Win a £60 Amazon voucher from Barclaycard

Win a £60 Amazon voucher

*The winner is Megan Hughes*

Barclaycard Freedom Rewards are running a series of videos in association with Mumsnet, featuring Andrea McLean, Julia Bradbury, Ben Shephard and Ruth Langsford, who are aiming to share shopping advice and tips for families just in time for the shopping season. This could be very useful to all you budgeters!

The first of these videos launched this week and discusses budget shopping tips and family fun on a budget – how perfect for my readers! (grab yourself a cup of tea and have a watch it’s great!)

My family fun ideas for half term would be to keep it simple and use what you already have:

  • Get out and about with a camera…kids love taking photos and it helps them see the world in a whole new light
  • Have their little friends round to play children, can entertain each other for hours!
  • Get crafty – dig into your recycling box, get out the paints and see if you can make a model if your street
  • Get to the library and stock up …it’s free and full of treasure
  • Get baking ..we have to eat anyway and it ‘ s fabulous fun for little ones!
  • Get playing …learn a few new board games and have some quality family time!


How to win a £60 Amazon Voucher

To celebrate the launch of these rather fabulous videos I have teamed up with Barclaycard to bring you a great competition to win a £60 Amazon voucher!

There is so much you can do with an Amazon voucher it is absolutely one of my favourite gifts to receive.

All you have do is answer in the comments below

“How does your family have fun on a budget?” ( for us it’s a family movie or a picnic on the park.)

For a second entry please tweet the following

I want to win a £60 Amazon from @barclaycard via @babybudgeting  #familybudgeting

and leave me a separate comment with the URL of your tweet.


The competition will end at midnight 1 November 2013. Winners picked at random.

Wishing you lots of luck !




One entry per person and over 18’s only please. Winners need to be UK residents. No cash alternative to the prize



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  1. Sara wilson
    October 23, 2013 / 3:24 pm

    We like to make things out of bits and pieces lying around the house. It’s a fun, cheap way to get creative

  2. Linda Tweed
    October 23, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    If you don’t mind shelling out a lump sum once a year, you could get a family membership with English Heritage or the National Trust. It quickly pays for itself, and then some, and means you can visit your local sites again and again for as little or as much time as you like. Plus, if you go a bit further afield on holiday, there’s often a castle, old home, or museum to see.

  3. Julie h
    October 23, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    We live at the seaside so it’s usually a trip to the beach,foraging in the rock pools.

  4. Kate
    October 23, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    We like to make homemade pizzas together, kids enjoy choosing their own toppings and helping roll out the dough. Then we settle down with a film or saturday night tv and make a pillow nest on the sofa.

  5. Darren Abbott
    October 23, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    I visit the supermarket daily looking for the reduced loaves of bread at 10p – we then go to our local lake and feed the ducks …. keeps the kids entertained for hours (and the ducks well fed) for under a 50p

  6. Simon Su
    October 23, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    A game of charades always get the whole family laughing in no time

  7. David Vessey
    October 23, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    A trip to the cinema, particularly if we can get free tickets or money-off offers 🙂

  8. October 23, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    In our house we never moan when it rains heavily at the weekends – we all grab our wellies and go for a splash in the puddles at the park! We call them ‘puddle days’ and the kids love it! We’re lucky as we live right next to the park so it’s only a minute away from home, so not too far to go when we’re all soaking wet!

    We then get back and snuggle in our PJs! Puddle days are the best! x
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  9. Mary Heald
    October 23, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Walk in the woods collecting natural materials. On arrival back home use clay or plasticine and pieces from the collection to make interesting creatures.
    Water play either outside or in.
    Have a ‘discover’ day. Drive out to somewhere you haven’t been before and explore….

  10. Jason Bringans
    October 23, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    Living in LDN makes it very easy to do something cheap..we tend to go to Richmond Park for games and a picnic, or Kew gardens (we have family membership so it works out very good value) weather permitting. If not we go to one of the wonderful Museums (free),

  11. Heather Haigh
    October 23, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    A day out walking with a picnic and doing some foraging.

  12. Darren
    October 23, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    Loaf of a bread, jar of jam and piece of string provided a great fun family day a few weeks ago. Made a few jam sandwiches to take to the park, emptied the rest of the jam into a tub and cleaned the jar, attached some string and headed for the local park and had a picnic, followed by a bit of minnow fishing in the stream and then fed the ducks what was left of the bread. Our son also had a play in the park. Cost next to nothing and kept all of us entertained for the afternoon.

  13. caroline
    October 23, 2013 / 4:01 pm

    We would head out to the woods & look for the gruffalo’s house or to see if we can hear the whisps & fairies, such an exciting time for the kids while rambling through the trees lol

  14. caroline
    October 23, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Tweeted I want to win a £60 Amazon from @barclaycard via @babybudgeting #familybudgeting from @caz2530 🙂

  15. Rich Fox
    October 23, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    We go for a bike ride 🙂

  16. iain maciver
    October 23, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    have tweeted @maci234

  17. iain maciver
    October 23, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    rent a movie to watch at home and buy some popcorn

  18. Victoria Cattanach
    October 23, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    My girls are especially fond of a “grown up meal” which means we light the candles, put some music on, use wine glasses (though at 2,5 and 6 theirs are filled with a little lemonade) and all sit and have a meal at the dining room table.

    We generally all sit together at meal times but with 3 children and a husband in the Forces dinners are rarely peaceful or relaxed. It’s lovely to make more or an effort one day a week and sit down and enjoy proper family time!

  19. victoria taylor
    October 23, 2013 / 4:11 pm

    we have fun by in the summer we have made a picknic and gone to the park with outdoor games and in the winter we make cakes together

  20. JO JONES
    October 23, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    We like to go for a nature walk in the countryside with the dog

  21. Pauline Simpson
    October 23, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    Go to alarge garden centre now they have just got winter gifts & decorations in stock some of them really make an effort its like a winter wonderland and looking costs nothing My favs Dobbies & barton grange in Lancs

  22. Sam Stevens
    October 23, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    monopoly marathons… long as I can be Scottie dog!

  23. Pam Gregory
    October 23, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    A walk around the local nature reserve, cataloguing all the wildlife we encounter.

  24. October 23, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    We go exploring in the woods and make hidden shelters great fun for all.

  25. October 23, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    We have movie nights on the sofa with old DVDs, the curtains shut to make it dark and popcorn and sweets from Aldi.
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    October 23, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    there are so many fun days out once you start looking, local national trust & rspb parks are popular in our house 🙂

  27. Joanna Butler-Savage
    October 23, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    we just paint everything in sight preferably in the garden

  28. Gemma Rice
    October 23, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    We all sit round for a game of monopoly, with some nibbles on the table (Glass of wine for mum) always starts out fun until someone doesnt win!!

  29. Zoe Roxby
    October 23, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    We pack up some sandwiches and go metal detecting if its a miserable day we all sit in the living room popcorn and home cooked pizza bottle of pop duvets and movie day brilliant @ZoeRoxby

  30. Shelley Hawkins
    October 23, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    involving the kids with everyday tasks like peeling carrots or my 8 yr old was chuffed to be able to help me paint the lounge (seriously, this isn’t child labour!)

  31. Suzanne Cooke
    October 23, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    We have a pass to the local forest, with endless trails and a pool full of frogs we have lots of fun there.

  32. Stacey Tripconey
    October 23, 2013 / 4:32 pm

    We loving having a picnic at the park and sometimes have an ice-cream for a treat 🙂

  33. Tracy Nixon
    October 23, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    Great giveaway thanks! We are lucky enough to live by the beach and we also have a puppy so we go down on the beach almost everyday! In winter we enjoy the rockpools and in Summer we build sandcastles, paddle and have picnics – all free and keeps us healthy!

    October 23, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    we go swimming with Grandma in her hot tub and then watch a dvd whilst eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate, just like going out for a swim and a movie!

  35. ROSE
    October 23, 2013 / 4:40 pm

    We always bring a picnic for days out as even if the museum/ play park is free admission it’s the overpriced cafe that will catch you out!!

  36. Hayley Wells
    October 23, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Get a family & friends rail card and book tickets in advance for some fantastically cheap fares for days out. We just got to London from Teesside for £10 each and £2 for the little man. Amazing!

    October 23, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    A walk through the contryside

  38. Phil Darling
    October 23, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    We go and feed the ducks at a local lake

  39. Paul Bennett
    October 23, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    We were lucky enough to win a Chessington yearly pass for the family, so this year we have gone there lots

  40. michelle mccole
    October 23, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    We make our pizza’s from scratch and enjoy them whilst watching a film 🙂

  41. Alex
    October 23, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Go for a run

  42. John Tunnicliffe
    October 23, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    We tend to have an indoor picnic combined with a DVD. We place a picnic rug in front of the tv and have all the usual picnic goodies PLUS our two children make their own popcorn. If we time it right, we have pizza that’s leftover from previous tea time . Prawn crackers made at home are a great filler (and entertaining to watch!) stores such as Pound shops , Home Bargains and B&M are a great source of cheap treats.

  43. October 23, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    We like to bake cupcakes and decorate them with whatever we can find in the baking cupboard.
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  44. Lorraine Johnson
    October 23, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    We have great fun playing board games and card games with some home made pop corn to snack on.

  45. Honor
    October 23, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Go to the free museums and galleries around London there are so many nowadays with a packed lunch which we eat in the gardens, saves a fortune and there is always something new to see and quite often a number of free special exhibits.

  46. christine mcintyre
    October 23, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    Ours is Hire a film cook some popcorn make some pop in the soda stream and we all sit down and relax n/a

  47. sue h
    October 23, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    we go to the seaside, luckily it is quite near, but we always take our own supply of buckets and spades etc and a picnic. We spend all day there!

  48. Tracey Belchcer
    October 23, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Good Outdoor fun on the beach as we are very close. We build home made sledges and race down the shingle banks. When the weather is too rough then we love art and crafts and believe me can make almost anything out of a corn flake packet 🙂

  49. Zoe G
    October 23, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    We go for days out to free museums, also check for local free events, go to the kids AM club at the VUE cinema as it is really cheap, go for woodland walks, reservoirs etc

  50. Steve Thomas
    October 23, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    we love the old favourite of going to the swing park followed by a walk with the dog.

  51. Laura H
    October 23, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    As well as going to the library for books, cd’s and DVD’s, check out their regular craft activities that are very often FREE! Half term approaches so get in quick, incase you have to book a place!
    Also, our library has a film club membership – £45 for a whole year, two DVD’s at a time, but as many DVD’s as you like in that time! Fab for rainy days and weekends. Invest £5-£6 in a cheap popcorn maker and you need never buy expensive shop bought popcorn again too!
    Draw the curtains and curl up all together on the sofa!

  52. Joanne Darnell
    October 23, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    long dog walks and picnics

  53. Greig spencer
    October 23, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    go to the cinema when its 2 for 1

  54. liz denial
    October 23, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    on a rainy day have a picnic in the lounge with a picnic blanket & hamper

  55. Laura S
    October 23, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    We make use of the environment around us, whether it be going to the park, or the local forest. There’s plenty of fun to be had there and the kids always love it.

  56. October 23, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    Board games! Particularly word game like scrabble, they keep us going for hours!
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  57. Lyn Bosomworth
    October 23, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    during the winter we have cinema nights, we watch a DVD and have an indoor picnic

  58. Emma Hicks
    October 23, 2013 / 6:32 pm

    We go and explore the rock pools on the beach and have competitions to see who can find the most creatures!

  59. toni quandt
    October 23, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    A bag of popcorn and half price car wash night. Kids love it!!

  60. Susan Naylor
    October 23, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    We go for nature walks in our local woods

  61. October 23, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    My family loves a trip to the local independent cinema which is much cheaper than the big chains.
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  62. stef williams
    October 23, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    We either take a football to the park or if its raining, stick our wellies and raincoats on and jump in puddles
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  63. karen
    October 23, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    go to the local park – free playground , nature trails and a picnic

  64. FionaLynne Edwards
    October 23, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    In the summer, we like to do Treasure Hunts through the woods. In the winter, it’s board games with little bowls of treats to keep us going!

  65. Ashleigh Allan
    October 23, 2013 / 7:07 pm

    Trips to the park, movie days, trips to the woods or the beach, picnics, local events, trips to library and the musuem

  66. October 23, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    We like a good movie night too….Also an evening playing board games….Monopoly can fill a good couple of hours…hehehe
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  67. Michael Ambler
    October 23, 2013 / 7:10 pm

    We are very creative with LEGO if its wet!!. If its dry a walk and a picnic around the local nature reserve and if we really push the boat out an ice cream!!

  68. sarah bourner
    October 23, 2013 / 7:10 pm

    we pack up a picnic or bbq and head to kersney abby its beautiful there with nice walks and duck feeding and a lovely park you can fish for newts and watch the motor boats on the lake climb trees watch squirrels and paddle in the stream and finish of with an ice cream from the cafe i came here as a child took my children and now my grandchildren

  69. Rosie
    October 23, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    Family bike ride!

  70. Joyce Butler
    October 23, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    By making models out of cardboard boxes, tubes and sticky tape!

  71. Stacey Le Page
    October 23, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    We go on rambles, exploring our island, we take flasks of hot drinks with us on colder days and a picnic to eat in the car. We always hunt for things whether its stones from the beach or pine cones in the woods. Then we have something to craft with when we get back.

  72. Steven Scrase
    October 23, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    We keep a change jar that everything goes into each night. Each month this is enough for us to have a lovely family day out.

  73. Isabel O'Brien
    October 23, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    Rent a movie from the library.

  74. jasmin holland
    October 23, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    Pack a backpack with a picnic and take the dog on a very long walk on good weather days or make tents in the lounge with bed sheets and have a picnic inside, and much more for free as that’s as far as my budget will stretch to, but my kids love it 🙂

  75. Susan M
    October 23, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    We have family camping holidays. Our favourite site is really cheap per night and surrounded by woods, streams and a river, lots of wildlife, hills and a small village, so we’re never bored.

  76. Nicola lock
    October 23, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Our latest fun adventures have been collecting as many pine cones as possible from our local park, painting them and then putting them in our very bare flower borders to brighten the garden up.

  77. Sally Carter
    October 23, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    we like to get baking – crispy cakes decorated spookily, fairy cakes, biscuits etc. Hours of fun when the icing is made and added!

  78. Tracy Newton
    October 23, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    We too have a picnic in the park or on the beach. Or we build a den out of the clothes horse and quilts.

  79. hannonle
    October 23, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Luckily we live at the coast so the beach is always a no-cost option even in cooler weather.

  80. Hayley Wakenshaw
    October 23, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    We have a movie night at home every Friday. A DVD or a film on LoveFilm, sweeties bought from the supermarket, home made milkshakes, duvets and lots and lots of snuggles.

  81. Damien cutting
    October 23, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    There’s nothing more my kids like than the local park. And it’s free!

  82. Joanne Baldwin
    October 23, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Cinemas often have a kids club at the weekend, our local does early films on saturday and sunday for £1 a ticket which gives us all a great weekend treat.

  83. claire nutman
    October 23, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    We go to the beach or the park with a homemade picnic and play hide and seek or bug hunting. Quality time costs nothing!…….x

  84. Rebecca Maddocks
    October 23, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    Pizza and a Disney movie

  85. Marc Chivers
    October 23, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Play hide and seek

  86. Paula Hambly
    October 23, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Picnics at the beach in winter wearing warm clothes but sunglasses and sun hats and pretending we are somewhere hot and abroad!

  87. Sara Davis
    October 23, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    Print restaurant vouchers from the internet and all go out for a dinner 🙂

  88. Tracey Peach
    October 23, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    Our family love word seache’s so we buy cheap printer paper & print lots out, use pencils to fill them in the rub them out & do them again another time

  89. Melanie Dye
    October 23, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    If you have a good local attraction like a farm park or a zoo consider getting annual passes for it. The tickets usually pay for themselves in a couple of visits and you can just pack up a picnic and head there for a few hours without feeling like you’ve wasted money.

  90. Corrine John
    October 23, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    My family has fun on a budget using our blindfold game. We have a home-made poster on the back of my daughter’s bedroom door with a variety of activities to do including making paper aeroplanes, writing a letter and posting it, a random act of kindness, going to the park, baking cakes, having a staring competition, visit a friend/family member, go to the local farm, feeding the ducks, going to the library, having a picnic, dancing, going to the cinema etc and during the holidays each day I blindfold her and she has to randomly point to an activity and that is what we do for that day. My daughter loves it and we will be continuing this activity with the lil’ one we have on the way 🙂

  91. Rachael G
    October 23, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    We go for a walk along the beach, looking for interesting stones and counting the boats that we can see. We then share a bag of chips to warm up!

  92. Lindsey morris
    October 23, 2013 / 9:25 pm

    Making use of the children sure start centres they are FAB!

  93. Karen Barrett
    October 23, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    We live in a beautiful country and as a family we enjoy our most natural resources, the beach, woods, parks, countryside, local lakes and open spaces. We make our own entertainment be it rock hopping, picnicing, making sand pies or fishing in rock pools, collecting stones, shells, feathers, leaves, acorns and conkers. We laugh and play, talk and play games, we enjoy each others company, priceless in my opinion.

  94. Paul Wilson
    October 23, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    We like to spend time in the garden.

  95. Karen Barrett
    October 23, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    I have tweeted @chocolateonemse

  96. keshia esgate
    October 23, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    We have friends over and each brings some part of the meal. We then watch a movie or play board games 🙂

  97. Juanita Powers
    October 23, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    Cooking Cakes and sausage rolls then going to the park and having the cakes and Sausage rolls as snacks a whole days fun for a small spend x

  98. October 23, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    Baking is always fun and doesn’t cost a fortune! 🙂

  99. colette booth
    October 23, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    meet up with friends for soup and a sarni in the local parks on autumn days

  100. Alison Joyce
    October 23, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    My toddler likes decorating biscuits, any old rich tea will do as long as we can ice and decorate them.

  101. Bridget Anderson
    October 23, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    If the weather is fine, get out and about – bikes, scooters, walking – all good.
    If the weather is bad – family film with popcorn and treats or a few game of Wii bowling. Gets us all playing together.

  102. hajnalka salter
    October 23, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    coupons coupons coupons, freebies so I can save money on shopping.
    But my little boy love having a trike bike ride or just playing in the playground. we getting cozy all together in his play tent and we watching his favourite postman pat while we munching on one of my cake creations

  103. Snafflesmummy
    October 23, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    We make good use of our tesco club card rewards and use for days out

  104. Lynda
    October 23, 2013 / 10:21 pm

    At this time of the year the kids love to go for a walk and collect chestnuts. The kids love me to roast them so they can eat what they have collected as a treat

  105. Jill Webb
    October 23, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    A walk down Colehouse Fort with the dogs and a picnic after

  106. Anna
    October 23, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    We always cook at home. Homemade food is cheaper and healthier.

  107. Anna
    October 23, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    Have tweeted @anna8301

  108. Wendy Tibby Brown ?
    October 23, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    we go out on our bikes. it’s free (well, free + snax) and it’s fun, and we get fresh air and exercise and scenery. bonus, bonus and bonus!!

  109. Lauren
    October 23, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    Either watching a movie or some tv together!

  110. tina edwards
    October 23, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    by using vouchers for atrractions and making the most of free parks and museums

  111. anthony harrington
    October 23, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    for us it is having a nature ramble over the meadows, we collect leaves and petals etc, then come home and identify them and stick them into scrap books, very cheap and fun.

  112. Hannah Bee Griffin
    October 23, 2013 / 10:59 pm

    We love to go for walks. We gather things such as feathers, acorns, conkers and pinecones and take them home to craft with. We collected lots of twigs and sticks on one walk and took them home and made bug houses. We also love beach combing, we pack up a few sandwiches and a flask of hot choccy and head to the beach for the day. We are rather keen on gardening and have sunflower and pumpkin competitions to see who can grow the biggest. And of coarse we bake, Daddy’s tummy is getting bigger as he is chief taste Inspector

  113. Tracy P.
    October 23, 2013 / 11:04 pm

    We tend to visit our local park. Lots of conker picking going on at the moment!

  114. Rebecca M
    October 23, 2013 / 11:19 pm

    We go geocaching! Lots of fun in the countryside and it always brings us to a place we’d never have usually seen!

  115. Scott painter
    October 23, 2013 / 11:26 pm

    I love to get my kids playing in the garden with any spare sheets,and cardboard boxes around the washing poles to build a den/fort.Building like this is the most fun and its free,no toys will be as funny as this,guaranteed,i recommend all parents to do this.

  116. bubblybee
    October 24, 2013 / 12:07 am

    How does your family have fun on a budget?”

    We have movie night at home. My husband will make popcorn with our duck popper and the boys pick a movie. We have a home theater which makes it really like a cinema. It’s fun and the whole family enjoyed homemade caramel popcorn 🙂

  117. Joel Dawes
    October 24, 2013 / 12:29 am

    We are lucky enough to live by the sea… there’s nothing better than paddling in Summer and collecting interesting shells and fossils in the cooler months… and, of course, it’s completely free!

  118. Lynne OConnor
    October 24, 2013 / 2:12 am

    tweeted as @spanglisher

  119. Victoria
    October 24, 2013 / 2:13 am

    We have decided once baby has outgrown her first 0-3 month clothes we are going to cut them up and make it into a patchwork blanket for her for when she is a bit bigger in a child’s bed, so she has the memories and we have used them for another benefit rather than throwing them away, we are also using our left over floral material for our wedding invitations and decorations to make her a summer dress.

  120. Lynne OConnor
    October 24, 2013 / 2:15 am

    we like to do whatever Peppa Pig has been doing that week – making pancakes, playing a new game, going to the park etc.

  121. Gavin Atkinson
    October 24, 2013 / 4:03 am

    We love nothing more than a great game of Monopoly with a choice of take away for the winner.

  122. Alison Brown
    October 24, 2013 / 6:46 am

    We love to get creative in the kitchen. Everyone does something to create fabulous family meals and beautiful bakes!

  123. October 24, 2013 / 7:03 am

    We take some homemade cake and a flask of hot chocolate to the allotment and let the children dig in the mud and harvest our treasures.

  124. Emily Jayne Phipps
    October 24, 2013 / 7:47 am

    We love boardgames and crafts 🙂

  125. Ian Barnes
    October 24, 2013 / 7:52 am

    A bike ride always works for us

  126. Nancy Townsend
    October 24, 2013 / 8:19 am

    Pop some corn and play a board game.

  127. Judy Wright
    October 24, 2013 / 8:50 am

    We all pile in my bed and watch a film with snacks. The kids love it because they get to stay up a bit later 🙂

  128. Stephanie Whitehouse
    October 24, 2013 / 9:03 am

    We live in the country, so lots of walks, but best of all is going to the river ford to paddle or even swim

  129. Stephanie Whitehouse
    October 24, 2013 / 9:04 am

    tweeted at I want to win a £60 Amazon from @barclaycard via @babybudgeting #familybudgeting

  130. laura stewart
    October 24, 2013 / 9:05 am

    We would go to the park or a walk around the village

  131. Hazel Wright
    October 24, 2013 / 9:09 am

    We have never had money spare and have always found plenty of fun on a budget. Going for walks becomes adventures, messing with huge piles of autumn leaves, jumping in puddles and streams, climbing trees, making rope swings, picnics, treasure hunts….its endless and its far better to be using imagination to create entertainment!

  132. Hele R
    October 24, 2013 / 9:31 am

    We love making our own play/salt dough. Keeps the little one busy all day!

  133. Ben Potts
    October 24, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Baking is fairly cheap if you pick the right recipes. They can take a while to make properly as well so good entertainment for little outlay, especially when it goes well and you then get to eat it!

  134. Victoria
    October 24, 2013 / 9:51 am

    We like to go on family walks or bike rides along our local canal or in the woods 🙂

  135. toni arnott
    October 24, 2013 / 10:01 am

    By going for long bike rides

  136. Michelle Bamber
    October 24, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Build a den either outdoors or indoors in a corner somewhere and let them have a picnic lunch in their den all you need is a rug or blanket for the bottom and a couple of chairs and sheets for the top, my boys spend hours in their dens

  137. David Thomson
    October 24, 2013 / 11:46 am

    Play board games (Scrabble, Monopoly or Cluedo being our favourites), telly off, mobiles off, hot tea, coffee or cold milk, biscuit barrel wide open and go for it. Great fun.

  138. michelle dootson
    October 24, 2013 / 11:55 am

    visit our local park.take a loaf of bread and feed the ducks

  139. Sam Swain
    October 24, 2013 / 12:43 pm

    We take the kids out geocaching. It gets them out into the countryside, teaches them to read a map and they love to go treasure hunting!

  140. Samantha J
    October 24, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Walks through beautiful woods

  141. Vic
    October 24, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    We pack some sandwiches and treats and take the kites to the beach. Lots of fun, exercise and fresh air and all for virtually no cost. You don’t have to spend lots of money to have a great time!

  142. Vic
    October 24, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    We pack a picnic and go to the beach to fly our kites. Lots of fun, exercise and fresh air and the kids love it! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time!

  143. Em S
    October 24, 2013 / 1:37 pm

    We make homemade pizzas! Making the dough is messy but fun and then you get to pick your own toppings. It tastes so much better than a takeaway version, and it’s much cheaper.
    With a nice DVD or on-demand moviie, this is the perfect night-in on a budget for our family.

  144. Hannah Oneill
    October 24, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    Go to the beach!

  145. Kat Lucas
    October 24, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    We pack lunches for days out to save money

  146. Rosalind Sargent
    October 24, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    a family movie on tv with sweets and popcorn just like being at the cinema then we play Family games and get a takeaway as well I love these sort of days

  147. Rosalind Sargent
    October 24, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    a family movie on tv with sweets and popcorn just like being at the cinema then we play Family games and get a takeaway as well I love these lazy family days

  148. Sarah
    October 24, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    On a wet day we do snail racing along the garden wall…

    October 24, 2013 / 5:13 pm

    i enter competitions and occasionally win days out, tickets or once , a glamping trip at a zoo. we stayed in a tent bigger than my house and got to interact with some of the animals.

  150. Keith
    October 24, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    Camping can be fun and very cheap when you join the C&C Club

  151. Nichola Smith
    October 24, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    We go hunting for treasure! There is a river near by so me and my sister take a bag and collect interesting things like rocks and stones or shells etc. Simple but she loves it!

  152. clair downham
    October 24, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    playing on the wii or family movies

  153. Teresa Sheldon
    October 24, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    we love to go on adventures outdoors either walking in the woods/climbing trees, foraging or walks along the seafront, we also like to cook together

  154. Teresa Sheldon
    October 24, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    I tweeted

  155. Arran Stewart
    October 24, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    Walking around and spending the day at national trust properties 🙂

  156. Bob Clark
    October 24, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    At home playing cards or a board game

  157. Emma Bradshaw
    October 24, 2013 / 9:52 pm

    A nice walk or bike/scooter ride in the fresh air and then home for hot chocolate!
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  158. Christina Massue
    October 24, 2013 / 10:35 pm

    We have a karaoke machine so do karaoke nights.

  159. Bryony Marshall
    October 24, 2013 / 10:40 pm

    We sit outside and play ball games

  160. Lynsey Buchanan
    October 25, 2013 / 12:20 am

    We like to Hop on the Bus to a Local Park Called Calderglen Country Park where we can have a fun day for less than £10. They have a children’s Zoo which Costs £1 donation entrance ,the zoo has owls, marmosets, wallabies and watchful meerkats, who “guard” the zoo! also a small farm and reptile area . They also have fun days that the kids can take part in for free.

    In the park they have a a, large adventure play area with a sandpit and lots of Picnic Table so we can enjoy a lovely picnic outside. After the kids have been fed and had a good play we can then go for a lovely Nature trail in the park to the nearby Langlands Moss Local Nature Reserve.

    If the sun is shining we can have a lovely day for less than £10 but on a colder day we can still enjoy all the park has to offer but we can go to the historic Torrance House for lunch and warm up before hitting the nature trail, its great to see the changes with the seasons in the woods and this is always an adventure,.

  161. October 25, 2013 / 1:15 am

    We turn on the computer- load up YouTube or spotify( free music), clear a nice big open space in the front room & have a mini disco! 🙂

  162. Claire Toplis
    October 25, 2013 / 5:58 am

    We have a Bluray night
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  163. Louise Ball-Gray
    October 25, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    We enjoy going to the beach, digging sandcastles and rockpooling and maybe an ice cream to finish.

  164. Marc Casson
    October 25, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    Stay in and watch the telly.

  165. C Thompson
    October 25, 2013 / 4:27 pm

    We love to bake and cook together as a family. Great fun, creative, and good value for money!!

  166. CAROLE D
    October 25, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    Our favourite family thing to do on a budget is to visit one of our local museums and galleries. We are blessed to have several to choose from, and each one has so many diverse and interesting exhibits to see, we never get bored. They’re free to get into and we normally take snacks with us so it’s a really cheap, fun day out, with the added bonus of learning something too!!

  167. chloe
    October 25, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Go to wetherspoons for a steak or roast dinner on a sunday

  168. jayne hall
    October 25, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    we go to free activities

  169. Rob
    October 25, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    Go for a bike ride.

  170. Louise Asekokhai
    October 25, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    Joined a local community centre who host loads of free events for children.

    October 25, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    A movie and goodies night now the nights are drawing in

    October 25, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    We love to got ferreting around in the local woodlands colecting leaves, twigs etc for crafting back at the house.

  173. Rachel
    October 25, 2013 / 9:58 pm

    Lots of galleries and museums are free and they are great for children and families. Go there

  174. Bridgette Birkett
    October 26, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    we create a fort in our living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes and try and capture it from the kids

  175. Liz ferguson
    October 26, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    We live close to some rugged, secluded stretches of coastline, completely from of amusement arcades or any amenities!
    We take portable BBQ’s and all of our own supplies.
    This along with old fashioned bats, balls, buckets, spades make for a great day out.
    At the end of the day, the kids are happy tired .. instead of chewy tired, from amusements and junk food.

  176. Emma K
    October 26, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Various activities, bird watching as we live next to a river, walks, splashing in puddles, our world explorer game where we spin a globe and see where we stop it then pretend we’re in that country looking up animals, languages etc

    We also love board games and disney film night! 😀

  177. jane greenfield
    October 26, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    playing football in the park

  178. Lucy Bailey
    October 26, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    Going for a long walk

  179. theresa cooke
    October 26, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    Go to the park or feed the ducks

  180. Ann Robinson
    October 26, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    Downloading a film isn’t too expensive if its wet out, if its dry then parks and musuems.

  181. Laura Oxley
    October 26, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    We love to go on long walks, this weekend we will be hunting out conkers and pinecones for christmas decorations.

  182. Ellie M
    October 26, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    There’s so much to do even on a budget – get on our bikes to the park, splash in puddles, draw the curtains and put on a dvd, and always lots of free activities at the local library.

  183. Melanie C
    October 27, 2013 / 8:05 am

    In the summer, it’s definitely a picnic on the beach – throwing frisbees, building sand castles and splashing in the sea. In the winter, we bake seasonal cakes and go for rainy walks in the park (the dogs still need to go out, whatever the weather!) x
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  184. kim neville
    October 27, 2013 / 9:22 am

    going to the park otherwise a family film and play games

  185. Tressa herriott
    October 27, 2013 / 9:46 am

    We try and have a theme day every month for example for Halloween we are making a junk model spooky castle out of bits n bobs I have collected enjoy spooky tales by torchlight and bob for apples

  186. katrina walsh
    October 27, 2013 / 11:15 am

    walking the dog in the park and stopping off for a nice cold drink

  187. Michael Clyma
    October 27, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    We all head to the beach, and go hunting in rockpools for fosh, anenomes, shells etc, followed by skimming stones, then a bit of beachcombing, fantastic fun, totally free, memories to last forever

  188. Trudi
    October 27, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    We go to the nearest city, which is Birmingham and visit the markets and museums.

  189. Aimee R
    October 27, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Visiting a free museum or park 🙂

  190. Joseph Serrano
    October 27, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Go to free museums!

  191. Matthew Collins
    October 27, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    Go walking together in the woods and just around

  192. kerry taverner
    October 27, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    We are very lucky and live near the beach and some wonderful woods. Lots of free activities to be found there. Otherwise we take packed lunches to save spending money on horrid food at extortionate prices and look for 2for1 vouchers where possible.

  193. Ellen ostler
    October 27, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    We make our own cream teas at home and have a picnic together. We will also walk to the beach with the dog and get an ice cream. The simple pleasures are sometimes the nicest!

  194. Laura
    October 27, 2013 / 9:57 pm

    Board games and chocolate!

  195. Julie Davies
    October 27, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    We love going for long walks or bike rides and taking a lovely picnic

  196. Tina Holmes
    October 28, 2013 / 7:00 am

    Local pages to find cheap or free things to do in the area

  197. October 28, 2013 / 9:03 am

    We have family fun on a budget by making up our own games & crafts with everyday things from around the house, we love water painting outside on a sunny day or doing crafts with things we find outside like leaves pinecones, imagination costs nothing.

  198. Katherine Coldicott
    October 28, 2013 / 10:44 am

    Like you we also have a movie evening. Also we like to play board games and my children get to choose one each to play in the evening or day.

  199. Rachel McMillan
    October 28, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    We make use of the forest or beach near us – our daughter is easily entertained there

  200. October 28, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    On a budget? Get outside! Parks & the countryside are free and there’s loads of fresh air!
    In the spring (as long as you wrap up warm), everything looks new and beautiful. The summer gives us the occasional sunny day. Autumn is conker-hunting season and kids love the winter snow!
    Use any budget you have for packed lunches to save even more money.
    Great fun!
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  201. karen cowley
    October 29, 2013 / 12:46 am

    We have a film night once a week, this week will be a scary (ish) film for halloween, We all enjoy it and is what we can afford at the moment, In the summer we take camping holidays and make the most of what we have got but always have the best fun xxx

  202. wendy davis
    October 29, 2013 / 8:44 am

    invest in some games and have a family night once a week where we play games watch a film and eat popcorn

  203. Vivienne Wilkes
    October 29, 2013 / 11:35 am

    Taking the dogs out and making cakes together!

  204. Amy Ripley
    October 29, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    Taking a walk in the woods!

  205. Suzie Kemp
    October 29, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    Over the park on our scooters the kids love it and a picnic.

    October 29, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    A walk in the woods with the dog, we take a list of items to collect, the longest twig, the biggest leaf, a feather, it can be the most fun!!!

  207. Tam B
    October 29, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    We make use of all the free venues and beauty spots within our area.

  208. Carol Egan
    October 29, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    We are lucky to live in a rural area – so we take a picnic lunch and walk along by the river and feed the ducks, swans and moorhens

  209. stephen holman
    October 29, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    we go for walks to places where hopefully all you pay is for car parking or otherwise buy a national trust family membership and make full use of it !! 🙂

  210. bev morgan
    October 29, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    On a budget. Going for a walk in the hills with the children and taking a picnic with us with lots of tasty sacks to keep us going

  211. TS
    October 29, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    going to local museums and art galleries

  212. jude dysart
    October 29, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    Go for a walk along the coast

  213. Julie Guy
    October 29, 2013 / 9:08 pm

    We like to have a movie night, with a nice takeaway.

  214. Natalie Crossan
    October 30, 2013 / 2:16 am

    We go for walks as we’re lucky enough to live next to Brighton beach 🙂

  215. Nyasha Mtutu
    October 30, 2013 / 9:12 am

    We go for a walk and feed the ducks…never gets old

  216. kelly dove
    October 30, 2013 / 10:37 am

    Taking the dog for a walk in different village’s and taking a picnic. you get to see different village’s for the cost of fuel.

  217. Nicola Holland
    October 30, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    Don’t pay for parking….park further away and walk as exercise is good for you, and the saved money can be used on treats like ice-creams which make the day memorable.

  218. julie baxter
    October 30, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    we visit the local national parks, museums etc but if its raining we will have a family movie day and do arts and crafts at home out of stuff we already have. i collect little containers and old cereal boxes, loo rolls for them to make stuff out off.

    we also stick google eyes on odd socks that we cant find the pair too to make sock puppets 🙂

  219. Fran Light
    October 30, 2013 / 2:42 pm

    We have fun making things from items that would otherwise be destined for the recycling bin … we recently made a fairytale castle for my daughter’s Barbie doll using old cardboard boxes, kitchen roll tubes, pink poster paint and left over pieces of fabric. We have also made pencil pots, kites, a bed for ‘Troy the teddy’ and also sorts of other fun things. As well as being a cheap way to spend a rainy afternoon, it also gives me quality time with my daughter and teaches her to think twice before throwing anything away.

  220. Sue Jackson
    October 30, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    Coupons and freebies generally!

  221. Maxine Owen
    October 30, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    I always try to look for vouchers to save money on days out and take a picnic.

  222. olivia kirby
    October 30, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    We go geocaching and we invest in an annual pass to National Trust. We see this as donating to charity and we have a fabulous property closeby to us, with an amazing play area and lots to do.

  223. olivia kirby
    October 30, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    I also tweeted @olivia280177

  224. Ann Skamarauskas
    October 30, 2013 / 8:31 pm

    We have a mystery drive where the younger ones and their friends direct me where to drive and we see where it takes us

  225. cheryl lovell
    October 30, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    We always search for vouchers or use our tesco points

  226. julie perry
    October 30, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    We get lots of family games out with treats as prizes and have pizza and hot dogs 🙂

  227. vicki hennie
    October 30, 2013 / 10:43 pm

    movie and wii nights

  228. Victoria leedham
    October 30, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    Homemade play doh, corn flour gloop, painting and long walks in the woods

  229. Lauren Main
    October 31, 2013 / 12:39 am

    going to the park never gets old! Feeding the ducks!

  230. Frances Heaton
    October 31, 2013 / 5:09 am

    We are currently having fun trying to make easy Origami shapes. Stars are quite easy, but birds are harder. Children love it and paper’s so cheap.

  231. Alison Smith
    October 31, 2013 / 6:05 am

    We go for picnics in the park, or on colder days movies at home with hot chocolate and popcorn. I also love the cheap cinema kids mornings, our local cinema is £1 per person 🙂

  232. Victoria Smith
    October 31, 2013 / 7:37 am

    We are very fortunate to have some beautiful parks nearby so walks and fun in the park

  233. Kirsty Woods
    October 31, 2013 / 9:00 am

    We go to our allotment, my kids love helping. They pick fruit and veg for me, collect the eggs and they have a swing, slide and sandpit there too. They love it 🙂

  234. Phyllis Ellett
    October 31, 2013 / 9:21 am

    We lucky to live near the sea, so there is miles of free play area called the beach that cost nothing. Its open all year round too.

  235. Sarah Bull
    October 31, 2013 / 9:31 am

    Look at websites like Netmums for free events and listings. Free parks, forests and museums are always fun too. Taking your own picnic and drinks also keeps the costs down.

  236. Sheila Hodgson
    October 31, 2013 / 9:33 am

    Have a themed tea where the kids make the table decorations and in the case of Halloween dress up too. Ideas have included colours, different cuisines and shapes

  237. Angela Williams
    October 31, 2013 / 9:33 am

    We have picnics and movie nights in with microwave pop corn

  238. Jasmina K.
    October 31, 2013 / 10:18 am

    Making a mess in the kitchen while preparing a dessert and dinner together. And later a puzzle with the whole family.

  239. Sara wilson
    October 31, 2013 / 10:41 am

    We make everything fun, cooking unusual things for a picnic. Cinema nites with homemade treats. Introducing toys that haven’t been played with for a while. Fun art design using paper towels and markers

  240. Danielle a
    October 31, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Go to the park and take the children’s bikes, scooters or their dolls prams. Also pack some snacks so they won’t ask for money.
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  241. Sara wilson
    October 31, 2013 / 10:42 am

    I tweeted @tinkerbell34

  242. October 31, 2013 / 10:44 am

    We don’t tend to go to the cinema unless we’ve won some cinema tickets (yes I enter competitions love it or hate it, i find it fun and we win sometimes which is even better!) instead we have family movie nights, watching a film on tv (channel 5 on a Sunday afternoon is great!) with home made popcorn (or bags of it from Lidl for less than £1). We have curry night, Sainsburys basics Curry sauce makes a great vegetable curry and we have pitta bread instead of naan! Both my boys are young, so they love woodland walks and muddy puddle splashing, we take a flask and flapjacks (home made!). It’s Halloween today, and we’re using newspaper and paint to make spooky decorations! Tonight we’re going out using tesco clubcard vouchers which we used on a deal to get restaurant vouchers.. there’s more but haha sorry I’m sure you didn’t want an essay! x
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  243. Julie Long
    October 31, 2013 / 10:48 am

    Bike rides are great.
    We often pack a picnic and cycle until we find somewhere lovely to stop, usually in a field near some animals or at a large park.

  244. Sharon Griffin
    October 31, 2013 / 10:48 am

    i am lucky enough to live by the sea so plenty of rockpooling, picnics and beach combing activities x

  245. stacey kirkbride
    October 31, 2013 / 11:30 am

    trips to the park

  246. Chrissy Faery
    October 31, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    Creating lots of art and crafts together and going for long walks in the woods! 🙂 x

  247. Katie Walker
    October 31, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful rural area. I will go out and create a nature trail. Putting down arrows with sticks or chalk and attach riddles to trees by paper. My partner will then go out with the kids and follow the trail. I will create challenges along the way. So a quick sum or reading challenge or creating art out of leaves and trees . It is a bit of work but they love it

  248. Karen wright
    October 31, 2013 / 1:58 pm

    Go to the park or do puzzle & painting x

  249. Wanda Malt
    October 31, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    We use household rubbish for arts no crafts and we love baking

  250. Lisa Smith
    October 31, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Going for a walk to the park to feed the ducks.

  251. leanne williams
    October 31, 2013 / 3:20 pm

    walking the dog in the park and stopping off for a nice cold drink

  252. Clint Howat
    October 31, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    Visiting free events

  253. October 31, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    baking together! Or going for a walk on the beach.

  254. elisa wright
    October 31, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    In dry weather the park when its raining (which is way too often!) a museum

  255. shazz
    October 31, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    We use local parks as they are free and have picnics.

  256. Lindy Hine
    October 31, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    The beach or the coast is always great and you can find some entertainment whether its sunny or rainy!

  257. Anna Emslie
    October 31, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    We live by the sea so for us a good day out is a picnic at the seafront, a nice stroll along the beach and a traditionally made ice cream. Lots of lovely antique shops for us and lots of arcades and rides for the kids.

  258. jane steels
    October 31, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    we rent out a movie and share a bag of popcorn

  259. Mark Thomas
    October 31, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    We make a day of it and cycle to the park to feed the ducks and geese and then ride our bikes to visit other family members. By the end of the day everyone is tired.

  260. Becky Downey
    October 31, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    watch a movie from actual free television!

  261. Becky Downey
    October 31, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    I tweeted

  262. kate andrews
    October 31, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Walks with the dogs, and getting creative in the kitchen with leftovers and what’s in the cupboard when cooking with the kids

  263. kate andrews
    October 31, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    I tweeted @bazzingapest

  264. Kelly Hooper
    October 31, 2013 / 8:38 pm

    We bake cookies and cake, lots of fun and it means we have treats to eat after 😀

  265. carol phile
    October 31, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    we walk the dog over the fields and up the wood and down the park and round the playing fields and play ball and run after conkers and…let’s just say we walk the dog 🙂

  266. angela hedley
    October 31, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    every school holidays my 2 older boys are kept busy – And my 3 year old also has lots of fun and hobbies. If you search, there is loads to do for kids for free or really cheap. Sure start centres offer loads of activities for free or cheap, for little ones and for school ages kids, check out your local councils websites. loads of pages around too advising of cheap things to do! My boys have done canoeing football courses and crafts – for free!
    Your kids grow up so very quickly, enjoy as much precious time with them as you can, and cherish every moment , Not having much money doesnt have to prevent fun- I can confirm that!x

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  268. Jenette ogborn
    October 31, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    we are a family of 7 so going out is very expensive, we spend lots of time in local parks, feeding ducks, building camps/hide-outs. Love to go for picnics and we now take a bird book with us to identify the wild birds.

  269. Kirsten Barthy
    October 31, 2013 / 9:08 pm

    Play in the park

  270. Lynn Savage
    October 31, 2013 / 9:14 pm

    We collect allsorts of ‘rubbish’ in a big box and when full we use the contents to construct various things, it depends where our imaginations take us.

  271. Hannah Smith
    October 31, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    Just enjoying each other’s company

  272. karen herbert
    October 31, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    In the winter we pack hot dogs in a flask and some rolls and head up to the nearby forest. Go for a lovely walk with the dog then tuck in to our Hot dog picnic when we get back to the car- lush!

  273. Steve Miles
    October 31, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    Gruffalo hunting in the woods

  274. Anne Charlee Brookes
    October 31, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    We take our dogs to the local nature reserve.

  275. Harry Baker-Farmer
    October 31, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    Go for a walk in a nice park or field somewhere!

  276. Ellen Stafford
    October 31, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    Going for nice walks searching for Geocaches.

  277. Maddy
    October 31, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    We head up into the woods & build a den, or down to the stream for a spot of dam building. Doesn’t matter if it’s raining as we’re bound to get wet anyhow!

  278. Paula Harvey
    October 31, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    We live near the coast and have nice walks to the priory and the lighthouse, sometimes stopping for a dig around the rockpools 😀

  279. maddalena dalton
    October 31, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    A cycle ride and picnic

  280. Nancy Bradford
    October 31, 2013 / 11:13 pm

    We like to go for a picnic at our local country park.

  281. Denise S
    October 31, 2013 / 11:18 pm

    We make the most of free open days and comp wins – we’ve had some great family days out this way.

  282. Susan Hoggett
    October 31, 2013 / 11:36 pm

    We love a walk along the sea front

  283. Sarah Parker
    October 31, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    play in the parks 🙂

  284. Sarah Parker
    October 31, 2013 / 11:54 pm

    I tweeted @snarepuss

  285. kayti scott
    October 31, 2013 / 11:56 pm

    jigsaws and board games and loads of sweets

  286. Gwyn
    November 1, 2013 / 12:20 am

    We like to go for a walk along the canal with the dog, a flask of tea, a cheese and tomato sandwich and some food for the ducks. We’ll go in the rain too – splashing in puddles with wellies is fun!

  287. Robyn Logan Clarke
    November 1, 2013 / 12:26 am

    We have “art days”, we use relatively cheap art supplies and raid the recycling bin
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  288. jodie harvey
    November 1, 2013 / 12:37 am

    we love to take a walk up the woods(cannock chase) usually take a picnic and ball, or some wellies for the puddles if its a wet day. its great fun and we all enjoy it 🙂

  289. Samantha Rummens
    November 1, 2013 / 12:50 am

    Walking the dog in the woods

  290. alice lightning
    November 1, 2013 / 12:58 am

    snap, as above we live next o a beach so walking in he sand paddling hill walking too fresh air lots to see always enjoy the days out

  291. Danika Lloyd
    November 1, 2013 / 1:17 am

    picking one of our many activities written on lollipop sticks out of a jar – includes, things like dress up, board games, draw each other etc.

  292. lyn burgess
    November 1, 2013 / 1:28 am

    We take it in turns on most Sundays to choose something to do as a family.. It could be going to the cinema, making pizzas, doing some craft, going swimming,etc. The only rules are that it cannot be expensive, and it must be something we can all do together.

  293. Penny Hannibal
    November 1, 2013 / 3:33 am

    We go for a walk to the park with the dog and take a picnic with us 🙂

  294. Valerie Kay
    November 1, 2013 / 4:49 am

    £1 cinema tickets on Sunday 🙂

  295. jessica newman
    November 1, 2013 / 6:26 am

    We go to our local zoo, an annual card is fairly inexpensive and there is so much for the kids to see and do

  296. Linda Allen
    November 1, 2013 / 7:22 am

    We keep an eye out on the internet for free offers, its a great place to find freebees

  297. Kirsty Sparks
    November 1, 2013 / 7:57 am

    We look out for offers on the internet for cheap days out or meals in restaurants and stuff.

  298. Mariann Harangi
    November 1, 2013 / 8:10 am

    We cycle to the local park, play and have a picnic.

  299. Sarah Cooper
    November 1, 2013 / 8:13 am

    Go geocaching

  300. Bex allum
    November 1, 2013 / 8:18 am

    We always use vouchers, tickles, groupon, spree. We never pay full price for a day out 🙂 taking food for a day at the zoo is a way to save money also as food can be so expensive.

  301. Pauline Burroughs
    November 1, 2013 / 8:54 am

    We play lets build – I keep a box full of scraps of paper, cardboard, ribbons from cards and any other interesting bits from packaging (all free) and we make something. We all have to take turns adding a bit and we never know what it’s going to turn into. The kids love it x

  302. Hayley Todd
    November 1, 2013 / 9:16 am

    There are lots of fun things you can do on a budget. We often go for long nature walks, taking a picnic with us, and try to find as many different wild-flowers and trees, and wildlife as we can. We have a ‘movie-day’ watching lots of DVD’s with popcorn, sweets and other goodies ~ it costs barely anything as you can pick up so many cheap DVD’s in your local supermarket now! We are also lucky enough to live pretty close to a lovely beach, so we can go here all year round, either to sunbathe and paddle with a picnic, or in the winter to go for lovely walks looking for shells!

  303. Hayley Todd
    November 1, 2013 / 9:16 am

    I have tweeted as @solarsangel x

  304. Jo Booth
    November 1, 2013 / 9:30 am

    Having a friend over to play or sleepovers are a good way of them having fun, they can have fun making pizza and renting a dvd from the library. All make it affordable to keep them entertained 🙂

  305. Melanie Burton
    November 1, 2013 / 9:37 am

    We go to the museums in London. We are fortunate to live in London, so we can take full advantage of all the fantastic free museums!

  306. Melanie Burton
    November 1, 2013 / 9:39 am

    I have tweeted under @janesands1000. Fantastic prize!!

  307. neil murphy
    November 1, 2013 / 9:41 am

    We like to go for walks around the coast or nature parks and when we’re out and about we always check on the oficcial website of the place we’re visiting to see what free attractions their are. Manchester Museum is a favourite free attraction of ours as you can’t beat the dinosaur for the kids.

  308. Elisha Cook
    November 1, 2013 / 9:58 am

    In the Winter we enjoy wrapping the kids up and getting into their wellies, packing some snacks and a flask full of hot chocolate and trekking to the local park gardens. The kids love letting off some steam, splashing in the puddles and collecting conkers! Then we all huddle up on the beach drinking hot chocolate and eating snacks 🙂

  309. charlie Leigh James
    November 1, 2013 / 10:16 am

    I usually go to free parks or go to free entry days out.

  310. Trudi Walsh
    November 1, 2013 / 10:16 am

    Heaton Park is a good place to take them, we take a few sarnies & drinks, they have a farm & the kids love seeing all the animals

  311. nikki cook
    November 1, 2013 / 10:30 am

    The forest is so much fun for children..and lots now have a picnic area etc

  312. mark adkins
    November 1, 2013 / 10:47 am

    Natural History Museum in London, so much free fun and learning to be had

  313. Ruth Manton
    November 1, 2013 / 10:59 am

    We do some baking or crafts in the house, we make it fun by doing holiday themes or characters.

  314. Ruth Davies
    November 1, 2013 / 11:03 am

    We go to the sea side we live very close. Visit the seal sanctuary if wet and take a pack lunch

  315. Kirsty Harrington
    November 1, 2013 / 11:33 am

    We throw a few sandwiches in a bag and go biking!

  316. alison johnson
    November 1, 2013 / 11:41 am

    We pack some sandwiches and a flask and go the Yorkshire Moors with the dog. Kids and dog love it x

  317. laura franks
    November 1, 2013 / 11:41 am

    I think others have said this too but it is still a fave, we go to our fave wildlife park or/and zoo. Marwell is our fave, a great place with a roads train that is free so you can hop on and off. Also there always seems to be something new to do there.

  318. Tara Davies
    November 1, 2013 / 11:43 am

    The children love baking, so we make our pizza’s and cookies on the weekend, which the children love. We then settle down to few movies on sky , it’s much cheaper than ordering a take away and lots of fun too !

  319. dean franks
    November 1, 2013 / 11:43 am

    We either go to the zoo/wildlife park or we pack a picnic and head out into the countryside.

  320. Tara Davies
    November 1, 2013 / 11:46 am

    Tweeted as Taradavies1Tara 🙂 x

  321. Christina
    November 1, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    We love to play board-games and go to Ikea! We also love to do mini crafting/DIY projects together using charity shops buys. It’s so good to be creative!

  322. debbie abbott
    November 1, 2013 / 12:19 pm

    My daughter is 2 so we get into a lot of places for just the cost of my ticket. However, I do look online for cheap days out ie the free farm days that happen quite a lot. We also take a picnic to save money on food

    November 1, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    Go to all the free free museums in London. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are particularly good for children as there are a lot of interactive things on offer here. Also the V&A Museum of Childhood and the Bank of England Museum.

  324. rachael jones
    November 1, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    we like to hit the beach !

  325. Farhana
    November 1, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    We make use of offers, deals or coupons for days out or picnic in the park or look for free entry farms etc

  326. Emma Doherty
    November 1, 2013 / 12:44 pm

    We build a fort using sheets and blankets and have a slumber party with homemade popcorn and old taped videos and sometimes search for funny YouTube videos.

  327. Nicola Atkins
    November 1, 2013 / 12:44 pm

    We take our dog to the local beach then stop off for an ice cream on the way home

  328. Amanda Olley
    November 1, 2013 / 12:52 pm

    We have games nights, play lots of fun board games we have with popcorn

  329. Renate Kriegler Edwards
    November 1, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    We play tourist in our own city – looking for new hidden gems in the inner city, and fantastic outdoor experiences on the outskirts.

  330. Maria Barton
    November 1, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    We live near a forest so at this time of yyea it hunting for nuts x

  331. nicola Brittain
    November 1, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    It has to be orange Wednesday at the cinema where its 2 4 1 and we pop over to poundland and stock up on snacks to take in ! A trip to the cinema at a fraction of the price 🙂

  332. November 1, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    We go for walks in the woods and down by the canal.

  333. Valerie Thorpe
    November 1, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    Well we live in a seaside town and there is always a lot of free entertainment on in the summer, or we can go to the beach and have a BBQ

  334. Chris Fletcher
    November 1, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    Living in London means that there is always the free museums and galleries- we are spoilt for choice in the capital!

  335. Lucy Mayer
    November 1, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    We have picnics with friends in gardens or local parks

  336. Joy Bingham
    November 1, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    We put our welly boots on and head to the local forest park and jump into puddles, feed the horses in a nearby field and throw leaves! Then we head to the chipshop and buy some chips and eat them in the car – bliss!

  337. claire wilkinson
    November 1, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    we go for nice walks with a picnic, football, cricket set

  338. Sarah Davies
    November 1, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    We get crafty. Yesterday we were making a doll’s house out of a cardboard box, with mini picture frames for the windows. We spent ages cutting and sticking slate coloured card roof tiles. It’ll be an ongoing project decorating and making furniture and accessories.

  339. Rachel Low
    November 1, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    By getting in touch with nature we collect stones to paint, collect twigs to build, we love walking by the seaside and embracing good conversation, laughter and nature!

  340. adrian price
    November 1, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    walking and playing with the dog

  341. LORNA WIL
    November 1, 2013 / 2:45 pm

    We go to beautiful country sides with historical interest and parks where there are a safe playground for them. The kids has to look out for historical items and they all get a treat to spent their money in the shop at the end of the day.

  342. lowri earith
    November 1, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    we try and split the cost of days out with my brother and sister in law and their kids

  343. Sarah N
    November 1, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    We go for a walk along the beach and collect interesting stones and shells.

  344. Dawn Totton
    November 1, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    In good weather we will go for a walk to the nearby lake to feed the swans and ducks.

  345. Lian Hunt
    November 1, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    Games night. Love them, we all sit down with a tub of popcorn and play games all night.

  346. Sue Robinson
    November 1, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    I enter lots of competitions to win tickets to fun places, failing that I use discount vouchers to buy tickets to make sure we can use our budget on having fun

  347. Linda Bunning
    November 1, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    We go for walks and have a picnic with our favourite foods. Its a time to wind down, enjoy each others company.

  348. Daniel Reid
    November 1, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    We go walking, it’s free! It’s great to get out and enjoy the sights and the fresh air

  349. Glen
    November 1, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Staying in with a good film and snacks is always popular as is dancing to music on Spotify (free). I personally like it when the weather’s nice and we can go and run around in the countryside for nothing but the cost of petrol.

  350. November 1, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Huddling round the TV to watch a cracking family movie with the lights low and a crackling fire warming us up nearby 🙂

  351. emma weaver
    November 1, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    We have movie days or go out to the park.

  352. michelle bennett
    November 1, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Depends on the season, kids make a flower book of dried flowers in the summer. Collect leaves for painting during the autumn. They make nature books and draw bugs and things animals in that they see and then at the end of the 6 week holidays we look through it all. We do not really go out during the holidays and actually pay for things very often

  353. Lauren Old
    November 1, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    We’re lucky that we only live a few miles from the beach, so in the summer we can spend the day there with a picnic and some games, and in the winter we can go for walks along the coast.

  354. zoe matthewman
    November 1, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    picnics, nature walks, park, cheap cinema tickets, arts and crafts with household papers wastes boxes toilet tubes etc. Anything can be made fun with a little imagination on a budget

  355. Christine Bray
    November 1, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    We go for mature walks find different colour leaves and stick them into our nature book! Great fun

  356. andrea lloyd
    November 1, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    we cut out vouchers in newspapers 2 for 1 deals etc

  357. Helen
    November 1, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    Going swimming does not cost too much

  358. Mary
    November 1, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    In the winter we have indoor camping sessions where we make a den and have indoor picnics.

  359. Lisa
    November 1, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    Free swimming for the kids at the local pool, a trip to a country park with a homemade picnic, or simply building a den in the living room to watch movies!!

  360. jenny reynolds
    November 1, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    love going to a local woods for a good walk and play around then sit under a tree for a picnic .

  361. Jay Hill
    November 1, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    Trips to the park and taking part in activities run by the local library

  362. @sasofsussex
    November 1, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    We live near the beach so we go to throw stones and have a nice walk. Afterwards, we have either an ice cream or a hot chocolate & cake depending on the weather!

  363. Jill Fairbank
    November 1, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    We have an annual membership and make use of great facilities and outdoor fun at their properties and grounds

  364. Stephen Dittrich
    November 1, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Basic pizza, customized by us with added cheese, mushrooms & bacon, plus garlic bread and then microwaved popcorn, all eaten while watching a film at home! Cheap or what?

    November 1, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    We play mini olympic games!

  366. Karen Dixon
    November 1, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    Get coupons and freebies of freebie sites and win free stuff 😉

  367. Rebecca Kingston
    November 1, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    We go to our local cinema on 241 🙂

  368. Wendy Tolhurst
    November 1, 2013 / 7:42 pm

    As a family of six, days out can be quite expensive. However, we have two dogs and we all love going out with the dogs. We go to all sorts of different places, such as the seaside (usually out of season so we can walk the dogs on the beach), local parks, where the youngest can ride bikes or scooters, or through woodland, where a tree can become a new camp, or hidey-hole. We often take picnics and either eat them somewhere on our walk or, if too cold, we eat when we get back to the car. A fun day out is only limited by the imagination.

  369. lisa tebbutt
    November 1, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    go to beach with the family

  370. Hannah Whitling
    November 1, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    Getting dressed suitably for the weather and going for long walks with the dog, exploring different areas of countryside around where we live, taking a picnic when it is nice weather, making a day of it by packing a picnic and lots of different activities like books, portable painting stuff, and enjoy being outdoors making pictures and playing. Go to the park, go for bike rides, Take a day trip to the beach or a nature reserve or farm park. Investigate online at what local places are doing reduced or free admissions for places we haven’t been to before. Have ‘Craft days’ where we get all the crafty things out and get messy. And of course, watching a film together, I record lots of films as they come on TV so I always have plenty to do a home cinema afternoon with and have popcorn and sweets. Theres loads of things to do if you just use your mind.

  371. Richard Hill
    November 1, 2013 / 8:21 pm

    We stay local to save on fuel and make the most of whatever fine weather we have.

  372. Amy Grange
    November 1, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    I love going to the woods this time of year with the family. So much to see and feel. We even take a flask of hot chocolate if its cold!

  373. maggie ali
    November 1, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    We go to local parks, look for 2for1 offers, search the internet for free events or simply sit in front of DVD with lights off and bags of popcorn 🙂

  374. Karen Painter
    November 1, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    We take a long walk in the countryside with the dog and gather whatever is in season from blackberries to conkers.

  375. MARK
    November 1, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    make our own cakes

  376. Kelly Roberts
    November 1, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    We go to the local museum which is free, the kids love it and they usually have activities to do in there

  377. Naomi Buchan
    November 1, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Family dayrider and a picnic. On and off trains all over West Yorkshire for the day, its great fun x

  378. Kirsty Partridge
    November 1, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    We either go to the Park, feed the ducks or go to our local Museum which is free 🙂

  379. natalie holland
    November 1, 2013 / 9:49 pm

    We go to museums and art galleries – plenty of free ones and the kids always have a good time!

  380. natalie holland
    November 1, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    I tweeted @starcatch3r thank you x

  381. jackie rushton
    November 1, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    By going for simple walks in the park

  382. carly benson
    November 1, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    we are big on coupon shopping and what we save we put aside for days out as a family its a little incentive plan to get everyone involved

  383. Emma Ellison
    November 1, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    We save up our clubcard vouchers to turn into days out vouchers & join look out for 241’s etc…otherwise something as simple as picnic in the garden with the plastic tea set is fun 🙂

  384. Katie Walden Hall
    November 1, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    A trip to the park 🙂

  385. Kim W
    November 1, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    A picnic in one of many parks is fun, take a ball and a few toys as well. or make up a nature trail (I loved setting trails as a Girl Guide and following them).

  386. sarah gray
    November 1, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    I make up our food and snacks at home, so even if we are then a captive audience we can eat for relatively little cost, which means the budget stretches that little bit further. BOG off offers, discounts, loyalty schemes – you name it, we do it!
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  387. Jeremy Andrews
    November 1, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    We save up Tesco Club card points and get vouchers for theme parks and zoos.

  388. Angela Wilcox
    November 1, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    We go for walks along the cycle path near us or to nearby forests and take a picnic. Kids love it and can have a good run around and explore

  389. Sam Furniss
    November 1, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    A visit to the local rare breeds farm

  390. Debbie Creasey
    November 1, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    we go on the Brighton pier and then for a walk along the seafront if it is a nice day 😀

  391. Mandy Wan
    November 1, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    I look on my local council website to see if there are any free activities taking place or i take them to the museums.

  392. Andrea Morton
    November 1, 2013 / 11:54 pm

    We go to the library and then the playground.

    November 2, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Going bird-watching, we live in the country, to see how many different species we can spot. @Quackerjill

  394. Anna
    November 22, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    The same like you, we love picnics @anna8301

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