As the summer sun begins to heat up, so do the prices of family outings. But just because the weather is getting warmer doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to have fun. Many supermarkets and restaurants are offering discounted kids' meals throughout the summer holidays. And in some places, kids eat free!
But if you prefer to stay home and cook with the family, Fair for You is here to help you save money there too. We’ve teamed up with Iceland to trial an ethical credit scheme called the Food Club Card – currently a pilot scheme available to new customers located in certain areas of England and Wales. With the Food Club Card, you can apply for a loan amount between £25 and £75 to use online and in-store at Iceland Food Warehouse Stores. As long as you keep up with weekly repayments and don’t exceed an outstanding balance of £100, you can apply to take out more credit up to six times per year. Stock up your freezer and cupboards, and make nights-in your go-to summer activity.
If you do fancy a trip out for free breakfast or lunch, here’s a list of all the places your children can eat for £1 or less this summer.
Places kids eat free or cheap
Kids can eat for £1 at any time of day in Asda cafes across England and Wales. Hot and cold meals are available, depending on what’s available in your local cafe. You can also get a free pouch of Ella’s baby food for your little ones too.
The offer starts on the 25th of July, and is available every day until September. You don’t even need to spend a certain amount to get the offer!
When you buy an adult meal for at least £4.99 at Morrisons cafes, you can get a free kids meal for those under 16. The free meal must be on the cafe children’s menu and comes with a piece of fruit and Tropicana orange juice, apple juice or bottled water.
Marks and Spencers are relaunching their Kids Eat Free offer until the 12th of August. Kids eat free breakfast until 11 am and lunch from 11 am 'until close. You just need to spend £5 or more on a single transaction on food or drink for the adult members - and the kids get a free avocado soldier!
Kids under ten can get a free children’s meal at YO! Sushi restaurant chain from Monday to Thursday, between 3 and 5.30 pm. A child can eat for free with every £10 spent on food by the paying adult. This offer covers a maximum of three children per table and includes a meal and a drink (plus a dessert for £1.50.)
Get a kids meal deal for between 95p and £1.50 at Ikea - including one hot meal, jelly pot, soft drink and a piece of fruit. The offer is valid until the 3rd of September.
Head to your local Hungry Horse pub to get a free kid’s breakfast when you buy an adult breakfast for at least £3.49. In fact, up to two kids can eat for free with every adult breakfast purchased. And don’t worry, the classic cooked and continental favourites are available.
The offer is available between 8 am and noon until the 4th of September.
Children up to the age of 11 can now tuck into a three-course meal, and a Cawston pressed fruit water for just £1 at Bella Italia. Kids will also receive a free activity pack with a snakes and ladders game and activity booklet. You need to buy one adult main between 4 pm and 6 pm from Monday to Thursday to redeem the offer. The Italian chain is asking parents to check your local restaurant's social media to see if the offer has started.
The Real Greek
Grab some tasty and nutritious dishes for your children under 12 at The Real Greek. For every £10 spent by an adult, you get one free kid's meal from the children’s menu. The offer includes a meal from the kids' menu, a drink and ice cream.
Table Table/ Brewers Fayre
Did you know you can get unlimited breakfast for £9.50 at Table Table? And two kids under 16 eat for free with every adult breakfast purchased. Take the family out for free breakfast fuel in the school holidays, and enjoy some quality time together.
Fancy a trip to the garden centre? Kids eat for free at Dobbies with any adult main meal. The offer includes the kids' lunch menu or pick ‘n’ mix meal plus a drink - available daily until noon.
And once you’re done eating, why not try these summer activities to keep the kids entertained?
Entertaining the family throughout the school holidays can be quite a task. That’s why we compiled a list of cheap summer activities to keep the kids happy all summer long. While they’re enjoying a new activity at home, you could try out some new recipes in the kitchen. Just head to our blog post on money-saving recipes for inspiration. Practise cooking exciting and nutritious meals for your family, and save money at the same time. You don’t always need to go out to enjoy a delicious meal.
Find Out More
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling to afford the essential items they need to feed their family, then Fair for You is here to help. Whether that’s cooking appliances such as microwaves and ovens, or storing items in fridges and freezers - we’re here to help.
The Fair for You Food Club is available exclusively to new customers, as part of a pilot scheme, to those located in certain areas of England and Wales - the application process is simple and you’ll hear back within a day during our usual business hours(eligibility terms and conditions apply). Spread the cost of your food shop this month with a preloaded card.
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