THE amount people spend at the races makes me giddy.
With the Cheltenham Festival getting underway tomorrow, some racegoers will spend hundreds on transport, food and a tipple or two — and that’s before having a punt on the racing itself.
Follow my tips to rein that in a bit.
TRAVEL: Driving? Fill up your tank at the cheapest petrol station near home. This week I saw a difference of almost 50p a litre at two local petrol stations. Asda is cheapest of the supermarkets, having dropped its price by 3p a litre this month. If you are going by rail, try the TrainPal app. Money-saving blogger Jordan Cox recommended it on our Sun Savers Facebook show this week. It has no booking fees, unlike Trainline, and with split-ticketing you can bring down the cost. Also, people forget that by booking together, they can get a group discount with some networks.
EATING AND DRINKING: This will be pricey whatever you do — but check the jockeyclub.co.uk and check where your ticket entitles you to eat, so you can compare the cost. Plot a route via Prezzo, where you can get 30 per cent off right now. Or download the McDonald’s app — you can often get a freebie just by registering. You can’t take booze into the racecourse but you can enjoy a pre-race tipple on your way with a £1 can of gin and low-cal tonic from Tesco.
DRESS TO IMPRESS: Check out next.co.uk for affordable glad-rags. I love the Want That Trend green ruffle midi dress, £18. Fellas will look dapper in a slim-fit blazer, £50 in the clearance section (was £139). Girls, top off your look with a fascinator at ASOS, from just £4. Similar options cost £40 at Debenhams.
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SHOP at Selfridges.com via the Kindred app and get an exclusive 10% cashback, which you could keep or donate to a charity of your choice.
A 1.4litre carton of Tropicana original is £2, down from £4 at The Co-op. I’ll be having a glass with my breakfast tomorrow morning.
My Sun Savers fiver
STEPHEN WILD from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, says: “I’m saving my Sun Savers fivers to put petrol in the car when we go on our summer holiday.”
- Send us your Savers fiver stories at sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if it is used. Please include your name/town.
A CHICKEN and mushroom Pot Noodle costs £1 at Tesco, but you can bag a 36p cheaper alternative at Aldi. It’s a tasty swap.
Reader's saving tip
JOHN MITCHELL from Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, says: “When your jar candle burns out, remove the wax from the jar and put it in an oil burner with a tea light to keep enjoying your favourite scent.”
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Shop and save
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