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Take the stress out of long car journeys with our cheap & cheerful tips


LONG car journeys can be a nightmare – especially with impatient kids in tow.

And with many of us planning staycations this year, the roads will be extra busy.

Here are some cheap and cheerful ways to make your journeys fun

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Here are some cheap and cheerful ways to make your journeys funCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Thankfully, The Sun’s Hols from £9.50 is back today — which can save you extra cash before you even start your drive (see our pull-out). And here are some cheap and cheerful ways to make your journeys fun . . . 

Be ’appy: Download free apps to make sure children are kept occupied. Road Trip Travel Games includes 11 games, including Spot It and memory word challenges. Adults can keep track of scores, which makes it more interactive and fun.

Snack time: Packed lunches will save money on sit-down stops on the way, so start by stocking up. Keep drinks cool in a stainless steel bottle. Reusable bottles from S’well and Chilly are my favourite, but they cost around £20 each. Instead, head to Groupon, where you can get a similar one for just £6.50. You can get refills at service stations — and you could always keep squash in the car if your kids prefer fruity drinks.

I’m a big fan of Robinsons Squash’d mini concentrated bottles, £1.50 down from £2 at Tesco. Keep some in the car and add a squeeze for flavoured drinks that stop kids begging you to buy them a Fruit Shoot.

Sitting pretty: Encourage the children to get crafty with some crayons and a car “play tray”. Amazon’s travel tray, £17.99, goes over laps and provides a great surface to scribble and play on without a mess. But I found a similar one on eBay for £5.99 with free postage — so get hunting.

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Fuel it: Saving on petrol is a big one. I bang on about PetrolPrices.co.uk (which tells you where the cheapest petrol is in your area) because it really can add up to a big saving if you fill up early for less. Driving at a steady speed also slows down consumption.

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Deal of the day

Enjoy your morning Costa Coffee even more with the full 15 per cent VAT reduction

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Enjoy your morning Costa Coffee even more with the full 15 per cent VAT reduction

ENJOY your Costa Coffee fix for less now it has passed on the full 15 per cent VAT reduction. For example, you can now get your latte for £2.33, down from £2.55, and treat yourself to a salted caramel brownie for £1.97, down from £2.25.

Cheap treat

Treat yourself to the new Naked Zing range smoothies for just £3.29

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Treat yourself to the new Naked Zing range smoothies for just £3.29

NAKED Smoothies have a new Naked Zing range, with three flavours. I like Tropical Zing. It’s £3.29 at Tesco.

My Sun Savers fiver

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Top swap

Why spend £3.30 on a box of Nestle Cheerios...

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Why spend £3.30 on a box of Nestle Cheerios…
...when you can get Tesco Multigrain Hoops for just £1

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…when you can get Tesco Multigrain Hoops for just £1

YOU can’t beat a bowl of Nestle Cheerios in the morning. But a box is £3.30 at Tesco, which is why I switched to Tesco Multigrain Hoops which are just £1.

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SAVE: £2.30

Giselle’s little helper

SUN Hols From £9.50 are back! Start collecting your Sun Savers codes for a chance to book a UK break at one of more than 150 holiday parks.

Collect SEVEN codes to unlock booking. You have until Thursday, July 30 to collect them.

Shop and save

Grab this Beldray steamer and save nearly £8 at Asda

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Grab this Beldray steamer and save nearly £8 at Asda

I’M always using my Beldray steamer on clothes. It is so easy to use and currently on sale for £22, down from £29.96 at Asda.

SAVE: £7.96

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Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone.

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