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Guest blog : How to save money when booking your next holiday

Hey! I’m Laura and I’m thrilled to be writing for Epril and Amy today. After spending 8 months travelling in the last year, my travel and lifestyle blog is filled with adventures, stories and advice about backpacking around the world. Follow my adventures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or subscribe to my blog to keep up with the latest travel, food and lifestyle updates. Now, onto those money saving tips… 


It’s time to book a holiday! Among the excitement, picking the right one can sometimes be a minefield: we want the best deal but also convenience and hassle-free booking. While these things don’t always go hand in hand, I’m going to share with you a couple of really simple ways that you can save money on your next holiday. Whether you want a solo adventure, couples retreat or a fun family getaway, these tips should work for everyone!

Plan your dates

It’s an old favourite but if you can avoid peak travel times, you can save hundreds on your breaks. July and August is peak summer season in Europe while the price of travelling to Asia soars during the cooler months of December to February. If you need to work around the kids holidays, the best deals can often be found in October and February half terms – and the weather is still warm in parts of southern Europe. Bonus tip: if you’re unable to avoid jetting off in peak season, flying midweek is often still cheaper than weekends!

Search for added extras

Bonus freebies are my favourite thing. You know those deals where they throw in a three course meal or free upgrade? Yep, I’m all over them. From kids eat free offers to free airport transfers, it’s always worth having a look if your tour operator or hotel is offering any extras that you’re already expecting to pay for. Backpackers, even hostels are on the ball with this one! My favourite hostel extras include free breakfast, social activities and even a load of laundry – hey, it’s the little costs that add up!

Think outside the box

Often, the first thing we do when we search for accommodation is head to one of the popular booking sites or get it all wrapped up in a package deal. Now, I’m definitely not knocking the ease of these deals but with just a little extra time to look you can find awesome places to stay that could even save you a chunk! Take Airbnb: if you prefer to self cater, apartments or holiday homes to rent can often be a better, cheaper option than a hotel room. Plus, you’ll often have a host contact who can give you local tips to help you see a new side of the area.

Location, location, location

Unless you’re staying in a small town with everything in walking distance, location is crucial. It’s all a balance between the cost of your accommodation and transport. You might save £50 on that hotel outside of the city centre but if you account for the cost of transport each day, it can sometimes work out better just to pay a little extra to be right in the thick of it. This isn’t always the case but it’s definitely worth checking it out before you pick an area.

Carry snacks

This advice, I live by. Whether you’ve got a hangry other half with a seemingly bottomless stomach (I’m definitely guilty) or you’re trying to save money on pricey cafes, carrying a couple of snack bars can alleviate a surprising amount of troubles. If you’re enjoying a day out at the beach, heading to a supermarket to buy a picnic can be way cheaper – and more fun to eat! – than having to pack up and leave for a restaurant. Similarly, if you’re packing in a ton of city sights into a short time, having something in your bag means that you can eat on the go with more time for the sights!

Keep an eye on the exchange rat 

It sounds boring but a saving is a saving, right? Before you go, use a comparison site to find the best, commission free rate for more money in your pocket before you even start! While you’re away, a good rule to keep in mind is to live by the local cost of living. For example, if you visit Vietnam, paying £5 for a meal may seem cheap by UK standards but actually, you’ll end up spending way more than you should.

Busy area? Take advantage

In popular tourist hotspots, there’s often a ton of competition and this can mean that ou can bag yourself a great deal by being a little savvy. Different restaurants will have happy hour deals or special lunch offers to persuade you to eat there – scope out the best ones and enjoy! Venturing off into a quieter side street can also reveal hidden gems. You can often bargain tour prices down a little too, especially if there’s a group of you. But remember, while not being ripped off is important, be sensitive in poorer areas too. While haggling down an extra one or two pounds may not make much of a difference to you, that could be a days worth of meals in Cambodia.

How do you like to save money on your holidays? Leave your comments below, I’d love to know more!

Laura x

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The Newbie’s Guide On How To Get Free Stuff

There is plenty of free stuff that you can take advantage of over the Web. There are numerous companies that give away free samples of the products that they sell and if you just take a bit of time to request these free items, products will start arriving in your postbox regularly.

Before you begin, here are some FAQ for you to read through, particularly if you happen to be new to these free offers. The advice below applies more to the “real life”, free stuff.

Before we start, for a bit of reassurance, at wowfreestuff.co.uk are a completely family friendly site and security and safety is our top priority. Everything that you will find has already been checked to make sure the offer is legitimate and we do not send out any unsolicited emails to our visitors. You do not even need a password or an email to gain entry. You can just start surfing immediately.

 

 Setting Up A Secondary Free E-Mail Address

You can create a free, secondary e-mail address through companies such as Hotmail, Google or Yahoo! This has nothing to do with receiving spam, but rather when you do request freebies you will most likely have to give your e-mail address or you may have to opt-in for a newsletter as part of these deals. What this means is that you will probably receive promotional newsletters or material from a company that you requested your freebie from. To assist with this issue and avoiding your main or work email address from becoming cluttered, you can save yourself from these hassles with a secondary account.

 

How Can This Stuff All Be Free, Is There A Catch?

In actual fact, there is in fact a catch and it happens to be an innocuous one and something that you do not need to be concerned about when you follow this advice. The catch involves that you need to opt-in to the e-mailing list. In addition, you will have to supply your physical address in order to receive your samples or free items. However, in over a decade of requesting these freebies, we have not once encountered issues with junk e-mails or mail that clutters your mailbox. Keep in mind that we only show legitimate freebies from companies that are well established who really treat privacy in a serious way and comply with the Data Protection Legislation. However, not every site is safe as they may claim to be. It is still a good to be cautious and when the offer seems to “be too good to be true” in most cases it is.

 

Will You Get Spammed?

We do not deal with spammers and this includes the sites which we list. The term “spam” is unsolicited and none of the sites that we have listed send out unsolicited e-mails.

 

How Long Can You Expect To Wait?

This will vary from one company to the next. A few businesses send out samples in a couple of weeks, but the typical time frame is usually in 28 days.

 

My Friend Received Her Sample, But Mine Never Arrived

On the rare occasion, samples that you have requested will not arrive, even once your friend has received theirs. The companies that offer free samples through the Web often underestimate the demands on their products. This means that they can run-out of these freebies fast. Here at wowfreestuff.co.uk, when we have not received the free sample or product, we quickly remove the offer to prevent further disappointment. It is important to try and request freebies as they become available. However, there are always numerous offers that you can choose from, so it is important to keep trying.

 

Can Samples Be Sent For Events?

Due to the fact that we just review and then list the samples from the different manufacturers, we do not have freebies that we can directly send to you. If you are planning an event, you may want to make contact with the different large health & beauty and cosmetic companies. A few may be willing to send you hundreds or even thousands of samples, dependent on your request.

Other than what we have mentioned above, that is all you really need to know, to get your hands on your own free samples. If you happen to have any suggestions or comments contact us today.

 

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Top tips on saving for a holiday.

Going for a holiday outside the uk can be a bit expensive, especially for a family of 5 like us. We love to go to our native country, the Philippines, as much as we can. We can only afford to go for a holiday to the Philippines every few years since the tickets are very expensive. We’ve went there last year so going for a holiday again this year is out of the plan.

However, my husband was checking prices everyday and took advantage an offer. We are going in August which means there is only a few months left for us to save for our holiday. Continue reading “Top tips on saving for a holiday.”

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Free fidget spinner!

Are your kids desperate for these?! I know mine are and they are sold out everywhere nearby!

Well here is a free one for you, all you have to do is sign up over at simply eliquid, you will be sent a referral code, share that and you will be sent a spinner. 


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*giveaway is not associated with Eps and Amy blog, we are passing on a good deal for you. All information is correct as we understand it, but please read terms and conditions of entry yourself. We cannot be held responsible. 

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How to Save Money when Moving House

It’s a well-known fact that buying and moving into a new home is an expensive and stressful venture. However, there are a few things that you can do to ease the financial burden of packing up all your stuff and moving on.

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