Buying a static caravan is a big investment that needs careful financial consideration. You don’t need to worry about paying the whole lot in one go, but whether or not you’re taking out a finance package, you should think about the additional costs you might incur. So here’s a quick breakdown of what’s included and what’s not when you buy a holiday home at Haven.

Included:

Access to the park’s activities and facilities

One of the main benefits of staying on a holiday park is undoubtedly the access you get to the great facilities, activities and entertainment that will keep the whole family happy. Kids and teenagers will be the first to complain about being bored but on a holiday park there’ll be something to keep them occupied all week.

Most facilities, such as the heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, are included as standard but as holiday home owners you’ll also be entitled to special privileges on park. For a group of 4 or 5 this is great as it gives you 15% off on purchases around the park – great if you’re eating out! All you need to do is show your privilege card and you’ll also get free sports and leisure activities to save you getting your wallet out.

Not included:

Running costs

After you’ve finished choosing the correct caravan park for your static caravan, it’s time to think about finance. Buying a static caravan isn’t just as simple as paying for the caravan; you’ll also have running costs to pay. This includes your water, gas and electricity bills and to make sure you’re not caught short, it’s a good idea to budget for this. Generally water bills tend to cost around £500 while average gas and electricity bills are around £420.

Site fees

Another additional cost you’ll incur is site fees; covering park maintenance, security, landscaping and the use of the park’s facilities. These fees can be quite costly so it’s best to look into them in advance to avoid any nasty surprises.

One handy tip is to ask how much the site fees are on different parks and on different pitches. Some pitches have higher site fees than others so doing your research could save you some money. You could even treat yourself to a meal out with the money you save!

 

 

What is it?

The SafeGrip rugged case and stand for the iPad is a bit of a godsend.

Put simply it is an ultra sturdy case for an iPad that makes it safe to live in a house with preschooler and over exuberant seven year olds.  We first got an iPad almost twelve months ago and within 12 hours of owning it my beloved then two year old daughter launched it out of the car window. It didn’t survive the fall.

When we saved enough pennies and spoke to the insurance man we invested in a new iPad, but the fear never left us.  What if she did it again?

We invested in a case but it never truly looked sturdy enough so when she gets her turn on the tablet I tend to be glued to her side.

The we were introduced to SafeGrip.

Features

Tough, padded protection against drops and bumps

Built to survive the outdoors, kids and shared-use environments

Protects screen against scratches and smudges

Handle for carrying, ideal for kids and prevents drops

Handle doubles as a stand with type and view modes

Built-in stylus holder and personalization pocket

Preserves access to all ports

Protects iPad 2 through iPad 4

Thoughts

We love it, the case gives us peace of mind, but also it works as a great stand so the iPad doubles as a TV screen when I am cooking in the kitchen.  My little one can carry the case with confidence using the handle but as parents we don’t feel like we are handling a toy.   It gets a big thumbs up from us.

How much is it?

The version my daughter is modeling above is £39.99 and can be purchased here.  It may sound expensive, however when you have seen your iPad smashed to smithereens on the floor it seems perfectly justified!

To anyone who likes their technology in one piece and has an energetic family like ours I would highly recommend.

We were sent a SafeGrip to review, all thought are my own.

Dear small ones,

I am probably not your best ambassador for money.  Truth is, I am outstanding at spending it and am still trying to figure out how to save it.

However, I want you to grow up with a good idea of how pounds and pence work, so when life throws a curveball you don’t have to lose sleep worrying about money.

Your Grandad taught me…

“If you have a problem money can solve, you don’t have a problem.”

He is right, but having some money tucked away somewhere safe can ease your mind.  For example, when you all developed your different health conditions I knew my place was at home, not with my legs under a desk in the office.

We made life changes, which included selling up and moving home.  We were not prepared to be a single income family, we were not ready for the catalyst of change that epilepsy, hip dysplasia, and Type 1 Diabetes would mean to our financial life.

Learn from us, don’t be like us.

It was worth pinching the pennies, changing our lives, to spend more time watching you grow, playing and helping you stay in great health.

But for you,

For you, I have this advice.

Use your money wisely.  Put some away, speak to people who know, set up an account with someone like thinkmoney, pay your bills and for the love of God don’t get into debt. Have money for a rainy day.

Spend on doing what you love, buy books, see the world, make every penny count.  Use your money to experience new cultures and have adventures, just make sure you have some waiting in the bank at home.

And maybes,

Just maybes,

You could put a little aside for your mum and dads retirement?

Love

Mum

 

* This is an entry to a competition being hosted by thinkmoney

 

 

Bodmin Jail, set in the middle of Cornwall, is a terrifying, yet gripping, family attraction which documents life in an eighteenth century jail.
It was featured on Most Haunted in 2005, and after spending a couple of hours exploring the six levels of spooky jail space, it is easy to see why Yvette Fielding declared it one of Britain scariest places to spend the night.

What is there?

The exhibition is set in three acres of the original jail which was built for King George III in 1779.  It details how the jail was built, how its purpose has changed over centuries and shares the history of some of its notorious inmates.

You can see an execution pit, stand in a cell (if you dare), and put your other half in the stocks.

Is it any good?

It is slightly terrifying.  The lower levels of the prison are dimly lit and creepy wax models of murderers and thieves stare at you from their cells.  As soon as you enter the cold overwhelms you and the hairs on the back of your neck begin to tremble.

It is devastatingly saddening when you read about women hanged for drowning their illegitimate babies.  You cannot help but feel a heart tug when you read stories of children imprisoned and flogged for stealing bread.  Then you taste disgust at cold hearted murderers who beat their wives with irons and tossed them in the fire to burn.

I thought the children would be scared and worried we had brought them to something inappropriate for their age.  However, they loved the exhibits, belly laughed at their father in the stalls and saw the exhibits as fantasy, unreal relics from a history that will never impinge on their present.

The only person really scared was me.  I stayed away from dark corners, shrank back from the statues, and although I found it utterly fascinating I was very happy to feel the sun on my face when we reached the exit.

Value for money

The tour cost £25 for my family of five and we spent 2.5 hours wandering around the dark cells and learning more about the 18th century British correction system.  It felt a fair price to pay and the whole family enjoyed the experience.
(Now I just hope those wax works don’t make it into my dreams!)

Have you met these delightful aliens?

They are part of the Wotwot family, and are normally a little smaller than the one Libby-Sue is embracing.

In this post you get a chance to win your very own SpottyWot and DottyWot (just leave a comment to enter via the rafflecopter.)

The Wotwots are a New Zealand pre school series that delight the younger viewer with the adventures of two siblings from Outer Space.

The endearing friendship between the two is cute and captivating.  This is proven by the way my three year old stands in front of the TV dancing everytime the show begins.

The second series is just starting on Channel 5’s Milkshake and is narrated by Nicholas Parsons OBE.

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