At a time when lots of us are looking to beat the gloom by planning our summer holiday, we thought we’d help you make the most of your money by revealing our top ten money saving tips.
Tip 1: Forget last minute booking!
Ten years ago, last minute booking was the way to get the best prices (remember Lastminute.com?) – but those days are over. Due to finely-tuned discounting throughout the year, if you book at the last minute you now risk being left with the accommodation nobody wants. And nobody wants to be held to ransom by budget airlines for your last minute flights. Ever since Boxing Day the leading tour operators such as Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook, The Co-Operative Travel and Expedia have been advertising 10-30% off their holidays. And even more deeply discounted deals are already here, with savings in the 30-60% range – if you know where to look for them. To help you keep track of deeply discounted holiday deals from Groupon, Living Social, Wowcher, Secret Escapes and many more, we’ve created special pages that are constantly updated. Choose from Europe and the Med, Longhaul or UK breaks under £100. We’ve also designed a discount travel search – just enter your search criteria and check back as often as you can.
The deals on all these pages are updated daily from sources such as Groupon, Living Social, Wowcher, Secret Escapes and many more – meaning you only have to check one place for a selection from across all of these.
Tip 2: Know the school holiday dates – and avoid them if you can
If you don’t have kids this knowledge is priceless as it can save you hundreds of pounds if you avoid the holidays. This year, for England at least, Half Term is likely to be 18th-22nd February, and the Easter holidays are likely to be the first 2 weeks of April. Summer Half Term will be the 27th-31st May, and the Summer holidays are likely to start from 19th July and right the way through to the end of August. Holiday dates are different in Scotland, with the summer break starting as early as the end of June until the third week of August. Up-market all-inclusive Mediterranean beach-based activity holidays with companies like Mark Warner can be fantastic value if – but usually only if – you travel at either end of the season and avoid the school holidays. You may also want to check out their “Big Summer Sale” running until 31st January.
Tip 3: Don’t fall for pricing gimmicks – look at the total price
Check the full cost really stacks up against the competition before falling for headline prices that seem too good to be true. Offers such as ‘Kids go free’ which sound attractive, aren’t always what they seem and the overall price can sometimes be even higher than comparable alternatives, so do your homework.
Tip 4: Consider countries which might sound a bit risky
For instance Croatia is a well-kept secret but many don’t consider it because of the war that took place there over 20 years ago. Today it’s just as stylish as Greece or the Balearics and has wonderfully well-preserved coastal towns. The island of Hvar is a stunner and only a short hop by ferry from Split. Another well-kept secret is Slovenia, the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst.
Tip 5: Go to the mountains, not the beaches
In the mountains near the Med the climate is wonderful during the summer as the extra altitude takes away the worst of the heat. Once the snow is gone, many European ski resorts offer cheap summer accommodation. The chalets and ski resorts of Europe offer some of the best value holiday accommodation out of season like Grindlewald in Switzerland, The Burgenland in Austria or Luz Saint Sauveur in France among others.
Tip 6: Find a specialist holiday company which caters just for you and strips out what you don’t value
For instance if you’re traveling alone you can save money on single supplements by booking with a specialist tour operator such as Solos Holidays. If you want a walking holiday but don’t need a guide, choose a self-guided walking specialist such as Macs Adventure, who offers many European trips including the Tour du Mont Blanc. On the French Atlantic island of Ile de Ré you can find some great-value apartments. This is a great budget choice, offering superb beaches, a long summer season and great cycling across flat paths that crisscross the island.
Tip 7: Go outside the Euro zone
The cheapest Euro zone destinations are Athens, Prague and Rome, but be wary of Venice if you’re looking to watch the purse strings.Northern Cyprus is a great destination for cheap holidays because it’s outside the Euro zone – it uses the Turkish lira. Prices on the ground are remarkably low and you’ll find some great special offers.
Similarly Turkey and Bulgaria offer affordability and a fantastic destination for culture, food and activities, while Budapest and Warsaw are the cheapest cities. Be wary of Oslo, Zurich and the most expensive European city Stockholm.
The cheapest Euro zone destinations are Athens, Prague and Rome, but be wary of Venice if you’re looking to watch the purse strings.
Tip 8: Go a little further afield
If you just want cheap sun on a one-week or two-week package, we recommend Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, a five-hour flight from the UK. Tunisia also has great beaches, delicious food and good-value hotels, though it can get a bit chilly in the mid-winter months. It’s better in October or March. The Canary Islands are popular choices and with good reason. The flight is 4-5 hours but the climate is excellent. Tenerife has a great variety of destinations from lively package resorts to charming country hotels. For nature lovers, we suggest La Palma, for walking, culture and quiet beaches. We also recommend The Gambia on the west coast of Africa – six hour flying time from the UK, with excellent beaches, friendly hotels and plenty of excursions on your doorstep. The Cape Verde islands are also great value.
Long haul options include Thailand where it’s possible to get by without spending too much at all.
Tip 9: Use the shoulder seasons to your advantage
The Aegean coast of Turkey has a very long season, as does Malta. A little further afield, Egypt has superb autumn and winter weather with near guaranteed sunshine, even in January. We also recommend Morocco, which combines great weather with cultural treasures and fascinating street life.
Tip 10: Go overseas without going abroad
The Isle of Wight is often overlooked, but it has a great diversity of sights, beaches and great-value places to stay, ideal for families. Steeped in history with 60 miles of stunning unspoilt scenery and a wealth of attractions, the Isle of Wight has something for everyone. From historic sites to music festivals and major national events, it’s a unique holiday destination.
This summer, London welcomed the rest of the world and showed them what British hospitality meant. We cheered our team on in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and we made sure that no matter where our visitors came from, they had the best experience possible this summer.
However, September is now upon us and with it the daily commute, hustle and bustle and your boss breathing down your neck.
At Buyometric, we’ve been working tirelessly with our partners throughout the games to bring you our new, improved website which should make your experience smoother, slicker and a whole lot easier. Our Travel section was released just a few days ago and in a bid to help our fellow Brits beat P.O.D (Post-Olympic Depression) we’ve pulled together a selection of some of the best that Britain has to offer in the “Under £100″ category. That’s why our new Travel section features a regularly updated selection of great offers for holidays within the UK and abroad so you can explore and discover this beautiful country without it costing you an arm and a leg.
Keeping our deal afficionados (that means you) happy is a top priority here so we decided the best way to celebrate this new source of leisure and pleasure was to launch a competition to send a lucky duo away on a “Great British Getaway”. To enter our competition, all you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page. Don’t forget to comment or update your status to “ Need a free weekend break to get over post Olympic Depression? Check out @buyometric “ to spread the word
As with all things, there are a few t’s & c’s but as you can see, there’s no fine print here:
Terms and conditions
- Buyometric will draw a winner at the end of the Great British Getaway competition on Friday 21st September 2012 subject to a minimum number of 500 entries.
- The winner will be able to choose ONE deal from our dedicated “Great Brtish Getaways for Under £100″ collection page.
- This price limit applies to the deal and is not a price per head.
- Buyometric will accept no liability in any event of accidents or dissatisfaction with the package chosen.
- Buyometric’s sole responsibility within this competition will be the purchase of the offer of the winner’s choice within the limitations described on clause 2.
- Once the winner has been announced, Buyometric will contact the relevant party to arrange the deal.
- This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By participating you hereby release and hold harmless Facebook from any and all liability associated with this promotion.
- Entrants are providing information to Buyometric and not to Facebook.
PHP Developer – London Bridge
Up to £25,000 per annum + bens
This is a fantastic opportunity to join a team of 3 experienced developers in a fast paced, growing industry. Just 2 years old, the business is still in its infancy but already a market leader making this the perfect place to become a part of the foundations.
To be considered for this role, you must have a passion for PHP Development, be entrepreneurial in your approach, willing to do what it takes to get the job done and have a desire to be a part of a growing business in a competitive market place. You must be personable, hard working, resilient and ready to take on a real challenge.
You will be responsible for maintaining and extending our existing web framework, spiders and email delivery system, as well as taking ownership of improvement of site architecture.
- Excellent knowledge of PHP.
- Excellent knowledge of MySQL.
- Knowledge of the Linux (shell and scripting).
- Understanding of MVC design patterns and frameworks.
- Experience with object oriented programming.
- Understanding of basic algorithms. Know what big O-notation is about.
- Degree in Computer Science or related subject essential (otherwise proven track record with at least 3 years practical experience in a commercial environment).
Additional Skills are Desirable:
- Experience with Unit Testing
- Experience with Agile Development
- Knowledge of PostFix and how Mail Transition works.
- Experience with Version Control Systems (ideally Git).
- Experience with Doctrine.
- Experience with noSQL (Redis).
- Experience with Sphinx Search.
If you think you would be right for this position please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a portfolio of personal projects (GitHub or a personal website would be suitable).
NO AGENTS – we do not pay agency fee’s as we have our own in house recruitment team, please don’t waste your time.
Good news! After 18 months of discussion, Living Social have finally come on board and now complete the picture to ensure that Buyometric really is providing a selection of ALL the best deals from across the UK.
Living Social has a huge range of offers to suit every type of deal fan and now those offers are available in your “daily dose of deals” courtesy of Buyometric. From local offers on restaurants, spas, and haircuts to national brand products, luxurious escapes and fantastic family experiences – there’s something for everyone.
So, what took us so long?
Living Social are a US company, and in early 2011, a decision in their Washington DC head office was taken to steer clear of working with deal aggregators. However the popularity of Buyometric in the UK has reached across the pond, and with the support of the Living Social UK team we’ve joined up with them in a strategic partnership that will see our users benefit from more choice than anywhere else.
We went to meet the guys and girls over at the Living Social UK head offices, and I have to say – I was impressed.
Signing in on a brand new iPad, before being shown to the “Social” bar was great, but passing the games room – Table Tennis, Foosball and Arcade Dance Machines – before dropping by the “picnic” meeting room (grass floors, picnic tables and sundrenched skies), made me realise that our own humble London Bridge office has a long way to go.
There was a definite sense of pride and achievement and we’re confident that this will shine through in the quality of the offers we’re now sharing with you.
To celebrate this new partnership and to show how ecstatic we are to be working together, we’re giving away £100 worth of Living Social vouchers to one lucky winner to be selected at random from anyone who purchases a Living Social deal through Buyometric before the 9th July 2012. Terms can be found here.
Europe’s first ever daily deal event, the DD Summit Europe 2012, will bring together over a dozen of Europe’s most important daily deal providers on one stage in London and there was no way we could miss out. Joined by representatives from all the biggest daily deal brands across Europe we’ll be out to meet and greet some our industries key players.
Joined by Kate Garraway, we’ll be showcasing our latest partnership (Goodypass.com) and hoping to talk to interested parties about the benefits of a White Label solution and the future of the daily deals space…as we see it.
If you want to come and meet us (or anyone else at the event) but haven’t got your tickets yet, please get in touch asap.
Hope to see you there….
We recently acquired the London-based online deals website, Hungry Local….
Hungry Local was born out of Hungry Media in January 2011. The service was launched and piloted in the Clapham and Balham areas, to provide local businesses with a sustainable marketing service, offering deals on a local level. By July 2011, the site was running deals across 15 areas of London.
Following the sale, Hungry Local will be run as a standalone service under the new name, Hungry Deals, where the users will be migrated over to the main Buyometric offering. The typical number of new deals available to Hungry Deals users will increase from 5 to over 200 per day.
The news follows hot-on-the- heels of our partnership with Kate Garraway’s Goodypass, underlining our growth strategy through acquisition and partnerships. We are pleased to be able to offer Hungry Local users a wider range of local deals. We have experienced first-hand how personalisation revives consumer interest in local offers and keeps them engaged in the longer term. We’re confident Hungry Local users will respond positively to the change.
Wowcher have been pretty prominent on your TV screens over the past few months and now they’ve reached your Buyometric screens too. With everything from Restaurants and Spa days to experience days, holidays abroad and more, Wowcher uses the power of group buying to get unbeatable deals on the best stuff to do, see, visit, eat and buy across the UK.
We’ve worked really closely together over the past few months to develop a Buyometric offering that oozes quality and we’re all really happy with the results and can’t wait to see whats next.
Qype Deals recently joined up with Buyometric to provide another fantastic source of discounted offers on things to do, see and experience across the UK. As Europe’s leading consumer review site, there’s very little that Qype doesn’t know about the best places to experience new things so you know a ‘Great Deal’ when you see a ‘Qype Deal’.
As Qype Deals get set to launch their service across the UK, I look forward to working closely with Mick and the rest of the team to offer Buyometric members the same great benefits and help spread the word up and down the country.
We recently partnered up with another great daily deals site – LyncMeUp. We had our launch today and they’re already becoming one of our most exciting partners yet.
CEO Darshana was quick to spot the benefits of working with Buyometric and we couldn’t be happier. Our members are now benefiting from an even wider selection of fantastic offers and LyncMeUp is constantly growing so keep your eyes peeled for more great deals.
They bring you great lifestyle deals and experiences that can be shared with friends and family across the UK.
We knew we were in safe hands when we met with Kidoo and discovered that the founders had previously been involved in the world of Daily Deal aggregation. Like us, they understand that not everything is for everyone and that makes keeping you up to date on deals by your favourite children and family brands all the more straight forward.
Kidoo cover everything from baby essentials, children’s and maternity fashion, healthcare, toys, to soft-play activities, unique experiences, family holidays and everything in between.
We know they’re going to fit right in and look forward to working closely with them to really improve our family deals offerings.