Spring is always a special time of year. The days get longer, sleet turns to sun and the April and May bank holidays mean more opportunities to spend time with the family. However, whilst all these things have a positive impact on our well-being, they can have a negative effect on our bank balance. The good news is you can rest assured, we have plenty of money-saving options designed to help you manage your budget and save money in the spring leaving you time to enjoy a stress free 2018.
Back to school without breaking the bank
A new school term always brings with it its fair share of excitement. However, after two weeks of holidays and fun-filled time off with the family, the wallet can feel as though it’s had a busy fortnight and is in need of some serious money saving time out. With this in mind, it can be so easy to reach for the ready-made and ready-packaged lunch options that fill the shelves at our local supermarket but whilst these can be great time-savers, they carry with them a hefty price tag. Look after the pennies by setting aside a few more minutes every evening to prepare lunches for the following day and see the positive results when you start saving money this autumn term.
Walk to work
The cost of fuel every morning and afternoon can really add up. Perhaps try leaving the house that little bit earlier in the morning and enjoy the walk to work or school rather than a last-minute dash in the car. Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint, you could also start making some real savings. All the more reason to set off with a spring in your step this April.
Make the next holiday a camping trip
Now that the Easter holidays are almost over, thoughts turn to the summer. With the ‘Beast from the East’ (and its less terrifying mini version that followed) behind us, the word on the street is that this summer could shape up to be a hot one. Take full advantage of the warm weather and trade a holiday abroad for a good old-fashioned UK camping trip. Hold off on booking anything until later this year when you can lace up your walking boots, fill the boot with a tent and a couple of bed rolls and book a last-minute break so that you can chase some rays and travel to where the best weather is.
Choose a picnic over a restaurant
If you’re a keen to get out of the house and want to enjoy a meal with friends or family, why not dine al fresco and opt for a picnic at your local park rather than racking up an enormous restaurant bill? Reach for the ham sandwiches and sausage rolls and enjoy a picnic in the park; there’s no better way to spend a spring afternoon than with a bowl of strawberries in the sun… and best of all, it’s a great way to save money too.
Saving money at busy times of year is sometimes easier said than done. If you’re in need of a short-term cash boost to ease the burden this April, take a look at our cash loans and find out how Ealing Trading can help you in this spring.
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