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Nobody wants to be cooped up inside when it's a nice, sunny day outside. But if you're not careful, your hard-earned cash will melt away like a dropped ice lolly.
The following tips explain how to save money while still going out and enjoying yourself before the winds of Autumn arrive.
- Before booking tickets for a gig, concert, or live show look for special offers. There might be promotions or deals running that you could take advantage of. Call and ask the box office staff.
- Some shows are cheaper earlier in the day. Matinee theatre shows are often discounted, and cinemas sometimes have cheaper tickets before 5pm.
- Some cinemas, especially big chains, offer membership cards. If you go to the cinema often, you might save money by signing up. Membership to some museums, or institutions like the National Trust, will be free or inexpensive, and you gain eligibility to special events and workshops.
- Independent book shops and coffee shops are a good place to find cheap or free events like open mic poetry, creative writing workshops, book clubs, etc.
- Local council websites will advertise community festivals and public events that are often free. Check for activities on your council's website.
- Joining a group is a great way to meet new people with similar interests, websites like Meetup.com allow you to enter your interests and recommend groups that match. If you don't find the type of group you want, you can start your own.
- Use websites like Mighty Deals and Groupon to find printable vouchers to get discounts or offers from local restaurants.
- If your favourite restaurant chain, bar, or concert venue has a mailing list, sign up and you will receive occasional deals and offers by email. Some of them will ask you for your birthday so they can send you a special offer to celebrate.
- There are museums all over the country that allow free entry. Some government buildings also do free tours, including the House of Commons if you live nearby.
- Local newspapers are a great place to find coupons for discounts, as well as listings for local events.
- Walking is a free pastime and websites like Ramblers.org.uk can help you find a route nearby. It's great exercise but not too strenuous. Looking for something a little faster? Check out cycle-route.com for some routes to take on your bicycle.
Money Dashboard's budget planner will automatically categorise your summer activities under the ‘Going Out' tag. Log in regularly to make sure you are sticking to your budget, but make the most of the sun while it's out.