Cash smart

Our con­sumer life­style team are here to make your money go fur­ther

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There’s noth­ing like choos­ing a sunny get­away to lift the Jan­uary blues, but you don’t need to break the bank!

1.Cheap­est flights

Don’t as­sume bud­get air­lines of­fer the best prices, al­ways shop around. Try web­sites like momondo. and, which show the cheap­est deals from dif­fer­ent air­lines on the route you want. Also, if you’re happy to spend longer get­ting there, then con­sider tak­ing an in­di­rect flight.

2. Hag­gle

If you’ve found your per­fect pack­age hol­i­day, and have done your re­search to make sure it’s the cheap­est deal, see if you can get more money knocked off. Con­tact the travel com­pany di­rectly and start ne­go­ti­at­ing. Even if they can’t re­duce the price any fur­ther, they may throw in ex­tras like free kids’ meals.

3. Add it all up

Be savvy about your board basis. Work out how much it costs per meal per day if you book B&B, half­board or full-board – then as­sess if you’re likely to spend more if you book room only and pay for meals at the ho­tel as you take them. Find­ing menus with prices on from the ho­tel can help you decide.

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