Saving Money in the Run Up to Your Family Holiday

Save money and Get the best rates on your hotels
Jon at The Money Shed
Jon at The Money Shed

We are delighted to have Jon from The Money Shed guest posting for us this week.

Jon’s site is the UK’s largest community website dedicated to earning money from home!

He has so much good advice to impart, so take a look at The Money Shed, or visit Jon on his social channels.

Today Jon is talking to us about saving money in the run up to your family holiday.


Holidays these days can cost a serious amount of money, I don’t think there’s any way of getting away from that. Being the money savvy, personal finance expert that I am though I always try and do everything I can to get the cost down before we depart on our holiday.

With that in mind I thought I’d share with you 3 top tips to get that cost down so that you have more money to spend when you are there and can enjoy yourself a heck of a lot more.

The eBookers LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEED hotel booking loophole

I can’t stress just how important that loophole is! eBookers offer a ‘price match’ policy up to 48hrs before you go whereby if you find the hotel price cheaper ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET you can submit a refund request and get a refund back to your card! I’ve written a very easy to follow blog post here about how you use this loophole to your advantage and with a few clicks you can GUARANTEE you are getting the cheapest price for the hotel you are booking.

Save money and Get the best rates on your hotels
Save money and get the best rates on your hotels

Buy as many toiletries as you can before you go

Maybe not the most exciting piece of holiday advice you’ve ever been given but I can’t count how many times we used to go on our holiday and by the time we had reached the airport or hotel had realised that we had left various things at home.

It’s because of this that we always go to ASDA a few days before we are due to leave and hit their ‘travel toiletries’ section. Here you can get everything from toothbrushes and deodorant to skincare cream and sponges but in miniature sizes. The idea is that you take these with you and at the end of the holiday you just dump them at the hotel. It means that you don’t end up having to spend more money than you should when you get there trying to buy things and best of all it means no coming home with a soggy sponge which is dripping onto your toothbrush!

Buy travel sized toiletries cheaply before you go to save money on holiday
Buy travel sized toiletries cheaply before you go

Travel Cards

Years ago I used to be a firm believer of just transferring my GBP into whatever currency I was after however a trip to Florida a few years ago changed all that as I was introduced to FairFx.

FairFx offer a travel card which lets you transfer money ‘on the fly’ to your travel card no matter what currency you are after. The advantage of this is that you get a better rate and also if you suddenly need access to more money while you are abroad instead of having to withdraw off tour UK debit card and getting a ‘fee’ charged you can just use their smartphone app and it will send money over to the card ‘fee free!’.

I hope these small bits of advice are helpful. I always feel the last thing you want to be worrying about when on holiday is money so using these tips should mean you have a much more enjoyable time with more spare cash to spend than ever!

Thanks for these top tips Jon! 


Some great tips from a money expert about how to save money on the run up to your family holiday, including a great hotel hack!
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29 Replies to “Saving Money in the Run Up to Your Family Holiday”

  1. Great tips Jon. I use a Fairfx card and also a Halifax clarity credit card, this gives you the best Mastercard exchange rate as well as not charging you a currency conversion fee abroad.
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Great tip thanks Mellissa

  2. Lindsey London Mumma says: Reply

    What great tips, especially about the travelcards and hotel costs and I shall certainly be doing the latter.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Lindsey, we will be taking Jon’s advice too.

  3. Some fab tips. I need to investigate on the ebookers loophole as that really does sound like a no brainer!

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      It does, doesn’t it? I’m sure some cashback websites work with E-bookers too, so could be an extra little win.

  4. Good stuff to know. It is so difficult to plan if you’re having to watch every penny. Difficult because it just becomes a minefield. The eBookers lowest price guarantee is so good. Could result in a nice saving. Thanks for the useful advice.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Jen. I found that a really useful tip too.

  5. I’m a recent travel card convert – it makes life so much easier!

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Oh really? We must give it a try.

  6. Brilliant advice. I think the main thing is taking everything you need instead of wasting time and money buying more things because you’ve forgotten them or didn’t pack the JustInCases..

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      That’s absolutely right Renna (unless you know they will be cheaper wherever you’re going!)

  7. Great tips. I love the little minature travel toiletries! x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Emma. Hope they help next time you travel.

  8. Great tips to save a little bit of cash so you have more to spend on treats while you are away 🙂
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks, hope you find them useful.

  9. Some good tips there. I’d never heard of travel cards before.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Jenni, we hadn’t either – it was really useful to have Jon’s expert advice!

  10. Great travel tips. I take a lot of toiletries when I go on holiday. I like to have what I need.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I know, nothing worse than not being able to find your favourite brand!

  11. I always take full size toiletries in the case as they’re much cheaper to buy!

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Yes, that makes sense if they are cheaper.

  12. ahh that card sounds a great idea. Will look into it! X
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Yes I thought so too, I need to get one!

  13. Really useful tips, especially about the travel currency! Given the direction the pound has been going in, every penny counts 🙂

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Lou, glad you found them helpful.

  14. Awesome tips! I like the idea of the travel card.
    Family holidays can be quite expensive, so every little bit helps 🙂
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      That’s true Jayne. I’m looking into the travel card too.

  15. Great tips! Holidays cost so much, so it’s always good to save wherever possible 🙂

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