Savvy dad’s cash-saving tips for keeping kids occupied during half term — plus book your Hols From £9.50


KIDS can be costly. We spend HALF our salary on children according to a recent study.

That is a huge cut of your cash and special events, such as half term and holidays, can seriously top this up.

 Money blogger Olly Cator is the founder of Savvydad.co.uk

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Money blogger Olly Cator is the founder of Savvydad.co.uk

I spoke to dad Olly Cator, founder of savvydad.co.uk, for a few of his cash-saving tips for keeping kids occupied . . .

PANCAKE DAY: Want to save pounds on your pancakes?

Olly says: “There’s a savvy gluten-free two ingredient pancake recipe on my website. But, another tip is don’t buy expensive maple syrups or toppings. Instead, raid those cupboards, freezers and fridges to use up leftover jams, chutneys and cheeses.”

DINING OUT: Eating out with kids adds up, and it can become stressful if you are a parent to a picky eater. But there are ways you can enjoy plenty of choice, for less.

Olly says: “There’s a brilliant company called Kids Pass, which offers discounts on different things and they’ll do a one pound trial for 30 days.

“Part of that gives you access to loads of free meals at different venues, such as on Prezzo, Frankie & Benny’s and Giraffe and also Brewers Fayre.”

 Save pounds on your pancakes by using up leftover jams

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Save pounds on your pancakes by using up leftover jamsCredit: Alamy

CINEMA TRIPS: Cinema trips can set you back — so look out for deals.

Olly says: “I think the cinema is one of my biggest bugbears because to get a family out for it, it’s super expensive, but there are loads of deals about at the moment. Groupon has an Odeon offer for two tickets for £10 pounds at the moment, or five tickets for £20.”

WORLD BOOK DAY: Olly says: “Organise a ‘Swap Shop’ with friends, or encourage your school to host one before the day to avoid the unneeded expense and reduce waste. If you are intent on buying your children new World Book Day outfits, consider outlets such as B&M — there is often an array of costumes in end-of-line clearances.

“Or you could raid the grandparent’s wardrobe to help your kids rock the ‘Gangsta Granny’ look.”

Deal of the day

 Watch Avengers End Game at IMAX for just £3 a ticket

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Watch Avengers End Game at IMAX for just £3 a ticket

CINEWORLD is hosting its annual IMAX festival with four big films, including Avengers End Game and The Lion King, available today only, for just £3 a ticket.

Cheap treat

 Six Muller Light yoghurts are now £3 at Tesco

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Six Muller Light yoghurts are now £3 at Tesco

GET six individual Muller Light yoghurts for £3 at Tesco. Usually 70p a pot.

SAVE: £1.20

Reader’s saving tip

MARILYN WOOD, from Bristol, says: “Save all old toothbrushes for cleaning jobs they are a cheap, easy blessing for cleaning awkward areas.”

  • Share suggestions at sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you will get 28 codes, worth £5, if yours is used here. Please include your name and town.
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Top swap

 The Goodfellas margherita pizza is £2.25 at Tesco

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The Goodfellas margherita pizza is £2.25 at Tesco
 A similar Asda cheese & tomato pizza is just 70p

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A similar Asda cheese & tomato pizza is just 70p

FAKEAWAY for even less with an Asda cheese & tomato pizza for just 70p. It’s much cheaper than the Goodfellas margherita pizza for £2.25 at Tesco.

SAVE: £1.55

Shop and save

 Save £2 on the Vanish Gold Carpet Care spray - at Sainsbury’s

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Save £2 on the Vanish Gold Carpet Care spray – at Sainsbury’s

ACCIDENTS happen but get that stain out with Vanish Gold Carpet Care spray from Sainsbury’s for £4. Usually £6.

SAVE: £2

My Sun Savers fiver

CHRISTINE CLARK, from Enfield, Middx, says: “My fivers will buy nappies for our new grandchild and treats for the other four!”

  • Send us your Savers fiver stories at sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if it is used. Please include your name/town.

Another chance to book Hols From £9.50

WE are giving all readers another chance to book an amazing break with us.

So don’t worry if you missed out on getting a Hols from £9.50 earlier this year.

 Book your Hols from £9.50 and pick from 245 holiday parks across the UK and Europe

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Book your Hols from £9.50 and pick from 245 holiday parks across the UK and Europe

This time, you can pick from 245 holiday parks across the UK and Europe.

Fancy ticking off new countries in Europe or visiting an area of the UK you have never been to?

Our holidays are the perfect base to explore. Why not try Cornwall, Devon or East Anglia — or venture abroad to France, Spain, Italy or even Croatia.

This year we are celebrating an incredible 30 years of sending the great British public on holiday.

You could join the 55million people who have gone on breaks with us over the past three decades.

For details on all the holiday parks available, check out the eight-page pullout inside today’s paper or head to thesun.co.uk/holidays.

From relaxing spas to stunning golf courses and great evening entertainment, there really is something for everyone.

Breaks are available from March until December. Choose from either a three-night weekend break, or for those who can go Monday to Friday, try our midweek offer of four nights for the price of three.

TREATS AND PRIZES

By choosing your holiday with The Sun you can save up to 80 per cent on the usual holiday price.

To book, collect seven tokens or codewords (Saturday’s is printed on Pages 28-29 in the paper) or seven Sun Savers codes (Saturday’s is on Page 20 in the paper) from those printed daily in the paper until Saturday, March 7.

 You can enjoy a great break with your family and save up to 80 per cent on the usual holiday price

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You can enjoy a great break with your family and save up to 80 per cent on the usual holiday priceCredit: Getty – Contributor

Then follow the simple steps in the table below to book your break.

The best holidays go quickly, so make sure you are ready for Friday, February 28 when booking opens.

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Those who book with Sun Savers can pay or part pay for their holiday using the cash in their Sun Savers wallet, making the break even cheaper.

Sun Savers is our rewards club that allows you to take advantage of FREE cash, treats and prizes.

That’s right — get free cash just for picking up the paper.

For every 28 Sun Savers codes you collect, we give you a free fiver to spend however you like.
Sun Savers codes are printed in the paper every day. Once you have collected and entered 28 on the app or website, we put £5 in your wallet.

Not a member already? Join today by downloading the free app or signing up at sunsavers.co.uk and start pocketing from your paper.

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  • Terms & Conditions: Price per person based on four sharing. Multiple token/code collect. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions and date restrictions apply. For full T&Cs see thesun.co.uk/holidays.

‘It is so exciting for all the family’

LITTLE Frankie Portch goes potty over her adventure-packed Sun Holidays.

The six-year-old loved creating her clay model mermaid with help from mum Caroline, who was brushing up on her painting skills.

Frankie enjoys the holiday exploits with Mum and her three siblings, Danny, nine, Paige, 13, and big brother Kieran, 20.

We caught up with the family on their fourth break of last year at Park Holidays New Beach Holiday Park on the Kent coast near Dymchurch.

Caroline, 41, from Orpington, Kent, said: “If the children are having a great holiday, I’m going to have a great holiday.

“There are just so many amazing activities to keep the children busy and enjoying themselves. Frankie really loved the pottery club and as a family we went swimming every day. It’s so exciting for all of us and we have marvellous memories of our quality time together.

“The children are always asking when are we going again. Sun Holidays are fantastic value for money and it has meant that we can get away more often.”

‘Great memories for our children’

GROUNDWORKER Chris Squire enjoyed amazing breaks as a child with his parents – and the memories of great days in the sun are still with him.

Now Chris, 30, is recreating those fun times with partner Abi Orchard, also 30, and their kids.

The couple from Bournemouth took their children to Butlin’s Minehead in Somerset, where they all had the time of their lives.

Chris’ children, Taylor, 11, and six-year-old Amelia, joined forces with Abi’s kids, Riley, 11, and Theo, six.

Also getting into the spirit was Abi’s mum Jill Loe, 54, who is a shop manager.

Chris said: “Sun Holidays and I are both 30. I was practically weaned on them.

“They have just got bigger and better, with such a staggering number of parks you can now choose from.

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“I loved those holidays and have so many special memories. I wanted our children to create their own memories, which is exactly what they are doing.”

Abi, a receptionist, says: “There is so much for the children to enjoy.

“Our youngest two love the colourful park characters and the Skyline Gang, who always bring a smile to their faces.

“They never seem to run out of energy.”

Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £50k monthly Raffle.

And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months.

 Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

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Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect.

So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app.

Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £50k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

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Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver.

So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple.

You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

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Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone.

Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow.

And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

  • PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers subject to availability.
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