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Although COVID-19 limitations are high, there’s still some great fun that can be had with the family, and on a tight budget too!

Remember, safety first... Here are some top health and safety guidelines the Government has outlined to help protect yourself and others when you leave your home (as of when this article was published in August 2020):

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

Specific guidelines for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are available here.

So, for the fun bit! Let’s look at what you can do over the summer and how you can do it in the most affordable way:

Let's Go to the Beach, Beach.

There are so many beauty spots around the UK’s coastline, from Longsands Beach in Tynemouth, Camber Sands in Sussex and Durdle Door in Dorset, to Porthcurno in Cornwall, Formby Beach in Merseyside and Druridge Bay in Northumberland. Make it a more affordable day out by packing a picnic instead of eating out, take your own seats and towels instead of hiring pricey deckchairs, and don’t forget the essential buckets and spades... these can cost a fortune in key tourist spots!

Monkey Around at your Local Zoo

Zoos and safari parks across the UK were closed to the public when lockdown came into effect in March to help limit the COVID-19 outbreak. They have started reopening again “hurray” and could make a very ‘emusing’ and ‘ottery’ brilliant day out. Visit your chosen zoo or safari park’s website to check if it's open before your visit to avoid disappointment.

Entry tickets can be quite pricey, so to help keep those costs down check out Tesco Clubcard to see if offers are available, visit the zoo’s website to see if there are any promotions, and even check your bus ticket or cereal box to see if there are vouchers or promotional codes hidden on there!

Eat ‘Out Out’

Throughout August 2020 consumers can take advantage of 50 per cent off at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Available between Monday and Wednesday every week throughout the month, diners can benefit from half-price food and non-alcoholic drinks*. From pubs and restaurants to bars and cafes, you can check out which eateries are registered here. To save yourself even more cash, why don’t you...

  • DIY hair/makeup/nails – get your glam on DIY style! Style your hair, paint your nails and apply your own makeup to save some serious cash. You can always use YouTube tutorials if you’re really stuck for inspo!
  • Walk instead of ride – if your chosen restaurant is within walking distance, why don’t you walk there and catch a ride back? Or, if you fancy it, walk both ways and you’ll burn that half-price pudding off too!

The scheme is only available for ‘eat-in’; discount won’t be applied for takeaway orders. With this in mind, only eat out if you are clear of any COVID-19 symptoms.

For more ways to save money on everything from food shopping and bills to insights on pensions, investing and tackling debt, visit our Wisdom page here.


*up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner