I can’t believe Vinny has been at school for almost a year now, where has that time gone. I know we all say it but it goes so fast. I’m really glad it’s almost the summer holidays though, we’re all really looking forward to spending lot’s of time together as a family and making lots of fun memories. Now that Renzo is 2 I find that he is interested in what Vinny is doing much more and wants to join in on activities with him which is so cute. I’ve taken a look at the Post Office Parent’s summer spending report and the results were super interesting, I’ll share some facts with you in this post.

We haven’t got much planned this summer, I’m not really one of those mums that has something planned for every day of the week and although days out and things are fun they can get expensive too. While half of parents (55%) think they have saved enough money to cover the cost of the school holidays, on average they are only saving 53% of the average cost of the summer (£316). Today I thought I’d share with you an activity we will be doing this summer on a small budget. Did you know that one in four parents (25%) will put their saving habits on hold to entertain children over the summer? Do you do this?

We will be heading to our local beach this summer, we have so many beaches to visit here in North Devon. We really don’t visit them enough but when we do we have the best time. We popped to Instow over the weekend, grabbed a bucket and spade, some sea shoes and fishing nets and off we went. At Instow there are some small rock pool areas, perfect for the kids to explore. We found tiny fish, crabs and the boys really enjoyed finding all of the different creatures and learning about them.  The Post Office Parent’s summer spending report said that the cost of entertaining kids has increased by 25% in the last year as parents splash out to beat the heat but this is a great way to embrace the sunshine and our beautiful surroundings.

If you don’t have rock pools nearby then don’t worry. Simply a bucket and spade will do, collect shells around the beach to decorate your sand castles and let the kids do the building! This activity kept Vinny and Renzo entertained for so long, they really enjoyed playing with the different sand textures. Collecting different items around the beach to decorate them and then knocking them down! Typical kids right? It’s all fun though and again super affordable.

What great low cost activities will you be doing this summer? I’d love to know.

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