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    How much do you spend on holiday? I'M BACK AND I DID IT!!!!
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    • 31st Jul 07, 10:39 PM
    How much do you spend on holiday? I'M BACK AND I DID IT!!!! 31st Jul 07 at 10:39 PM
    I'm going away for a fortnight soon, (very dfw in our tourer and in this country), trying to be realistic about the spending money but have never been very good and we never seem to have enough - in the past were always able to rely on the cc for back up hence where I am now!!! There are 5 (2 adults, 2 teenagers and 1 child) of us and we plan to take as much of the food with us that we can - but will obviously still have to shop a little! I plan to take 400 but worry that maybe this isn't enough and what if we run out. So anyone out there brave enough to admit what they spend or let me have some tips. Many thanks.
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  • Gemmzie
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    • 31st Jul 07, 10:55 PM
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    • 31st Jul 07, 10:55 PM
    Well our holidays were ridiculous too but I live in Cornwall so have to deal with high costs of tourism a lot.

    Avoid hot spots if you can, they'll be over crowded and expensive. Not sure where you're going but most places are similar.
    Don't be tempted to spend money on rubbish novelty items and try to limit treats, yes you're on holiday but 5 ice creams later is easily £10! So buy them and keep them in the freezer (if you have one).
    Keep breakfast cheap at "home", lunch light and enjoy your evening meals is always a good way to go too.

    HTH and enjoy your hols
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  • southernscouser
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    • 1st Aug 07, 12:57 AM
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    • 1st Aug 07, 12:57 AM
    Whats a holiday?

    I've not had one since my lightbulb moment so I'm absolutely no use I'm afraid.
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    • By angelavdavis 1st Aug 07, 7:43 AM
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    There were posts recently on Old style on meal ideas for holidays to help keep costs down. So I would take a peek over there for some ideas.

    I have to say, I am hopeless to ask, as I generally only really spend on holidays - as I love my scuba diving. I would rather go without anything else than miss a holiday!

    Having said that, I always go for the last minute bargains - last one was a week staying bed, breakfast and evening meal at a 5* Hilton in Sharm El Sheikh in April for 505 + 150 for three days diving. This meant I only spent 250 extra on going out (and extra diving ) I suppose if you take the diving out, it was a cheap holiday.

    I have stopped holidaying in UK (not so great diving IMHO) because its too expensive, however there is only me and OH so no children to think about and very often foreign holidays consider kids as full priced so the price can really jump. I can get a 3 course meal in Sharm for less than 10. You would be hard pushed to do that in UK.
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    • howskint?
    • By howskint? 1st Aug 07, 8:11 AM
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    • 1st Aug 07, 8:11 AM
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    I have been wondering this. off on a camping holiday on Tuesday and need to do it as cheaply as possible!! Two adults and 2 children. We were going to take the first two nights meals out of the freezer the day we leave and keep them in the cool box with ice packs. Just spag bol and chille.

    One way I find we save a fortune is when the kids want an ice cream we find the nearest supermarket and buy a box of ice creams rather than using an ice cream van! Just praying for lots of nice weather so we can spend lots of time on the beach rather than paying to go into places. We're going fo 9 days - campsites already paid for - I'm hoping not to go over 300 pounds! Will let you know how we get on!
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    • By Imelda 1st Aug 07, 8:20 AM
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    • 1st Aug 07, 8:20 AM
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    Hi there,

    We went on a campervan trip last summer (when I was in the thick of paying off my debt!) It was just my OH and I and we spent about 300 in 10 days. This included petrol (it was an old vw- we drove from London to Cornwall and toured about quite a bit) and surfing lessons/ hire for me. We tended to eat "in" every other night, we had a little stove and so made chillis and pasta etc. BBQs are another good idea. We also took booze with us rather than drinking in pubs etc. Meals out were usually fish and chips on the beach or a wetherspoons meal.
    Also each morning we would make up sandwiches, put them in the cool bag with a bottle of pop, apples etc and just dip in and out of it during the day.
    I would budget just as you would at home- set aside the money you know you will spend- ie petrol, campsite and then give yourselves a daily budget, make sure the kids are aware of the money situation so they do not keep pestering you for drinks and icecreams.
    Where are you planning on going? Have you booked a campsite?
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    • 1st Aug 07, 8:50 AM
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    Yes, site all booked and paid for - we're going to North Wales (never been before - usually Devon or Cornwall). Just have to find petrol money (towing the van this increases slightly) and food, entertainment etc. Hope to visit Snowdon, dd only 5 and dh has heart condition so were looking at the train to the top but its so expensive so don't know about that! We don't spend a fortune going out at night, its a Park resort so will just visit the club in the evening to let dd see the show, we only have one or two drinks and we take the childrens with us! At least there will be no cigarettes to buy this time!!

    SS I must admit I wasn't sure about asking the question as it doesn't seem very dfw to go on holioday particularly when in debt!

    Thanks for the advice all.
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    • Penny2myName
    • By Penny2myName 1st Aug 07, 9:08 AM
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    Well I spent 40 on a day out yesterday (1 adult 3 kids) but that included 17 train fare and a pair of sandals (.4.99) for daughter which she needs for when we go away at end of this month. I took a pack up with us for lunch and admittedly made sure i was back home for tea time and my meal plan, the pack up is also part of our summer holidays meal plan. The rest went on donkey rides, doughnuts, coffee and 4 x250ml bottles of pop. A 2lt bottle would have been ALOT cheaper.
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    • inkie
    • By inkie 1st Aug 07, 9:33 AM
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    • 1st Aug 07, 9:33 AM
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    What we tend to do is look on the net before we go, and so can budget how much 'outings' will cost. I have a food budget (set depending upon how much stuff we take from the freezer at home), and then stick to it. We view the holiday as a change of scenery and oppertunity to do different things - not an excuse for the tourist areas to prise money out of our hands.
  • dianadors
    We do camping too (love it!). I always found that the kids wanting loads of tat, sweets, ice creams (2 Magnums each per day!!!!!)etc bumped up the cost of our hols (the seem to view it as a spendfest!) However, I started giving them holiday spending money at the start of the holiday with a very stern message that once its gone its gone, and any that they have left over they can keep. Its amazing. They still "want" stuff, but when I get their own purse out with their own money, they change their mind!!!! Sneakily I use their own birthday money for their spending money! It is very tempting to treat yourselves too much on holiday, and I always find lunches end up costing quite a lot over the 2 weeks and we are a bit limited as we dont have a fridge, but last year, we bought a large pot of jam and the kids had baguette and jam for lunch - we had baguette cheese and pickle every day and saved a fortune. I tend to cook most of the time now - apart from the odd cheapish takeaway for a treat.
  • spud30
    Hope to visit Snowdon, dd only 5 and dh has heart condition so were looking at the train to the top but its so expensive so don't know about that!
    Originally posted by in debt again but dealing with it
    Hi IDA,

    We have done the train up Snowdon a few times, and it's around 60 for a family of 4. You used to be able to pay with Tesco Clubcard deals, but that's been stopped now.

    One way to do it cheaper is to go on the 9am train - it's half price.
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    • pollyanna24
    • By pollyanna24 1st Aug 07, 10:38 AM
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    I know I probably won't be much help as I'm not in a camper van and there are only two of us, and going Corfu, but...

    we are taking 170 each for a week. I've never been much for going mad when on hols. We plan to eat out each night and because we are in s/c apartment, maybe eat breakie and lunch in. We plan to go out and drink in bars and such like, but not really do much shopping. I've always been a bit of a tight**** and will think it's great if I come back with any of my money.

    The figure 170 was reached by:-

    Normally we have 400 each spending money a month. We straightaway put 100 into savings, so this month we aren't. The other 70 comes from, if you split the remaining 300 into 30 days of the month, you get 10 a day, and as we are going for a week, voila!
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  • sammiboo
    Where abouts are you going in North Wales? What things have you planned to do?

    The reason I ask is that I live and work in North Wales and my partner and myself are always on the look out for cheap days out so I might be able to suggest something.

    As people have mentioned before to keep costs down keep going out for meals to a minimum, this can easily swallow up your budget!

    We were planning to go camping in caernarfon but with the bad weather we had we didnt want our tent being washed away

    There are loads of great walks aswell. A nice place to visit is Bala lake, lots of tourists go there. you could go there for the day and have a BBQ lakeside
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    • choccyface2006
    • By choccyface2006 1st Aug 07, 11:17 AM
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    Each year I take £750 for two weeks for three of us (1 teen, myself and other daughter aged 8)

    Last year I brought home £350 though even though we did loads of trips, the year before slightly less as we were self catering and ate out every evening, plus I went scuba diving.

    Most days we had our breakfast as late as we could, dinner as early and didn't really have a lunch or maybe just a snack, we were half board so we didn't have to buy much in the way of food. There was a supermarket nearby so we didn't get ripped off.

    The kids had a small allowance per day and we brought so presents home too, also spent £50 of that on photos at a dinner show we went to.

    We are off to Cyprus next Wednesday, I can't wait but will probably come home with less than normal, not that it really matters, thats what its there for, I think its more expensive over there than the Spainish islands.

    Sarah xx
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  • in debt again but dealing with it
    So much advice you really are lovely people! We're going to the Park resort between Rhyl and Colwyn Bay. For days out I've looked at Chester Zoo (maybe?), Snowdon (definately - thanks for the 9am tip Spud), the castle at Colwyn Bay, the swimming park at Rhyl (maybe?) and as dd (aged 5) is completely besotted with Alice in Wonderland she and I will be visiting the A and W museum - have you been Sammiboo, is it any good? Both sons have their own money, although we still pay for the icecreams etc!

    Have looked at the BBC weather and the forecast for August is good - fingers crossed - good weather does make the holiday so much cheaper!!

    Will definately try and avoid ice creams, although that can be tricky!! We always restrict it to one a day and tend not to have take away much either (although fish and chips on the seafront on arrival is compulsary!) - when we do because there are 5 of us its generally about 15 - 20!!

    Thanks again!

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  • spud30
    No problem hun.

    Have a look for details of the 9am train - it's got to be booked by phone at least a day in advance.

    We've never done it because we're rubbish at planning ahead and early starts, but it's a good saving if you're organised
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    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 1st Aug 07, 11:33 AM
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    Hi IDA. I am going to North Wales at the end of the month too.

    Snowdon railway website has this tip:
    Book tickets in advance by telephone for the 9am departure and travel for HALF PRICE. This discount applies to individual adult and child return tickets booked a minimum of one day in advance of travel by telephone 0870 458 0033.

    Edit: just noticed Spud has given the tip already

    We are going to be staying near Llandudno and I am hoping to spend the weekly food budget on easy food to cook in our self-catering accommodation and maybe eat lunches out instead (as it should be cheaper).

    If you have any tips and are back before us, then feel free to pass them on
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    • juliapenguin
    • By juliapenguin 1st Aug 07, 11:36 AM
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    Hello and bon voyage!

    I am sure you will have a fantastic holiday - Llandudno is really nice and not too far from you - there's a West sandy beach beach as well as the busier beach on the other side near the pier and it's lovely there. There's also no tat shops on that side so no pester factor!!! You can also go up the Great Orme by car, train or cable car - the last two are very pricey but maybe your little dd and OH could do that and the rest of you could walk - it's a gorgeous walk and nothing like Snowdon!!

    I think the idea about everyone having their own set amount of spending money is a fantastic and inspired idea!

    When OH and I go on our self-catering holidays (usually to a gorgeous seaside hamlet just north of Berwick-upon-Tweed as I'm a wuss and hate airports) we hardly spend anything as I've got the time to do lovely picnics and the kitchen has the most beautiful sea view that I'm quite happy to potter about cooking OS food!

    Have a fantastic time.

    Julia xx
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    • By juliapenguin 1st Aug 07, 11:38 AM
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    Newly wed - I've never found anywhere good to eat in Llandudno - we go a lot and I've only ever had mediocre meals - ok but expensive and nothing to write home about. If you find anywhere really good, please could you pm me? Julia xx
    • livinginhope
    • By livinginhope 1st Aug 07, 11:40 AM
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    SS I must admit I wasn't sure about asking the question as it doesn't seem very dfw to go on holioday particularly when in debt!
    Originally posted by in debt again but dealing with it

    Don't be so hard on yourself,everyone needs a break from time to time and if you are going to be paying off debt for many years,like me,then it would be very unfair to deny a small holiday every now and then
    I would just like to say,that we go camping to France,we find it cheaper than staying in the UK and the weather is much better.Last time we went,we took 200 spending money,we came home with 150,we only spent 50.We had a great site with 4 swimming pools,kids clubs and loads of places to cycle,we had BBQ every night and 'entertained' our camping neighbours in the evening when the kids were in bed,the only thing we spent money on was baguettes and cheese
    A holiday can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be,so only you will know how much spending money you will need.
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