GET ahead of the game for your next holiday.
Sun Hols From £9.50 returns tomorrow and I have been hearing from Sun Savers who want to cut spending when feeding the family on their break.
Here are my top batch-cooking tips for a getaway.
- Box or bag: Choose containers that will travel well. I find freezer bags better for some things, such as mince dishes or stews. Lakeland has a huge selection from £4.99 but Wilko has packs from £1. Bargain alert!
SAVE: up to £3.99
- Cheap eats: Go for recipes that include cheap cuts of meat that can be spread out through a dish and add extras to bulk it up. For example, cook up a chilli with Tesco’s beef steak mince, £2.50, and add two tins of Aldi’s kidney beans — at 35p a can, a saving compared with Sainsbury’s red kidney beans, 55p.
Also, in the run-up to your trip, make the most of bulk buying and cook larger versions of meals, then pack them in the freezer and take them with you.
Asda’s great three-for-£10 meat deal is good value and currently includes its Extra Special pork sausages, which are normally £4 per ten.
SAVE: £2 on the meat deal
- Tray bien: You do not want to be doing lots of washing up, so why not order foil trays in advance?
They can then be recycled — they are great for lasagnes and pasta bakes. Ten large roasting foil tins with lids from amazon.co.uk will set you back £6.99. Asda is also selling a selection that start at £2 each.
SAVE: £1.31 per tin
- Keep the crunch: If you are adding any extra vegetables to a dish, be sure to undercook it so that it will not end up as a soggy mess when you reheat it. Green beans are on offer at Lidl this week for 59p, down from 77p.
- Cool it: If travelling, use a cool box to transport everything. The Range has a flat-pack pop-up cool box — usually £49.99, now £19.99, in some stores.
- PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
MATALAN’s £16 shirt dress is perfect for a summer day out and a great alternative to Ralph Lauren’s more expensive £87.50 version.
Deal of the day
THIS 12-piece porcelain dinner set is now £35, down from £69, at made.com.
OLAY Face & Body Beauty Fluid is £4.99 at Home Bargains, instead of the usual RRP of £5.99.
Shop & save
GET two two-litre bottles of Diet Coke for £3 at Morrisons. It would usually set you back £1.95 each.
Hot right now
BELLA Italia will give you a free antipasti sharing board when you order any cocktail, G&T or Bellini between 3pm and 6pm – until September.
Reader’s saving tip
STEVEN FRENCH, from Ripon, North Yorks, says: “When bars of soap become too small to use, save them and when you have a few, soften them in hot water and then mould them into a new bar.”
- Share your tips at sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Please include your name and town.
My Sun Savers fiver
CLARE DEACY, from Cardiff, says: “I have just joined Sun Savers and I am using my fivers to sponsor a guide dog”.
- Share your Savers fiver stories at sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published. Please include your name and town.
£15,000 of cottage breaks to be won
GET into the holiday spirit as Sun Savers gives you the chance to win one of 60 cottages.com vouchers worth £250.
Cottage holidays tick all the boxes for a great break.
Choose accommodation close to the beach where the kids can perfect their sandcastle building, eat as many ice creams as they can or fly a kite. Or perhaps you want to relax and unwind in a countryside retreat close to a village, where you can walk to the pub with the dog and enjoy some great food and ale.
Cottage breaks allow you the freedom and flexibility to come and go as you please.
Plus, thousands of cottages.com’s breaks are pet friendly and lots even let your pets go free.
Choose from traditional thatched cottages, castles, quirky lighthouses, converted railway carriages and even a lookout tower.
Enjoy facilities ranging from private indoor swimming pools, open fires, games rooms for the kids and even hot tubs.
With thousands of great properties to choose from that sleep from two to 22 and the added flexibility of staying for up to seven nights, there has never been a better time to book your perfect cottage break.
To enter, just download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk. Collect TEN Sun Savers codes from the 18 printed daily in The Sun between Saturday, June 29 and Tuesday, July 16. Today’s Sun Savers code is on Page 32.
Then enter or scan your codes on the Sun Savers app or website. Once you have entered ten codes, head back to the “Win a Cottage Break” page found in the “Offers” section of Sun Savers and click “Enter” there. Just make sure you enter before midnight on Monday, July 22 when the competition closes.
Not already a Sun Savers member? Sign up today. It takes just a few minutes to register and you only need to enter your name, date of birth and email address to get started.
Sun Savers is our fantastic rewards club, which gives all readers the chance to take advantage of FREE cash, treats and prizes. For every 28 Sun Savers codes you collect and enter, we will give you a free fiver to spend however you like.
You can also get discounts on holidays, cinema tickets, goodies for the family and more.
How to get two FREE tickets to Warwick Castle worth over £55 with Sun Superdays
CHARGE down to Warwick Castle with your little princes and princesses with two FREE tickets worth more than £55 thanks to Sun Superdays.
Step back in time as you explore the picturesque castle and grounds and enjoy spectacular daily shows and attractions that bring history vividly to life — including the UK’s first Horrible Histories Maze attraction.
Choose your side in the live-action family show Wars Of The Roses Live, right, from Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, September 1.
Plus catch must-see show, The Falconer’s Quest, featuring a great collection of eagles, buzzards and vultures soaring every day until November 3.
Warwick Castle is full to the turrets with amazing things to see and do.
Marvel at the medieval towers and battlements, try your hand at archery and explore the magnificent interiors of the Great Hall and State Rooms — there is something for everyone.
For more information check out the four-page Warwick Castle pullout in the paper today.
How do I get my Warwick Castle tickets?
To get a pair of free tickets, just download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk. Next, head to the “Offers” section and click “Start Collecting” on the “Superdays — Warwick Castle” page. Then, collect NINE Sun Savers codes from those printed daily in The Sun until Tuesday, July 9. Enter nine Sun Savers codes on the app or website to unlock booking.
Free cash, treats and prizes
Plus, with Sun Savers, you can pick the date you go from the best availability and have the chance to book a day earlier than others.
Alternatively, you can collect TEN of the 18 tokens we print in the paper — we publish one each day — and book using the booking form, today’s token and form can be found on the back page of the pullout.
This year with Sun Superdays you can get two free tickets to lots of the nation’s favourite attractions including, SEA LIFE Aquariums, The Bear Grylls Adventure and Madame Tussauds London — saving you hundreds of pounds.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Download the free app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk. Sun Savers is our rewards club that gives readers the chance to take advantage of FREE cash, treats and prizes.
For every 28 Sun Savers codes you collect, we give you a free fiver to spend however you like. Sun Savers codes are printed daily in the paper. Enter it on the Sun Savers app or website. Once you have entered 28, we stick £5 in your wallet.
- Subject to availability. Sun Savers £2 booking fee applies. T&Cs apply, visit the sun.co.uk/superdays.
Play now to win £50k in the Sun Raffle
JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Raffle today!
Every Sun Savers code you enter from the paper is your chance to win £50k every month! One code = one ticket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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