I saved £25,000 in one year

With the Easter semester fast approaching and many schools closing next week, there is no better time to start planning.

Days out keeping the kids entertained can be extremely expensive, but that doesn’t have to be the case, according to one savvy mom.

Mum-of-two Lara Joanna Jarvis has revealed how she can save hundreds of pounds over the Easter holidays


Mum-of-two Lara Joanna Jarvis has revealed how she can save hundreds of pounds over the Easter holidaysPhoto credit: Lara Joanna Jarvis
Mama Lara enjoys family bike rides when the weather is nice


Mama Lara enjoys family bike rides when the weather is nicePhoto credit: Lara Joanna Jarvis

Lara Joanna Jarvis, who rose to fame on YouTube thanks to the household tips and tricks she shares with her 58,000 subscribers, has pledged not to buy luxuries in 2019, only spending money on essentials while saving £25,000 in the process.

And now the 38-year-old mum of two from southern England has shared her tips with Tastecard to help you shop for bargains this Easter.

Planning is key

Lara says: “As with most things when it comes to being smart with money, planning is the best tool to save some money.

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“Check when free activities are happening near you so you can plan those days.

“Check out the forecast and if you see a few sunny days, use it for free outdoor activities like a trip to the beach or a local lake and park.” Pack a bottle and a picnic and you’ve got a free day.

“On a rainy day, get creative with bedding and pillows and build a den to enjoy a movie afternoon, throw on some fairy lights and pop some snacks in a bowl and let your imagination take you to a fun place.” !“

Eating out with 2 for 1

“If you can treat the family to a meal during the school holidays, it’s worth checking discount codes or joining a restaurant club to save money.

“With a dining discount card like the Tastecard, you can get 2 for 1 at thousands of family favorite restaurants across the country like ASK Italian, Bella Italia and Pizza Hut. Tastecard data shows that the average family currently spends £56.31* to enjoy a meal and a 50% saving means an average of £28 is freed up for other fun activities.

Share the load with friends

“Chances are your friends will find juggling difficult too, so why not schedule some childcare days with trusted friends so you can lighten each other’s burdens.

“My kids are just as happy about a play meet in someone’s backyard with a quick picnic lunch break as they are about extravagant days at theme parks.”

Use a discount card for day trips

“If you can plan a few special days, make sure you spend wisely on them.

“If your family loves going to the movies or fun attractions, make sure you get the best price available by using a taste card for amazing discounts.

“With a Tastecard you can enjoy 40% off cinema tickets and up to 50% off the UK’s biggest attractions like Alton Towers and Legoland. They also currently offer a 60-day free trial so you can save longer!

“With the average cinema ticket costing a family £37.58, up to 40% off is a huge saving if you’re taking the kids to see new releases like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Fantastic Beats: The Secrets of Dumbledore this semester.”

Earn on a YES day

“A great way to double down on activity is to spend a day cleaning up with your kids to sell their unwanted things, and then either spend the morning at a flea market selling them or tidying them up Offer free sales sites like Marketplace or Vinted.

“Then when you’ve made some extra money, give the kids a yes day where they can spend their money on things they want to do — without it having to come out of your pocket.”

“It keeps her busy a few days before the outing and has a great time on her special day.

“You could do something like this seasonally, sell old toys and clothes, and then spend a day outside without breaking the family budget.

“Even if you don’t have to spend a lot of money, a yes day can be as silly as a one-off dessert for breakfast, a water fight, Mom’s face painting, or camping in the backyard!”

Regain energy and money

“It’s easy to feel like you want to book a lot of things once the kids leave school, especially now that we have so much more to do than last school holidays.

“The mom guilt always made me feel like I had to give them ‘the best time ever.’ But the truth is, you don’t have to pack every day full of big (and expensive!) plans.

“Your kids will probably be thankful for a little rest at first – wouldn’t we all do that! So don’t let outside influences like little snapshots of the lives of strangers on the internet make you feel bad for scattering a few days without elaborate plans in the coming weeks.

“Sometimes they just like to relax at home, we all need to recharge!”

Lara concluded by saying, “Whatever you’re doing this Easter break, remember you don’t have to break the bank to have a good time together.”

Lara saved £25,000 in one year


Lara saved £25,000 in one yearPhoto credit: Lara Joanna Jarvis I saved £25,000 in one year


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