I always dread it when anyone mentions the summer holidays. It’s a long break and you have to find so many ways to entertain the children, and at the same time, we have to make sure we save money and don’t spend too much either.
As Mr C is our sole breadwinner, we are constantly watching our budgets and money is tight at this time. Also he doesn’t have six weeks of annual leave to accompany us to go out as a family so we have to manage between us as we don’t have any relatives nor grandparents nearby to help.
I am not surprise to read the result of this survey: Six Weeks of Summer-At what cost? Carried out by Cotton Traders in order to find out where and how children around the UK will be looked after during this six week period. There were 2,000 parents with children between the ages of 0 and 18 who were asked a series of questions on the matter.
There is an huge increase of unaffordability and that forces most families to take holidays in the UK (35%) this year than abroad (34%) and of those 23% who said they wouldn’t be or weren’t sure whether they would be taking a family holiday this year, a whopping 66% said it was because it was too expensive. We looked at an overseas holiday last year but we had to forgo it because it was too expensive.
Also the majority of respondents (44%) said their children would be spending most of their summer holidays at home with non/part-time working parents and 24% said they would be at home with full time working parents on annual leave. I try to do crafts, science projects at the minimum costs and join free events in local areas to keep them entertained! Check out these few things we did in previous summers: fruit bobbing, natural craft, bear making workshop etc.
If you would like to know more about the findings, have a good read over the link. You will be surprised with the result regarding technology! Time to ditch those gadgets?
Disclosure: This is a collaboration. Survey results provided by Cotton Traders.