School’s out for Easter, and parents all over the North East will be faced with the age-old conundrum of how to treat the kids without breaking the bank.
This week’s cost cutters – all correct on 12 April 2022 – should give you some ideas to enjoy yourself on a budget.
1. If you’re thinking of getting the bikes out this weekend for the first run of the year, it might be an idea to pop along to Halfords and let a member of staff give them a quick once-over. The bicycle safety check at all of its stores, including 10 in the North East, will cover handlebars, wheels/tyres, gears/chain, brakes and saddle. The service is free and there’s no obligation to buy anything when there. It’s best to book online.
2. If you don’t fancy cooking after your bike ride, you can get between 10% and 30% off selected takeaways at Just Eat, depending on the day you look. This is an ongoing offer, but the takeaways taking part change from week to week. To see what’s on offer, enter your postcode and look for the red flags to indicate a discount. I did a search using a County Durham postcode and most participating outlets offered 20% off with a minimum spend of £15.
3. Planning on going further afield this Easter? Take the train and you can get 2for1 entry in more than 80 attractions UK-wide, including favourite North East venues Blackpool Tower Circus, York’s Chocolate Story and Edinburgh Dungeon. Register with Days Out Guide and and 2for1 code will generate onscreen. Copy it, and click through to the attraction’s own website and use the code right away to book two tickets online. On arrival at the attraction, you’ll need to present these alongside a valid train ticket dated for the same day. It’s worth doing this even if you are not travelling by train as the chances are a cheap train ticket will be cheaper than the entry ticket price. Call at the nearest station on your way and pick one up, then present it alongside your pre-booked tickets at the gate. Your rail ticket must show that you have travelled to a station near the attraction.
4. School holidays can be a good time for a clear-out, and you can get some cash for your efforts i f you take a bag of unwanted clothes or home textiles to your nearest H&M in Durham, Hartlepool, Newcastle or Sunderland . Drop off a standard supermarket bag full and you’ll get a voucher for £5 off a £25 instore spend.
5. More food – this time at the Co-Op. You can get two pizzas and a 4-pack of San Miguel lager for £5.50 until stores close on 19 April, or while stocks last. Just pick up two ‘Stonebaked’ pizzas (either Double Pepperoni and/or Margherita) and either a four pack of San Miguel/San Miguel 0.0% or a four pack of Diet/Zero sugar Coca Cola 250ml glass bottles. The items would normally cost £12.15, so it’s a good deal, and students can get a lower price of £4.95 for students with a 10% student discount card.
6. And finally – if you fancy a free cookie on your birthday, you’d better sign up for the Lidl app. You’ll receive the coupon in your Lidl Plus app on your birthday and will have seven days from then to use it. No minimum spend is required for this one.