OVERPRICED snacks and café food ramp up the cost of a day out with the kids.
Keep spending in check by stocking up on goodies before you set off. We’ve found easy lunch ideas to keep littles ones fed for less while out and about.
SANDWICH SAVIOURS: Ready-made fillers for sarnies are great for busy parents.
Asda’s range is currently two for £3, including tuna and sweetcorn and egg mayonnaise. The supermarket also has two for £3 on cooked meats, such as select packs of ham, turkey and corned beef.
SNACK SWAPS: Organix oaty bars are always a hit with children and perfect for lunchboxes. But at around £2.60 a packet, they are not cheap. Aldi’s Mamia Organic oaty bars go down just as well and, at £1.69 a pack, are a little more palatable on the bank balance.
The store’s Mamia range also has packs of carrot puffs at 45p, which are a budget alternative to the Organix versions typically priced at around 70p.
Frubes yoghurt tubes are another favourite, around £2 for a box of nine. But Aldi’s Brooklea Tube Its are just as tasty and come in at 99p for the same quantity.
FRUIT ’N’ VEG: It’s easy to pack in one or two of the kids’ five-a-day when on the go. Try a big pack of carrot batons, 59p from Asda, plus 69p for a tub of houmous. Asda also has three for £1 on small packs of fruit and vegetables, including mini red peppers, cucumber batons and apple slices.
Alternatively, Aldi’s Nature’s Pick apple or grape snack packs are 33p each.
THIRST QUENCHER: The cheapest, easiest and healthiest option is tap water in a reusable bottle.
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Metal tends to be more durable than plastic and Sainsbury’s has 25 per cent off select bottles, including a Jurassic World stainless steel option now £6.37, down from £8.50.
Aldi’s Sun Quench fruity blasts, £1.39 for eight, are a great and cheaper alternative to Fruit Shoots, which are usually around £3 for a box of the same size.
All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
COOK up some tasty savings on the Scoville Neverstick five-piece pan set from George at Asda. Reduced from £68 to £35.
CELEBRATE the summer with a 70cl bottle of Aperol. Now £13, instead of the usual £15.75, for shoppers with a Tesco Clubcard.
M&S has a corking deal on wines. It has slashed the price of its most popular bottles, with Conte Priuli Prosecco and the rosé version down from £12 to £8.
Plus, the store is offering £10 off when you spend £75 on drinks from its website.
THE Landmann 43cm Grill Chef charcoal kettle barbecue has £15 off at Robert Dyas, now £41.99. But you can burn even less money at Wilko, where the 44cm kettle charcoal grill is half-price at £20.
Shop and save
THE Co-op has launched a deal with five of the nation’s favourite freezer foods, including Birds Eye Crispy Fish Fingers, 224g, for £5 – saving up to £7.90 when all five are bought together.
Add a bag of ice to the deal for £1, giving a further 55p saving.
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TO celebrate 15 years on the high street, French-inspired restaurant chain Côte is offering anyone born on this day – AUGUST 16 – a free main course when dining with a full-paying adult.
There are said to be 184,000 British people marking their birthday today, sharing the date with pop queen Madonna.
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