PLAY dates can leave parents praying for payday – with nearly a third splashing out £40 a time.
Two thirds also admit telling porkies to get out of inviting friends over. But here are ways of saving when it comes to your turn to host . . .
Eat: Bella Italia has a £1 kids’ menu, valid when an adult buys a main. But you will need to register your details on its website to claim your voucher. There are options for different ages and all include a starter, main, dessert and unlimited squash. For more information, see bellaitalia.co.uk. Café Rouge, Prezzo and Las Iguanas offer similar deals.
Play: Camping is a great activity if your children are hosting a sleepover — and it doesn’t have to hit your wallet. Even if it is only in your back garden, kids will have fun and feel like they are on an adventure. You can teach them how to make a bonfire and put up a tent. Then come the ghost stories, stargazing and toasting marshmallows.
See: Pay less at Odeon cinemas with its family ticket — two adults and two children, or one adult and three children. Parents can also take advantage of the chain’s special price for under-12s. If you collect Nectar points you can also use them towards your next day out at the cinema. Every 500 points is worth £2.50 towards your tickets at Vue cinemas.
Do: A trip to the farm keeps kids occupied — plus it’s educational. Many up and down the country offer deals for family trips, with cheap prices for children. I like Belmont Farm in North London, where children under one go free. It is £4 for one to three-year-olds and £5.50 up to 16. You can also buy a family ticket for £20. Find your nearest farm, and the best local offers, by searching with your postcode at dayoutwiththekids.co.uk.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
B&M is running its biggest sale yet. Get your hands on this double ottoman bed for only £150, down from £200.
GET the party started with a tub of Fox’s Party Rings for £2 at Sainsbury’s, usually £2.50.
My Sun Savers fiver
SUSAN KNOWLES, from Runcorn, Cheshire, says: “I am saving my Sun Savers fivers towards buying a new outfit for my friend’s wedding.”
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OLIVER Bonas has a stunning marble-print clock for £39.
That’s much cheaper than the designer Skandium version for £249.95.
Reader’s saving tip
REMA BLAKE, from Birmingham, says: “Don’t throw away old toothbrushes. They are a cheap way to clean all sorts round the house, including trainers and shoes.”
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Shop & save
GET a Gillette Mach3 men’s razor and 11 blades for £10 at Asda, down from £20.
Hot right now
GO big or go home! At ao.com, a Hisense 65in Smart 4K Ultra HD TV is now £529, down from the usual £652.
Win a year of Sky Q
SCORE at home with our latest Sun Savers competition. To celebrate the return of the Premier League last weekend, we are giving 15 Sun Savers members the chance to win Sky Q FREE for an entire year. That includes a year’s access to all the Sky Sports channels so you don’t miss a moment of the action.
Every fan has big hopes and dreams for the new season and this year should be one of the most interesting ever. Plus, even when the footie’s not on you will be able to watch a range of great films on Sky Cinema, as these are available on Sky Q too.
Sky Q makes life easy with all the best entertainment in one place, including Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Sky Atlantic, Sky Cinema and Sky Sports. To enter, download the Sun Savers app or join sunsavers.co.uk.
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