Saving Made Simple - The Directory Group

Saving made simple...

Welcome to the first in our series of articles offering handy hints to save you money…

With Christmas and all of its expenses just passed, an action-packed February half-term may seem daunting and expensive for parents. Yet it needn’t be. We’ve thought of some ideas to ensure you and your children have a fun-filled February half term on a smaller budget…

Thinking of going out for dinner? Make your own food rather than eating out - it’s cheaper and a great fun family activity too. Get stuck into recreating your favourite pizzas with the kids or transport them to Mexico with a Mexican-themed fajita night – teamed with paper chef hats or drawn on moustaches, they are bound to have a dinner to remember!

Make sure to go outside and check out our local natural treasures. Wrap up warm for a winter walk along the coast into Emsworth, a dog walk on Hayling Island’s pebbled beachfront or adventure into the trees and hills of Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Even just heading down to your local park for a family kick around will keep you active and be a great laugh.

Save money on your electricity bills by doing something other than watching TV.

Don’t chuck, recycle and get crafty! Create pretty paper bunting from old cards and wrapping paper, turn your old tin cans into windsock chimes, make marble runs from toilet rolls and paint masterpieces onto rocks and shells.

Or how about growing your own veggies? Gardening is an inexpensive hobby that creates healthy food for your family. All you need are seeds and a couple of pots to grow your own veggie patch indoors. Now is a great time to sow your seeds of cabbage, broccoli or swede, which can grow all-year-round on your indoor windowsill. If you like things hot, grow chilli peppers instead to spice up your warm wintery dishes. Yet the best and easiest veggie to grow is our old favourite, Cress – you don’t even need soil. You can grow your cress in cotton wool or through a paper towel and then eat it two weeks later in your sandwiches! Plus, what’s more exciting and adventurous than growing and eating your own yummy veg?

Look out for more money-saving ideas in our April issue!

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley