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Breaks are few and far between. We wanted to go away in the October half-term but couldn’t for family reasons, so we booked a long-weekend in December instead. Hubby, the kids, and I were desperate for a break. Read on to discover how we managed to get a bargain hot-tub holiday this winter, and how you can do the same.
Have a Holiday Fund
I always make sure we have a sum of money go to our holiday fund each month, so that we can take impromptu breaks when we need to. We both work extremely hard, life is busy, and rest is good for the soul. Unfortunately, I spent some of our holiday fund in October for unfortunate and unexpected events. That’s another sinking fund I need to work on, I’ll have accounts and pots coming out of my ears soon.
Keep Looking for Deals
Our go-to holiday site is Hoseasons, but I also like to keep an eye on Groupon to see which offers are available. It’s important to use the filters correctly, ensuring you select the right number of bedrooms etc. Once we decide we want to go away, we keep a date in mind. Then we watch for deals on a regular basis, preferring to book something last minute.
The only downside to this is that if you see something you like, it might get snapped up before you have a chance to book it.
Every now and then, new listings will be released that haven’t shown up before. This is exactly what happened with the site we booked.
To make things even better, it was a Black Friday sale, which means we got it at a discount!
Use Clubcard Points
At the time of writing this post, Tesco are doing Clubcard boost with their vouchers. We had £30 worth of vouchers. The Clubcard boost took our voucher value up to £90, which we could use against the outstanding balance.
Once our vouchers were converted, we added the voucher code, which brought our holiday down to £143!
Our Forest Holidays Break
We didn’t realise until we arrived, that we were staying in a Forest Holidays location, which can be quite expensive and considered by some to be similar to Centre Parcs￼.
Our lodge was, in fact, a cabin, complete with log burner, downstairs bathroom and twin room for the kids, and an upstairs master bedroom with en-suite. And of course, the customary hot tub to relax in after a long walk in the woods.
Short but lovely, it just goes to show you that as long as you budget for it, there’s no reason why you can’t treat yourself to a break while on a debt-free journey.