School holiday fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 5 budget friendly ideas to enjoy during the school holidays this Autumn.

To take a look at previous posts with budget friendly school holiday ideas click here.

Check out your local shopping centre for free or cheap activities

Most local shopping centres these days offer great holiday activities for kids. Sand art, Lego competitions, petting zoos, and scavenger hunts are just a few things we’ve had in our small town. I find the best way to know what’s coming up is to keep an eye on Facebook. See what you can find on offer near you.

Board games are a relatively quick and simple, budget friendly school holiday activity that offers the opportunity for a little bit of basic addition revisionPlay board games

I’ve written before about how awesome board games can be. I think Trouble is a good one to start with. It’s relatively quick and simple, it even offers the opportunity for a little bit of basic addition revision.

Build a blanket fort

This is an awesome idea for those rainy days when you’re stuck at home, inside. Throw a blanket over the dining table or rearrange the couches a little to make a hidey-hole. Bonus points if you can set it up just right so that you can see the TV from inside and they can double as snuggle nests for a movie night.

Geocaching involves finding hidden caches using an app and GPS. See what treasures you can find in your local area for a budget friendly school holiday activity.

Try Geocaching

Geocaching involves finding hidden caches (treasures) using an app and GPS. We actually call this Treasure Hunting in our house. Check out the app to see what treasures are available in your local area.


When all else fails, get the Lego out. I don’t think I’ve ever met a child that doesn’t like Lego (Let’s be honest, even I love Lego!), and they can then play with their creations once they’re built. Two activities for the price of one!

What do you have planned for the school holidays? I’d love to hear some more ideas to keep Porkchop busy in the comments.



I have written about how to make money online before but I thought it might be even more helpful to share exactly how much I make and save each month. So for all of March I kept track of what I earned online throughout the month and all up I managed a total of $175.20 using the following sites.

Disclosure: Some of the following links are referral links and I may receive bonuses for sign ups made through links in this post. These are all sites I highly recommend and I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t personally used.

Cash Rewards – $51.50

I use Cash Rewards when doing any shopping online including my grocery shop each week. This gives a discount or cashback depending on where you shop. To read more about how to reduce your grocery costs click here.

Flybuys – $10

I didn’t accrue many flybuy points this month. I’ve been doing all of our grocery shopping online with Woolworths using Cash Rewards, as they were offering free delivery for 3 months. I did however manage to redeem $10 flybuys Dollars.

Purkle – $13.70

I only signed up for Purkle this month. I managed to complete 6 surveys throughout the month. Most took me around 5 minutes each so that’s not too bad.

Swagbucks – $80

I managed to cash out three times with Swagbucks this month. I opted for 2 $25 Paypal cards and a $10AUD Apple iTunes card which was on sale. As Swabucks pays in American dollars the Paypal cards end up equalling approximately $35 AUD each. To check out my post of how to use Swagbucks click here.

Woolworths Rewards – $20

I was surprised to only receive a $20 bonus from Woolworths Rewards this month because as I said I’ve been doing all of our grocery shopping online with Woolworths using Cash Rewards. I think once our three months of free delivery is finished I might swap back to Coles for a while to see if they bump up their offers.

So that was how I made and saved money in March 2019. Do you make extra money online? I would love to hear how you do in the comments.

For all of March I kept track of how much money I earned online throughout the month and all up I earned a total of $175.20 using the following sites.



This week I thought I would share a few ideas my family uses to save money in Autumn. Although you wouldn’t know it from the weather we’ve had recently here in Australia, we are well and truly into the season and cooler weather is on the way.
To read my other posts on ways to save click here.

A striped pale blue and navy woollen jumper folded neatly on a blank background. Popping on a jumper is a great way to save money on heating.

Pop on a jumper

At some point in the upcoming months my husband is going to suggest getting out the heater, because he is cold. I am going to offer that perhaps the reason he is cold is because he’s wearing shorts and a t-shirt and suggest he should try putting on his jeans and a jumper and then seeing how he feels. Once he is rugged up all thoughts of the heater will disappear for another few weeks until it gets cold enough that we may actually need it. I know this is going to happen because it happens every year. Before you turn on the heater, try popping on another layer.

Check your house is airtight

Now is a good time to examine window and door seals to make sure they’re ready for the colder months. When you do finally turn the heater on you don’t want the warm air escaping through any pesky gaps. Also if you don’t have any, think about investing in a few door snakes to help keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

A modern bedroom with a grey rug on the floor to protect tootsies from cold floor boards on early Autumn mornings which saves money on heating.

Put down a rug or two

As the weather cools down and the days get shorter I find getting out of bed in the morning gets harder and harder. It’s even worse when you have to face freezing cold floors. Be kind to your tootsies and get yourself a rug now.

Hold a clothing swap

As lovely as it is to buy new clothes each season, sometimes the budget just won’t stretch that far. Why not organise a clothing swap with friends instead? You get new (to you) clothes and can clear out somethings you no longer wear. Win win!

A young heterosexual couple enjoying a walk with their child through the Autumn leaves, a great budget-friendly family activity during cooler months.

Skip the car and go for a walk

Going outside during Summer in Australia feels like some sort of hellish torture. However as the weather cools down walking when you only need to travel a short distance will help both your budget and your health.

So there you have 5 ways to save money in Autumn. What are your best tips for saving money as the weather cools down? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!