Wednesday, April 5, 2017


For those planning a holiday over the Easter period, the country’s economic downturn couldn’t have come at a worse time. Considering the impending effects of junk status, people will have to watch every cent spent closer than ever. Luckily, there are still things that you can do with your family during this time that won’t wreck your budget.

“Expenses often pile up on a holiday, from eating out to entertaining the kids. With the expected rise in cost of just about everything, everyone will be feeling the pinch. That’s why it’s so important to look for budget-friendly ways to entertain the whole family, especially the kids, over the holiday period,” says Susan Steward, Marketing Manager for Budget Insurance.

Budget offers these savvy saving tips for family fun:

  • Take advantage of the last of the summer sun – with winter on its way, now is the best time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. There are plenty of affordable outdoor activities around the country. Click here for some great ideas.
  • Picnics in the park – pack a picnic instead of eating out or getting takeaways –

it’s healthier too. 

  • Have an Easter weekend bring and braai – everyone saves this way and gets to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal.
  • Be snack savvy – if you’re planning a day out, pack snacks that you can buy in bulk instead of having to buy them individually, on the go.
  • Get the kids involved in road trip preparations – like helping you make the snacks, it will keep them busy and out of mischief.
  • Eat a hearty meal at home – before you go out, prepare a meal that will keep the whole family full so that you don’t have to fork out money on fast food.
  • Host an Easter egg hunt at home – shop around for the best priced Easter eggs and hide them around the garden to keep the kids busy for hours.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle and create – have a craft day with the kids, it’s amazing what you can do with a few old toilet rolls, some paint, paper and a glue stick. Again, just google Easter craft ideas and you’ll find tons of inspiration or click here.

Remember that while you’re planning a little time off, criminals are not. In a survey conducted for 2015/16, at least one housebreaking, burglary or home robbery had been experienced by 807 000 people. These incidents are also known to increase over holiday periods.  

“Taking this into consideration, it’s a really good idea to check that your insurance is up- to-date, especially if you’re going away. It will give you that added peace of mind when driving off for that well-deserved break,” concludes Steward

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