How to save money on school holidays

School holidays can be an expensive time but there are ways you can save money, even when you take a holiday.

School holidays put a strain on the household budget but you can have fun without blowing the budget.

A new survey by NRMA has confirmed kids cost a lot of money during the school holidays, with 72 per cent saying the breaks are a financial burden.

Around half of those who responded to the survey said school holiday blowouts caused additional family stress. Worryingly, more than a quarter said they were anxious for their financial future.

Actually taking a holiday is difficult for many families, with 71 per cent of those surveyed saying that they had to make sacrifices to go on holidays at all.

However, family finance expert Canna Campbell said parents could make a few small changes to make budgeting the school holiday budget a less daunting task.

“We all know school holidays in particular are an expensive time for families. With the increased cost of living, taking a holiday with the family is harder,” she said.

However, Ms Campbell said holidays were worth the investment for families.

“This is where we create memories, connect and bond as a family, and recharge our batteries,” she said.

“With the right tools family holidays don’t have to add extra stress on the household budget.”

Ms Campbell’s top tips for budget-friendly family holidays:

1. Research and plan: Research as much as possible and plan your days out so you can then sort your budget. Prioritise where you want to go and what to visit as family so additional costs don’t creep in.

2. Join a member benefits program like NRMA Blue where you can access discounts on accommodation, travel, entry fees and entertainment.

4. Consider free attractions such as libraries, local markets, museums and parks. Climbing trees, a bucket and spade in a sand pit, playing in the ocean don’t cost a cent.

5. Always pack snacks when you go out, and especially for long car trips. Hungry tummies can be expensive, so take water and snacks to help save money

6. Consider staying in self-contained accommodation so you can prepare meals or eat in before heading out for the day. Somewhere where you can easily do a load of washing without being charged a fortune is also helpful.