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Advice to make your money go further this summer. 

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Getting out and about this summer doesn’t have to cost the earth. There’s plenty of free events happening across the Midlands for both adults and families. Many councils and local authorities have dedicated websites such as or which have special ‘what’s on’ sections for the summer holidays. You can also get discounted entry to attractions on various voucher websites.

Back to school 

Getting the kids kitted out can be done on a budget too, especially clothes for the new school year. Last year in July supermarkets such as Aldi were selling discounted school uniforms for £5 and many others were selling full uniforms for under £10. It’s worth checking for offers throughout the summer too, with many retailers continuing to discount clothing right up until September. And if your child’s school requires its crest or badge to be visible on uniforms, you can often buy badges from the school directly and sew them on to cheaper jumpers/blazers if required.

Gardening on a budget

Planting your garden for the summer months doesn’t have to be expensive, with many supermarkets now selling outdoor plants at very low prices. You can pick up climbing plants and flowering shrubs from as little as £2, and herbs like coriander and parsley from the salad counter for under £1. They will fill out a border, patio or window box brilliantly and will come back each year too.  

Stay safe in the sun 

If we do get a summer to savour like last year, then it’s worth topping up on sun cream. The sun can burn in as little as 10 minutes at midday, so always take precautions - even if it looks cloudy. We found cream available online from as little as £1, and Money Super Market has a great article about sourcing cheap lotions and on what to look out for when buying

And while we’re on the subject of burning, instead of leaving those last few sausages or chicken to blacken on the BBQ, why not wrap them in foil, leave to cool and then refrigerate for a cheap meal accompaniment. They’re great in sandwiches or chopped as part of a salad or pasta dish the next day. And don’t forget, if you are having a BBQ, be sure to follow health and safety manager Darren’s top tips in our Safety First barbecue safety article.

Having problems with your rent? Let us know 

Always remember rent payments are a priority and arrears can build up quickly.  If you are having trouble with your finances and struggling to pay either rent or service charges please let us know immediately. Our team works with lots of different organisations and can help you find independent advice. Our advice centre also has some great tips on managing your finances