Have a Savvy Summer with Lotty Earns

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The sun is shining, and we’re pumping up our paddling pools - which can only mean one thing, summer is officially here (finally!). 

So whether you’re out sunning yourself on the beach, or sitting in front of a fan refusing to leave the house (like me), I’m here to give you the best summer saving tips so you have more to spend on ice-cream.

Visit the pound shop before hitting the beach

Whatever you do, don’t turn up at the beach with the kids without a bucket and spade, lilo etc because you’ll pay through the nose at souvenir shops.

At Poundland right now, you can get an outdoor golf set, paddling pool, snorkelling kit, frisbees and beach balls all for a quid each - whereas similar items in tourist areas are often a tenner or more. 

Make your own lollipops

I may be showing my age here, but I remember the days lollypops were just 50p each, but those days are long gone. My local ice-cream van sells them for £1.20, so I make sure I'm topped up with home-made alternatives.

Check out Sunny D’s July lollipop recipe for some great ideas! 

If you’re going abroad in the EU, there’s now no need to get a phone card or pay for WIFI

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on holiday over the summer, there’s even more good news. You don’t need to pay for pricey hotel WIFI or fork out for a phone card because members of the European Parliament have voted through new rules that scrap mobile roaming charges.

So basically, UK mobile phone users who travel within Europe will only have to pay the same prices as they would at home - which means you won't get a horrible bill meeting you back home from all those hotdog leg pictures. 

Pay less to see the summer blockbusters 

The most anticipated films of the year hit our screens in the summer, including Wonder Woman (it’s so good!), Despicable Me 3, Spider Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes. 

You can get 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday and Wednesday if you sign up to Compare The Market. Stay with me, because I know it sounds complicated and expensive, but it isn’t. 

All you have to do is buy travel insurance for one day in the UK (will cost about £2) - you don’t actually have to go anywhere. You’re then a customer, so will get a free cinema ticket every week for the rest of the year. 

Having a BBQ? Then buy frozen

Are you even having a British summer if you’re not burning sausages in the BBQ? Us Brits love cooking outdoors whether its one of those fancy gas ones, or a disposable BBQ from the corner shop. 

You don’t need to fork out on expensive fresh meat either. For example, Iceland has a big BBQ frozen pack with 24 items for just £5 which you can cook from frozen, then finish on the BBQ (or let defrost completely) - which does the job.