So much to consider when booking a holiday but the first has to be on deciding whether to holiday at home or abroad. Weather obviously comes into it but not everyone is keen on hot sunshine and so staying home might be an option for that reason. Our weather is generally always unpredictable and so if you are wanting guaranteed cooler weather you might not always get it! At times July has been hotter than the Mediterranean!
Other obvious factors to consider are:
- travel time
- accommodation and facilities
- length of stay
Ultimately it probably comes down to personal preference. Some people enjoy holidaying in England and there are beaches on the West Coast of Wales and down South around Cornwall that would rival most Spanish ones!
Food glorious food!
It isn’t always the case that a holiday at home is cheaper either. These days you can get deals on all inclusive holidays abroad and because you are guaranteed the weather, most of your expense is covered within this. It is surprising at just how much the costs add up for eating and drinking, especially if you have children who are in constant need of drinks, snacks and ice creams! If you are holidaying in England and have to self cater, look into whether you can get your weekly groceries delivered. If you are camping or staying on a caravan site this is not going to be an option, but if you have booked a cottage or place somewhere, you will most likely be able to get deliveries from the main supermarkets. Although you will want to eat out some of the time, getting your groceries delivered for the week means you won’t be paying out for all your food and drink at local stores which are much higher priced.
Are we there yet?
The time you have available is always a consideration because you aren’t going to be going to America or Australia in just a week. The time is takes to get to your destination and how you get there are also to be taken into consideration, especially if you have children. How many times have you heard, ‘are we there yet’, before you have even reached the motorway!?
The type of holiday will also most likely impact heavily on deciding whether to holiday at home or abroad. If you like action packed holidays you might prefer staying home, whereas if you enjoy lazing around in the sun, a beach holiday abroad will definitely be for you. If you’ve got children you will also want to ensure that their needs are met too in terms of things to do. There is nothing worse than bored kids while you are trying to relax in the sunshine!
Whatever you decide, make it happen. Work out the details before booking anything so that you know most of what you are looking for – it makes booking much easier and you are more likely to get what you want if you are clear about it!
Shopping around is always a good idea if you are going to get the most out of your money. We’ve done some research for you and given our top 4 tips on how to get the best deals on new furniture and appliances for the home:
Top tip #1
Know what you want!
Such an important point. We might think we want a new sofa or fridge freezer but have we actually got in our minds of the type of furniture or appliance we want? Get specific. If you aren’t sure think about style, colour and size. Look at your existing space and think about colours. If you are redoing a room then take some inspiration from images online or home interior magazines. If you are choosing an appliance where will it go, what colour are the other appliances. What are your requirements. Skipping this step may mean you end up with a gorgeous looking piece of furniture that doesn’t fit or isn’t right for you. Take your time over this. Once you know what you want it will be much easier to find. If you are looking for a black fridge freezer that has 4 drawers, an ice dispenser and is of particular size you are much more likely to find it than if you blindly search for fridge freezer!
Once you’ve decided on all the specifics of what you are looking for, set yourself a budget. This is SO important because it is very easy to get carried away with something you love and then later regret purchasing because you couldn’t really afford it. By budgeting – and by this we don’t mean buying something of lesser quality, we mean simply having a clear amount of money in your mind that you can spend on this particular piece of furniture or appliance. If you need more time to save or borrow then give yourself that. Better to wait a couple of months and get what you really want than to spend less and end up with something that isn’t quite right or of inferior quality. Yes, you’ve guessed it, when setting your budget, you then need to stick to it!
Window shopping isn’t something most of us enjoy, after all we love to buy! Window shopping is, however, really important when you are purchasing a larger item like furniture or an appliance. To get the best deals on new furniture or appliances for the home you are going to want to wander around different stores both on and offline. You know what you want and how much you have to spend so your task becomes far easier when armed with this information. Take your time to look at different options – online shopping can sometimes work out cheaper because the stores don’t always have the same overheads as physical high street stores do. However, larger stores sometimes discount heavily to make room for new stock too, so be sure to shop around and window shop until you drop to get the most out of your money. We loved this article recently by The Telegraph on !
Stick to your plan!
If you thought about what you want carefully and set your budget realistically you probably won’t need to change your plan. Stick to it! It can be very easy to get swayed by the price of something or the lure of a new colour or whatever it might be. Ensure you remind yourself of what you want, why you wanted it and how much you have to spend. Shopping is great fun but it can get out of hand if you don’t stick to your plan or you buy something impulsively. Following these simple steps should mean you end up not only with the best deals on new furniture and appliances for the home but actually get what you want too!