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Cheap Family Activities with Shoestring Jane

29 April 2022
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Welcome to the Frugal Column, where I aim to inspire you to live your best life without breaking the bank. I’m Jane, from the blog Shoestring Cottage and I also run a Youtube channel.

With inflation and the cost of living on the rise, cutting back and saving money is becoming a priority for many of us. If you have a family, keeping the kids entertained is a tricky task at the best of times; when you are tightening your belt it can feel even harder. However, living frugally doesn’t mean your children have to miss out and feel deprived. By doing things slightly differently and using your creativity, you can make memories and enjoy life on a tighter budget.


I always think it’s so much easier to be a money saver when the weather is nice. Sunny days offer plenty of opportunities for free and cheap things to do. In a month where we have two bank holidays, this could be quite helpful, especially if you are looking for inexpensive activities with kids.

Sure, it would be lovely to take the family to a theme park, but it’s expensive. At the time of writing, Alton Towers costs £65 for an adult day pass and £60 for a child’s ticket. If a theme park is out of your budget, look out for a travelling funfair instead, such as Fun Park. If your family loves the thrill of a fast ride, you can buy a wristband for just £10.

However, there are lots of things you can do that will cost way less or can be done for free. Here are some suggestions.

Go on a nature walk

Most of us have a park or some woodland locally. Take the time to explore them with your children. They love a romp through the woods, and you can plan some activities to make it even more fun. Have a look at the Wild Forest School Project website for ideas, from building a stick tower to making a bird’s nest.

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