Jan 27th 2020 Back to latest news
It’s a constant battle between “saving for the future” and just enjoying yourself because “life is so short,” and that’s only on a personal level.
When you factor in the costs of running a household and keeping your family in the lifestyle you want, well . . . things get even tougher. Budgeting for Families is tough!
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you make a sacrifice to the Gods to help you with your family’s budget but sometimes, shopping sacrifices have to be made. Do you really need that particular brand of washing detergent, or could you settle for a cheaper version?
Do the kids really need new or could you save a few pounds by checking out Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace or local Charity Shops? Kids grow FAST! So chances are someone nearby may have an ‘outgrown’ version of what you’re after at a very reasonable price, if not free! Make a day of family bargain-hunting and head to a local car boot sale!
Yay for fabulous free breastmilk! BUT, as we know, this can not always be available and there comes a time when solid foods need to be introduced. Another mouth to feed = higher food bills, so how can you be a savvy saver at the supermarket?
Look high, look low. The most expensive products are often positioned at eye level on the shelves. This is a clever sales tactic used by supermarkets to sell higher-priced items. An easy target for busy parents whose little angels are doing their best to serenade the entire store at the top of their lungs, whilst slyly playing their own version of supermarket sweep!
But if you take a little time to check out the lower shelves you can often find cheaper versions of the same products. A lot of supermarkets have a discount area too, where items with defaults, such as damaged packaging, are on special offer.
Timing your shop can also be very saver savvy! Try and avoid shopping when you, or the kids, are hungry and if possible, try and time it for a Sunday afternoon just before closing or late at night. A LOT of items are reduced at these times. If in doubt, just ask the store staff and they’re usually happy to advise you.
Meal planning and preparation is also a great way to save money AND time! Check out these 25 Ideas for Families with Toddlers.
Dorset Families; ‘Pay as You Go’ is costing you money!
So many attractions now offer Annual or Seasonal Passes to save you money if you’re a regular visitor. This is great news for families budgeting for a year ahead of family fun!
It’s a wonderful way for the attraction to reward their loyal customers and you get to keep a little extra cash in your pocket. PLUS members usually receive extra benefits too! For example; here at Farmer Palmer’s we extend our Annual Pass Holders expiry date by a WHOLE month to reward them for introducing a friend. That’s an entire month’s entry completely free, just for encouraging your friend to become a member too. Your friend can then recommend their friends too, and so the benefits pass on! It’s a great way to spread a little love across Dorset!
“Annual Passes help a lot for days out, because your visit is already paid for! You can then treat yourself to coffee and cake or lunch and not feel like you’ve spent a fortune!” Farmer Palmer’s Annual Pass Holder January 2020.
Want to find out more about Dorset Attractions with Annual Passes and Season Tickets? Take a look at this fabulous family-friendly article from Poole Mumbler.
A quick Google Search for “Money Saving Tips for Families UK” returns 423,000,000 results! There is a LOT of information out there to help you, we couldn’t cover it all here. But here are our top picks:
“I always keep my balance at an Even Number by transferring the odd change into my savings – it doesn’t take long to start seeing your savings going up!”
“Only buy what you need – This one seems obvious but it’s so easy to get caught up in a spending frenzy. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.”
“Unplug your chargers when they are not in use and switch your TV off at the wall they will still use a small amount of electricity when left on standby.”
“Give the gift of time! Everyone has so much ‘stuff’ these days! Instead of splashing out/wasting money on something that will just gather dust for the sake of giving a gift – why not plan to spend some quality time with the person or people you want to give something to instead?”
“I like to move any money left in my account at the end of each month into my savings account. It soon adds up! Then you can use it for an Annual Pass!”
Want a little more help with your budgeting? Take a look at these 10 Easy Steps from SkintDad on how to create a Household Budget and stick to it!
To help our local families out even further with their budgeting, here at Farmer Palmer’s we are introducing an ‘Easy Pay’ scheme (due Feb 2020). This will enable our members to spread the cost of their Annual Passes across a 3-month payment plan.
Sharing child care with a friend is a great way to save extra £s. If you’re a part-time working Mum/Dad, compare your schedule with friends and family members. You may find that you can avoid expensive childcare costs by dividing up your working week. If this works for you then take a look at our ‘Me or You’ Annual Passes and you could save even more money! Find out more in our Blog: Which Farmer Palmer’s Pass is Right For Me.
If you have any questions about our Annual Passes or Admission Prices please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 622 022 and our team will be happy to help!
By Emma (Farmer Palmer’s Marketing Fairy) 27/01/2020
“Not a theme park but a wonderful family day out at a lovely Farm!”W Beth
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."Regular visitor
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."Regular visitor
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"Allergy Awareness
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"Local Visitor
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"Regular visitor
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"Grandparent’s view
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"Winning testimonial
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff, who were fantastic, we were very pleased"Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."Lissie Marshall