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8 free and local things to do when school’s out

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Half term breaks can be super-fun for you and the kids, but they’re not exactly thrifty! If you find yourself struggling to keep the little’uns – and the big’uns – entertained, fear not! Our pal Abby King from Latest Free Stuff has got you covered with some great activity ideas, whatever the season…

The school holidays certainly have a way of sneaking up on you. The summer break is barely over, and we’re in store for another week of frolics when schools close for the Autumn half term.

Entertaining kids in the school holidays needn’t be expensive, extravagant or difficult. There are plenty of activities for your kids to enjoy that won’t cost a penny nor require much travelling either. They’re ideal for all the family to enjoy, whatever the weather and no matter budget you’re working with.

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Free training courses you can take to level-up your life

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In this age of the web it’s never been easier to be in a constant state of learning. There are lots of online courses you can take in a vast variety of fields. Some come with a qualification, some don’t, but there’s bound to be a course out there that suits your needs.

If courses aren’t your thing, there are still lots of ways you learn new stuff without going through traditional types of study. We love free ways to learn something new!

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Get fit for free – the MoneyAware challenge!

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This month our challenge has been to get fit for free. Well, to find ways to get fit for free and give them a good go. God loves a trier, as they say. 

We all know that exercise is good for us. But gym subscriptions can be expensive, and then there’s all the fancy lycra-wear that isn’t strictly necessary but makes you feel the part. And it can be hard to find the time to exercise and, if you’re anything like me, when you do have time exercise is the last thing you feel like doing!

If you do decide you want to get a bit fitter though, at least it needn’t cost you a fortune. Actually, it doesn’t need to cost you anything.

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You don’t have to spend money to show you care! Free ways to be romantic

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It’s that time of year again, when the shops deck everything out in red and pink and insist you make grand gestures of declaring your love by spending money on food, drink, and treats.

Is it just me or is it all a bit nauseating? Surely showing someone you care shouldn’t come with a price tag! What if you’d rather not spend a lot of money? Or what if you’d rather show your love in a different way? The best things in life are free after all.

Let’s take a look at some simple ways you can let that special someone know that you care, all year round.

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How to tell a genuine freebie site from the fakes!

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As you no doubt know, we’re big fans of MoneyMagpie.com, one of the most savings-savvy websites around. Jasmine Birtles is here to tell us how to sort the genuine freebie website from the fakes. Take it away, Jasmine!

Freebie sites are a great way to save money.  Why pay for something when you can get it for free?

And there are a lot of genuine free things you can get online and offline (as our article for 50 ways to live for free will attest). As expected, however, there are scammers out there looking to take advantage of your desire for a freebie. Let’s look at the biggest warning signs of a bogus website so you can side-step a ton of heartache…

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Free exercise apps – get fit for summer

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Regular exercise is important for our health, we know that. I don’t know about you, but the gym’s really not my thing and it can be quite pricey too. Luckily, there are lots of ways to keep fit without paying a penny thanks to a host of free fitness apps.

Here are some of the best free fitness apps around at the moment. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to start exercising or a workout pro, hopefully you’ll find an app to suit you.

Disclaimer: check with your GP before you take on a lot of physical exercise. MoneyAware cannot guarantee the success or safety implications of the apps mentioned below.

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5 cheep ways to make Easter egg-stra special

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Easter was one of my favourite holidays as a kid. Sweets were usually rationed in my house, so we all looked forward to the one day a year when we could eat chocolate for breakfast!

Looking back on it, I now see why my mum limited our sugar intake. For anyone looking after kids this Easter; good luck.

Having two energetic nephews to entertain this Easter myself, I realise that luck probably isn’t enough. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my favourite thrifty egg-themed Easter games, DIY activities and recipes (as well as many egg-related puns) to give you a few ideas for the long weekend. These activities will help your little ones blow off steam (and the sugar rush!), and they’re pretty good fun for adults too…

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