HAVING little ones can make a big dent in your bank balance. The cost of raising one child to the age of 21 is estimated to be £230,000 — so no wonder “mummy saving” is big news.
This week, one mum told how she makes up to £500 a month selling her kids’ toys on eBay. Boost your parent bank balance with these tips . . .
CHANGE THINGS: If you bank with Lloyds, Halifax or Bank of Scotland, use Save The Change. When you buy something with your debit card, they round up the amount to the nearest Pound and transfer the difference into your savings account. Monzo’s app also lets you set aside money from your current account into a virtual “pot”, automatically rounding up your purchases to the nearest Pound and saving the difference. If, say, your coffee costs £2.20, it will send over the 80p. Or you could join a scheme such as Switchcraft, which automatically switches you to the cheapest energy deal, saving money long-term.
BOOK SMART: Got old books, DVDs or games lying around gathering dust? webuybooks.co.uk and ziffit.com let you trade them in for cash, including school textbooks and pregnancy guides.
BACK YOURSELF: Make money when you shop by using cashback sites, such as topcashback.co.uk and quidco.com. Most banks and building societies also have cashback schemes, paying up to 15 per cent when you use your debit card online and in store.
BUY NOT?: Sign up to site babyswaporshop.co.uk to sell baby or maternity items. Other users will buy anything from previously-owned bedding to cots, pushchairs and even nursing pillows. You can also swap items if you both have items you need. It is ideal if you have got old stuff cluttering up your garage or loft.
GET THE GIFT: Turn old gift cards into cash by heading to zapper.co.uk, which buys unused vouchers and gift cards for around a quarter less than the face value.
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Deal of the day
ARGOS is the place to go for gardening equipment. Pick up a WORX leaf blower for £52.32. Was £79.99.
ENJOY a pamper night with Garnier’s SkinActive charcoal and algae sheet mask, down from £2.99 to £1.99 at Boots.
My Sun Savers fiver
LESLIE GEE from Steyning, West Sussex, says: “I use my Sun Savers fivers to buy my wife flowers, to say thank you for all she does for me.”
- Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if your tale is used. Please include your name and town.
I AM obsessed with Matalan’s glitter sliders, £4.50 (were £6). They look very similar to Office’s £15 pair.
Reader’s saving tip
PAULINE THOMPSON from Tipton, West Mids, says: “To fight pet smells, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, leave for around 15 minutes, then vacuum up.”
- Send your money-saving ideas to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if your submission is used. Please include your name and town.
How to get two FREE tickets to Warwick Castle worth over £55 with Sun Superdays
CHARGE down to Warwick Castle with your little princes and princesses with two FREE tickets worth more than £55 thanks to Sun Superdays.
Step back in time as you explore the picturesque castle and grounds and enjoy spectacular daily shows and attractions that bring history vividly to life — including the UK’s first Horrible Histories Maze attraction.
Choose your side in the live-action family show Wars Of The Roses Live, right, from Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, September 1.
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Plus catch must-see show, The Falconer’s Quest, featuring a great collection of eagles, buzzards and vultures soaring every day until November 3.
Warwick Castle is full to the turrets with amazing things to see and do.
Marvel at the medieval towers and battlements, try your hand at archery and explore the magnificent interiors of the Great Hall and State Rooms — there is something for everyone.
For more information check out the four-page Warwick Castle pullout in the paper today.
How do I get my Warwick Castle tickets?
To get a pair of free tickets, just download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk. Next, head to the “Offers” section and click “Start Collecting” on the “Superdays — Warwick Castle” page. Then, collect NINE Sun Savers codes from those printed daily in The Sun until Tuesday, July 9. Enter nine Sun Savers codes on the app or website to unlock booking.
Free cash, treats and prizes
Plus, with Sun Savers, you can pick the date you go from the best availability and have the chance to book a day earlier than others.
Alternatively, you can collect TEN of the 18 tokens we print in the paper — we publish one each day — and book using the booking form, today’s token and form can be found on the back page of the pullout.
This year with Sun Superdays you can get two free tickets to lots of the nation’s favourite attractions including, SEA LIFE Aquariums, The Bear Grylls Adventure and Madame Tussauds London — saving you hundreds of pounds.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Download the free app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk. Sun Savers is our rewards club that gives readers the chance to take advantage of FREE cash, treats and prizes.
For every 28 Sun Savers codes you collect, we give you a free fiver to spend however you like. Sun Savers codes are printed daily in the paper. Enter it on the Sun Savers app or website. Once you have entered 28, we stick £5 in your wallet.
- Subject to availability. Sun Savers £2 booking fee applies. T&Cs apply, visit the sun.co.uk/superdays.
Play now to win £50k in the Sun Raffle
JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Raffle today!
Every Sun Savers code you enter from the paper is your chance to win £50k every month! One code = one ticket.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.
To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app.
Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.
Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.
- T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk/faqs.
Fancy a free fiver?
YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.
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.
MOST READ IN MONEY TIPS
Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.
To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.
With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.
TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.
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