No need to save up for a rainy day with these cheap ideas for family fun in bad weather – The Sun

BAD weather can ruin a holiday – and give your wallet a battering too.
Whether you’re heading abroad or staying in the UK, free family activities such as sunbathing and swimming go out of the window as soon as rain arrives.

But these ideas should help you avoid having to splash out.
ADAPT TO IT: When it pours, it’s all about the games consoles and phones, so make sure you nab a multi-charger (Argos is selling the Juice 3-in-1 cable for just £9.99, down from £16.99) so that all gadgets are powered up. If you’re going abroad, pick up two EU adapters for £3.99 from and bring an extension lead from home so you can use everything at the same time.
SAVE: £7 on the multi-charger
HOLI-DAYS OUT: Before you head away, check Wowcher, Groupon and LivingSocial for deals on family days out in the area you’re holidaying in.
When rain hits, you’ll have a handy back-up plan and you can usually get tickets sent directly to your phone.
For example, if you book a Sun Hol From £9.50 and you stay at the La Baume park in France, visit and get more than £10 off a children’s ticket to the Marineland aquarium nearby.
SAVE: £10 on a ticket to Marineland
TOY-TALLY COOL: A stash of new toys can keep kids busy for hours during grey days, especially activity packs. B&M has slashed the prices of some top toys as part of its clearance sale — with the Weird Science Slime Kit now just £5 when it was previously £8.99, and its Mega Craft Box down from £9.99 to just a fiver.
SAVE: £4.99 on the slime kit
FILM IT: Download family flicks in advance, just in case. At the moment you can get a free Sky Store movie download worth £5.99 when you buy four promotional packs of sweets such as KitKat Bites or Rolo yoghurts.
Or it might be worth signing up for a free 30-day trial with Amazon Prime — but remember, it will cost you £7.99 per month after the 30 days unless you remember to cancel.
SAVE: £5.99 on a movie rental

Deal of the day

GET a Twinings Cold Infuse starter pack for water bottles, currently £5, down from £10, at Asda.
SAVE: £5


Top Swap

THERE’S a grand saving to be made on a backpack from Primark.
Its £10 bag is an amazing copy of Gucci’s £1,600 version.
SAVE: £1,590

Reader's saving tip

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Cheap treat

TREAT the family with a pack of eight Mr Kipling Angel Slices, now £1.15, down from £2.30 at Tesco.
SAVE: £1.15

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