoors for longer — and what better way do this than with friends and family?
Whether it’s drinks on your patio or a family barbeque on the lawn, all you need is a few chairs and some fairy lights to make a party! If you’re running low on seating, you could always invite your neighbours to join in the fun. They’ll likely offer to bring furniture with them, meaning that friends and family coming from further afield won’t have to lug their décor to and from your home.
If you don’t have a garden, fear not — you can generate interior space by rearranging your furniture or placing unused items in storage. Simply open your windows, install some fans, and you’ve got the ideal setting for a summer party.
Enjoy free events and activities
Once again, you don’t have to pay to enjoy yourself. There are likely to be plenty of free events and activities taking place this summer within your local area – so why not take advantage of this?
And no, we don’t just mean bake sales and village fetes; we’re talking film screenings, exhibitions, sports, food tastings and more. Very often, their communal element makes free events even more fun than private ones. Check Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to find out what’s going on in your area.
Summer doesn’t have to expensive — actually, it can be cost-effective. Follow these tips, and you could easily achieve an exciting, budget-saving season.