Parents spent less on school holiday outings

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FAMILIES in Sheffield have been prevented by the cost of taking their children on days out, a survey has found.

Some 67 per cent of people in the city who responded to a questionnaire said they ‘purposely avoided days out in the local area over the summer holidays, due to it being too expensive’.

The poll, conducted by parenting website Netmums and restaurant chain TableTable, also revealed almost 55 per cent of parents said they have felt the economic pinch more than ever this year.

However, in order to avoid overspending, 65 per cent said they saved money by collecting and using money-off vouchers or tokens on days out with their family.

Some 70 per cent of families opted to enjoy more activities such cycling and walks in the countryside while avoiding more costly activities such as visits to the cinema, theme parks or bowling alleys.