Being able to afford random weekends away or day trips out isn’t always easy. Especially considering I work a minimum wage job, and work around 26 hours a week. Combine this with having my own outgoings (such as my car, bills, food, etc) there is not much left over to spend on the month.
I’m writing this blog with a smile on my face because despite my lack of money and complaints, we have just booked another little weekend away and it includes a trip back to where I grew up! I am super excited.
Here I will discuss a number of ways that you can make your money go further and have fun with it. This month I got one of my lowest wages and we are going for 2 long weekends away and have just bought ourselves Merlin Annual Passes. So if you really want to do something you will find a way to do it.
There are a number of ways to save money, or get cash back or get the best deals possible. Personally I rely on these for general life as well as our day/weekend trips. I did always wonder how people can afford to go out all of the time, but for the last few years we’ve always looked for somewhere to go at the weekend; Chester Zoo, Wild Bore Park, Blue Planet Aquarium, Sea Life Centre, Blackpool and other places.
At the current moment I am saving for America in January, which takes up about 40% of my wages every month. However this is a MUST DO otherwise we wont have any money while we are out there to eat. I also have no issues with this, it just pushes me to look for deals and vouchers better. Booking a weekend to Legoland and Thorpe park was made easier by the fact that we don’t have to pay to get in because of our Merlin Annual Passes. They’re not exactly cheap but once you have them, that is your year of entry sorted. The best time to buy these passes is around Christmas/New Year as they go down in price. If you want to read more have a look at our ‘Buying a Merlin Annual Pass‘ post.
So, some of our top tips for saving and being able to afford days out start with; Quidco*. If you click on the link it will take you to the website to sign up. If you are ordering or booking anything online, just do a quick check to see if the company you’re booking with is on Quidco*. If they are, you can simply click through a link on the Quidco website to visit the company. Doing this means that Quidco get referral commission from the company, and pass some of this onto you! Essentially they are paying you to shop with them.
There are different rates for different companies and they do change from time to time, so make sure you check the T&C’s so you know you’re eligible for the cash-back, sometimes there are even discount vouchers (added bonus)!! I personally have saved over £300, which has gone on other days out or petrol.
Finally, have a check on Hot UK Deals (HUKD) at the latest price cuts, or for vouchers and saving tips. HUKD is a great website, and it has helped me when thinking about gifts for people for birthdays and Christmas. It is a bit like a forum, but everyone is helping each other to save money and find the best possible deals up and down the UK.
If you know of any other ways to help save money then please do share. These are just our top tips on being able to afford to do the things that we want to whilst earning minimum wage. I feel that if you really want to do something then you will find a way to make it work, and this could help even if you are saving in general.