Our money columnist Amanda Blinkhorn rounds up the best offers and ways to save for you each week


Here’s how to make that hard-earned holiday money go further…

Think before you splurge on expensive days out. Booking online is almost always cheaper – particularly for The Eden Project where you automatically save 10 per cent (you also save if you arrive on foot, by bike or by public transport so save those ticket stubs). Find out more here. Trawl the newspapers for vouchers and freebies. For example The Sun newspaper is offering free tickets to Thorpe Park – take advantage of their online free trial but don’t forget to unsubscribe if you don’t want the monthly direct debits to kick in.

Don’t miss out on Kids’ Week, London theatres’ annual present to the star-struck but cash-poor. West End theatres offer a free child’s ticket for every full-paying adult throughout the month of August. Participating shows include The Railway Children, The Commitments and Stomp. Find out more here.

Cath Kidston is holding a summer sale, which means her covetable florals have moved from the “wouldn’t it be luverly” basket to the “Who will buy” hamper. Particularly good value at the moment are her baby clothes (dresses down to £22) and bags and wallets (her Rainbow rose large carryall is half price down to £17). Find out more here.

If you’re self-catering this summer take the time to send an exploratory e-mail to your host inquiring about what staples are available in your accommodation – and point out that you’re not averse to taking over the last guest’s left-overs. Overzealous hosts often strip the cupboards bare meaning that each new visitor has to restock on olive oil, coffee and sugar. Swallow your pride and save your cash for the cheese, olives and seafood.

You don’t have to go to Provence to be soothed by the scent of fresh lavender – Norfolk Lavender is clearing its shelves to make way for the new harvest. Its waterlily olive and lavender room sprays and bubble baths are a refreshing £3.99 at the moment. Find out more here.

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