Have a budget staycation with my cut-price tips from what to buy in Poundland to bagging a trip for FREE

BUYING everything you need for a camping trip or staycation can quickly spiral out of control.

But Gemma Bird, 39, a super money saving mum who regular shares her top tips on Instagram @moneymumoffiical knows where to get all the best deals.

Gemma, who lives in Billerica, Essex with husband Adam and their kids Brody, eight, and Bronte, two, says: "Most of us won't be going abroad this year but holidaying in the UK doesn't have to cost a fortune. Shop around and look for sales and you can get some great deal."

Here she shares her top money saving tips with Fabulous.

SWIMWEAR DEALS: Matalan has some great deals at the moment on kids’ swimwear. Some girls’ costumes are being sold for as little as £8 or £9. Primark has a great range too and you could also try eBay.

GO TO POUNDLAND: For suntan lotion and toiletries, go to Poundland. The discount store sells them in smaller bottles that are helpful if you are only going away for a few days and don’t need huge quantities. I noticed UV-protection sunglasses for just £1.50 in there too.

PRE-ORDER YOUR FOOD: If you are an Amazon Prime member, Morrisons will deliver your food shop wherever you are for free when you spend at least £40. That will prove much cheaper than eating out when you are away – and also saves you loading up the car with bags of food shopping.

CAMPING GEAR AND WATERPROOFS: Millets have a fantastic sale on with tents and camping gear on sale at fantastic prices. One great bargain is a single air bed on sale, down from £35 to just £9. They also have good quality kids' waterproof jackets down from £44 to £14. Amazon Fashion is another great place to buy. They are selling raincoats for kids for £3.99 and just £2.99 delivery for kids aged two to 14. You'd be hard pushed to find a better deal even in most supermarkets.

FREE CAMPING: Some sites allow you to camp for free. Search “free camping sites” on Google and you could bag a UK holiday costing next to nothing.

PICNIC GEAR: Wilko is a great place to pick up disposable barbecues as well as good value picnic gear. You can buy fleece blankets for just £6 and a cool box for £15. Ikea also do cheap picnic blankets and that would be a good place to buy plastic containers if you don't want to splash out on a fancy picnic basket.

GETTING THERE: Check which petrol stations have the cheapest fuel before a long drive. At petrolprices.com, or via its app, you can see where fuel is most affordable. Free apps such as Waze will help you avoid traffic.

FREE DAYS OUT: Websites including vouchercodes.co.uk might help you get cheaper tickets into attractions while you are on holiday. Google “free days out” for the area where you are holidaying. If you buy tickets for an attraction, do it online before you go. That is often cheaper than buying them on the door or at the gates – and look out for “family saver” tickets too.

  • Follow Gemma, 39, on Instagram at @moneymumofficial.




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