The summer holidays are approaching.  I have heard on the grapevine that gin is disappearing off the supermarket shelves like brandy at Christmas.

It can be an expensive time.

Fear not.

I have compiled a list of ways to survive the summer with the kids without spending a fortune, or at least more than the cost of a couple of bottles of gin.

Rubbish

Save it – I am told that keeping your rubbish can be a great way to entertain the kids.  My friend Maggie, over at RedTedArt, can make a masterpiece from loo rolls.

My approach is a little different…

When I say save your rubbish, I mean save your egg cartons.  If you focus, start early and beg from friends, by the time the holidays roll around you will be able to cover your bedroom wall in egg cartons, creating a sound proof haven.

When the holidays hit hard, grab a glass of Gordon’s, hit your inner sanctuary and stay hidden until you feel calm once more.

It is thrifty because it doesn’t cost a penny!

Get active.

Fields are free.  Find one, pop the kids at one end, and leg it to the other end.  Take a hip-flask, some tonic and a slice and wait to be found.  Once found, take them back to the top and start again.

Join the library.

Reading is good, but they also have films.  TV for kids is like funny cigarettes for students.  It creates a zombie like focus with sudden bursts of giggles.  One and a half hours of quiet for them and sheer peace for you.  Gin is optional, but I recommend it.

Go see the family.

Relatives make super babysitters.

Go for walks.

Leave the kids with relatives.

Encourage playdates.

At other peoples houses.

Play at being a Victorian Household.

Make them the maids.

Teach them a form of cooking.

Try make your own beer – fun for all the family.

Enjoy your thrifty summer

For possibly more serious ideas check out the lovely Becky and Cass – they will help you through…

Or you can just buy more gin.