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10 Tips to Save Money on Bonfire Night

It’s that time of year again, where people across the UK wrap up warm and head outside for fireworks, bonfires, and toffee apples. The celebration marks the night when Guy Fawkes failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament over 400 years ago, known as the Gunpowder Plot. Over time, the festivities have become increasingly elaborate, with hundreds of people now gathering at organised events to watch impressive firework displays and go on funfair rides.

However, tickets to these events can end up costing a fortune, with some theme parks charging up to £44 per person. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of the best money-saving tips, so that your hard-earned cash isn’t burning on the bonfire.

Two people sit on a log by a fire watching fireworks.

01: Filling, family-friendly food

Don’t feel the need to be gourmet on Bonfire Night, as all people usually want is something warming to eat on the go… think jacket potatoes, hot dogs, or soup, which can all be made quickly at home and on a budget.

02: Go local

There’s no need to pay top prices for tickets to see the best firework display. Instead, have a look online to see if there are any cheap ones in your local area. Alternatively, you could take a picnic basket and find a viewing point near you to watch the various firework displays. This is perfect if you’re looking for more of a romantic showing, away from the crowds.

03: Build your own bonfire

Building a bonfire is a fun, free activity to do with the kids. Gather a group together and go hunting for firewood in the nearest park or forest. However, be sure to follow safety guidelines to avoid any accidents as the last thing you need is a trip to A and E on Bonfire Night.

04: Have a street party

If you’re planning to host your own Bonfire Night then be sure to get as many people involved as possible. This way you can split the cost of fireworks and food, whilst getting to know your neighbours better.

05: Fantastic fireworks

Buying your own fireworks can end up being very expensive if you go for top-of-the-range. However, if you stay sensible and buy from low-cost supermarkets then you needn’t spend more than £50 on a great display.

06: Warming whiskey

If you’re looking for a delicious, low-cost drink for the adults then make a flask of Hot Toddy from cheap whiskey, lemon, honey, and spices to keep you warm and merry.

07: Flask fillers

Alternatively, if you’d rather have a non-alcoholic drink or need something for the kids, fill your flask with hot chocolate or Vimto to keep everyone toastie and save you from buying it at triple the price from a stall.

08: Sweet treats

Rather than splashing out on expensive toffee apples for all the children, buy a bag of marshmallows for toasting. This is much cheaper and gives them a fun activity.

09: Go bargain hunting

As Bonfire Night falls on a Friday this year it might be a good idea to wait till Sunday to celebrate when fireworks and seasonal products are likely to be in the reduced section at discounted prices.

10: Have a cosy night in

If you don’t fancy the big crowds this year then don’t feel pressured to spend your cash on going out. Instead, use the money you would’ve spent to organise a movie and takeaway night with friends or family and just watch the fireworks from home. After all, someone’s got to stay at home to comfort the pets!

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