Fenland Christians Against Poverty offers summer saving advice for families
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A local charity is hoping to help stop families from overspending during the long school holidays.
The Fenland Christians Against Poverty debt centre says it sees too many families dipping into the red while children are off school.
Now they want to remind families of the free or low-cost activities that can be enjoyed instead of putting family finances at risk.
Fenland centre manager Sue Bradshaw said: “Outdoor options are more obvious when the weather is good but parents need to have a good game plan if it’s wet.
“It’s a really good idea to have some fun, cheap ideas up your sleeve.
“Many local councils have activities on offer for children in parks, libraries and leisure centres, while most museums are free and may have special summer events on offer.
“Ask yourself, are there any free festivals or free sporting events locally? Do your research and make a plan. Decide how much you can afford each week and create a ‘treats fund’ - however small - and talk about it with your children.
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“Involve them in how you will spend it – they will appreciate what happens so much more and it’s a great lesson for them. Older children may even earn some money to put into the pot by washing some cars or selling some old books or toys.”
For more information about Christians Against Poverty, visit www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006.