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10 Top Money Saving Tips - Leisure

Time to save! As the UK economy shows no immediate signs of recovery here are 10 top money saving tips enabling you to still enjoy life while not breaking the bank

With today’s uncertain economic environment, job insecurity and inflationary pressures everyone is feeling the need to save money for an uncertain future. At the same time, working harder means we need to enjoy the leisure time we have to our fullest ability. Recent psychological research has shown that money spent on experiences rather than material possessions promotes greater happiness and well being in the long run, so it’s a great time to think about how you can make your cash stretch a bit further, while still making great memories for the future. Here are ten tips for thrifty and memorable experiences:

1. Get online:
Consider joining and using an online voucher site. Almost any trip can be enhanced by these sites which contain loads of special offers and a wealth of ideas to enhance your trip. Why not check Groupon deals in Manchester for inspiration?

2. Plan travel ahead:
The cost of train travel is increasing beyond inflation but there are ways to beat the crunch. By purchasing your tickets well in advance you can save up to 50% on many fares.

3. Bulk buy cinema tickets:
For film fans, Cineworld’s unlimited card offers great value for money. Watch all the films you want for a mere £14.99 a month.

4. Get your 15 minutes of fame:
Grab yourself free audience tickets to some of the UK’s most popular shows via station websites. Shows such as X-Factor, Harry Hill's TV Burp and The Graham Norton Show are all in on the act.

5. Go 2 for 1:
If you’re visiting London and you’ve made your trip by train then you may be eligible for 2 for 1 admission to a host of attractions. Check the Day Out Guide for what’s available. Other parts of the country are covered by similar offers including the South East Offers website and the West Midlands’ VisitTheHeart site. For cheap admission to attractions in the North of the UK check for Groupon deals in Liverpool.

6. Get on court for free:
Free tennis coaching and court usage is available at thousands of courts in the UK. You can book online and attend a two-hour coaching session. Now could be the time to work on your backhand!

7. Jump in the pool:
Free swimming lessons and 2 for 1 pool usage are available nationally through the Big Splash Campaign. Get in touch with your nearest participating swimming pool and they will email you a voucher for a session.

8. Book your bed ahead:
Search the web carefully and you can grab some great deals for accommodation. If you fancy taking advantage of one of their great deals in Newcastle, Groupon are offering one night bed and breakfast minibreaks for two from only £29 in the Twice Brewed Inn. Stunning views of Hadrian’s wall from the stone walled interior of your room offer an excellent launch pad for hiking and sight-seeing.

9. Cheap laughs:
Cheap laughs just got even cheaper with the Highlight comedy clubs’ £1 offer. The chain of venues formerly known as Jongleurs is running this deal throughout October.

10. Get bowled over:
Up to six people can enjoy 2 for 1 games every day Bowlplex. Check online for your nearest alley and try to improve your personal best.

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