Have a taste of normal with a picnic on a budget now lockdown has eased


THE great British picnic is enjoying a revival – one of the first treats we can look forward to as lockdown eases.

From Monday, outdoor fun need not be with just your own household, or one friend. You will be able to meet in groups of up to six, from different homes, if you stay two metres apart.

Here’s how to have a taste of normal now lockdown has eased

So here are tips for how to picnic on a budget . . .

  1. Towel tip: Don’t splash out £17.60 on the John Lewis Meadow Spot picnic rug, dig out a few old beach towels — easy to carry and wash. Or if you do not have any to hand, get the tartan rug from B&M for £5.
  2. Lotta bottle: Keep hold of old plastic drink bottles, rinse and refill with squash. This should keep the kids happy, and your wallet. It also means you do not need to carry lots of cups. Pop the filled bottles into the freezer the night before and they will stay cool for longer and also help to chill the food in your bag.
  3. Nice one, old fruit: Chop up some lemon and lime, freeze overnight, then put a few slices into drinks and sandwich bags to keep everything cool. Create ice-packs by filling sandwich bags with water, zipping up and freezing overnight.
    Snack attack: It is not a picnic without sausage rolls. At tesco.com packs of 20 mini sausage rolls and 30 pork cocktail sausages are normally £2 each. But now, for £3, you can snap up one of each or two of either.
    Consider buying bulk bags of frozen snacks and cooking, cooling and storing in plastic tubs for the picnic — cheaper than buying ready-made.
    Dips can be knocked up yourself, too. A pot of cottage cheese and dried herbs equals a tasty cream-cheese treat that is a fraction of the cost of pre-made. If pushed for time, Aldi does a lovely hummus for 69p a pot.
  4. Lunchtime hacks: To avoid food going to waste, make up boxes for each family member, according to what they like. Kids will love having their own stash. Cherry tomatoes, cucumber, apples and multi-pack crisps are all good staples.
  5. Wet wipes: Make sure everything gets a wipe-down before, during and after your feast. You can get 80 of Superdrug’s own-brand anti-bacterial wipes for £3.09 — cheaper than 70 Dettol wipes for £3.50 at wilko.com.
  6. Cheers: Make some of the savings above and you will have cash left for Lidl’s summer wine selection, from £5.49 a bottle.

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Pre-order this hanging egg chair from Aldi on Monday for £149.99

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Cheap treat

Find this low-fat Madagascan vanilla ice cream at M&S

M&S has launched a low-fat ice cream.

The Madagascan vanilla ice cream is just 62 calories per portion and costs £3 a tub – making your treat a little sweeter.

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Giselle’s little helper

A NEW fitness channel is coming to Virgin Media TV. Get Moving will launch at 6.30am on Monday.

It will air from Monday to Friday to give viewers specialist fitness sessions provided by celebrity personal trainers and Olympians including Daley Thompson.

The channel will be available to all Virgin Media TV customers at no extra cost.

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