AFTER-SCHOOL clubs can boost kids’ confidence and teach them new skills.
But these extra-curricular activities don’t come cheap. Parents spend £237.52 per child per academic year, on average, according to one poll.
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Here is how to cut the cost of after-school activities.
- Buy second-hand. From sports gear to musical instruments, buying used can save you serious dosh. Raid older siblings’ belongings, check eBay and Gumtree or ask other parents at school. Could you organise swaps via Facebook? You can also rent almost anything on sites like fatllama.com.
- Cash in on discounts. Most clubs have fees to join but they may do free trials, so your youngsters can give it a go without a financial commitment. Often there are early-bird offers for the first people who sign up. Could you get a group of their friends together and ask for a group discount? If you travel in a group, car-share to save petrol.
- Find free clubs. Check your local council’s website for free activities. In London, Sun Savers found a free gardening club for local children — with snacks provided. Their school might offer free activities too, so check with teachers to find out. Or arrange activities with other parents. You could have crafting sessions at each others’ homes as a cheap way to keep your kids entertained while learning skills.
- Learn with them. Music lessons are notoriously expensive — typically £30 an hour, the Incorporated Society of Musicians says. But there are loads of free resources online to help you learn. Snag them a second-hand instrument then turn to YouTube. Search “Guitar for beginners” and you will find plenty of tutorial videos.
- Save on food and drink. If there is a chunk of time in between school and home, the kids will get peckish. Stock up on cereal bars and easy-peel fruit so they can snack affordably. Asda does six Smartprice Chocolate & Nut Muesli Bars for 70p and its Chosen By Kids Easy-Peasy Peelers (500g) cost £1.10. Pick up a Fruit Infuser Water Bottle from Matalan for £5, so you can jazz up their drinks with slices of oranges and lemons.
- Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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Win £15,000 with Sun Savers Raffle
THERE’S still time join in with this month’s Sun Savers Raffle – where the paper you’re holding could be worth £15,000!
For each Sun Savers code you enter you will get a ticket into our £15,000 monthly raffle. Plus, collect ten raffle tickets in a calendar month and you’ll get a GOLDEN TICKET into our huge £80k raffle which takes place every three months.
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Fancy getting involved? Just head to the Sun Savers app or website and opt-in to each month’s raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted. Then start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily inside the paper. Today’s code is on page 20.
Each time you enter a code you will earn yourself a monthly raffle ticket. With no limit on how many tickets you can collect per month, make sure you enter as many Sun Savers codes as possible to give yourself the best chance of winning. You’ve got to be in it to win it!
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Win £27,000 for uni fees
DON’T miss Saturday’s paper for the launch of our latest Sun Savers competition – Win Your Uni Fees.
With A-Level results having come out on Thursday and thousands of people across the country securing their spots at university, we thought we’d help out by sending one lucky student to University for FREE.
Our latest Sun Savers competition – Win Your Uni Fees – launches in next Saturday’s paper[/caption]
Here at The Sun we know just how expensive University has become, that’s why we’re giving away £27,000 to one person to pay for their fees.
Already studying at university? Don’t worry, you can enter too.
This competition is open to anyone who is currently a student, starting university this September or simply knows a student who they think deserves this prize.
To be in with a chance of winning this incredible competition, all you need to do is enter TEN of the 18 Sun Savers codes which will be printed daily from Saturday, August 25, then hit “enter” on Sun Savers.
Make sure you pick up next Saturday’s copy of The Sun to find out more about this fantastic competition.
Last chance to book with Hols From £9.50
HERE’S another chance to grab one of our Hols From £9.50.
There are 195 parks across the UK and Europe to choose from, at an unbeatable price.
If you find your exact holiday cheaper within 28 days of booking, we will refund the difference plus £10.
Choose a midweek break and get a fourth night’s stay free. To join in, just collect SEVEN Sun Savers codes or differently numbered tokens/codewords, printed daily until September 1.
Collecting tokens/codewords? Enter them at thesun.co.uk/holidays or post them using the online booking form.
If you are collecting Sun Savers codes, opt in to Hols From £9.50 in the Offers section in the app or on sunsavers.co.uk.
You can even use the cash in your Sun Savers wallet.
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Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.
Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have collected 28.
This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.
For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.
We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.
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