A new survey by Entertainment Publications Reveals Aussie Parents Struggle with Holiday Spending

We’ve just emerged from school holidays, and for many Aussie parents it’s left them reeling with a big dent in their wallets due to the extra expenditure on kids’ holiday activities! Turns out entertaining your offspring is certainly a pricey exercise and can cause your normal outgoings to really ramp up!

According to a recent survey conducted by Entertainment Publications[1] over half of Aussies are spending an extra $51 to $100 a week entertaining just one child in the school holidays (up that figure if you have more than one). Some of us are splashing even more of the cash; almost a third are spending anywhere between $101 and $250 extra per week.

With 78% of us with kids participating in paid family activities 1 to 3 times a month, this can be quite a financial strain for some families. It probably comes as no surprise then that over a third of Aussies set aside extra money so they can afford to entertain their children during the school holidays. Furthermore, almost 90% of parents will choose family activities where they will be able to save money, over the family activity they’d like to do most.

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So, is there a solution out there for those Aussie parents that are now worried with the impending long summer/Christmas break?

Luckily for us, being a savvy saver is no longer frowned upon, and being smarter with your dollars doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Entertainment Publications is a wholly owned Australian company and an iconic brand with a 25-year history of helping Australians save. Entertainment Publications is the producer of the well-loved Entertainment Membership. Through the Entertainment App, members can discover many of the best dining, travel, attractions and shopping experiences in their city and beyond, with exclusive offers only available to Entertainment Members, including countless 2-for-1 offers and up to 50% off offers.

So, if you’re wondering how you’re going to make your dollars stretch for the Christmas break so the family doesn’t have to miss out, it might be worth considering a membership. Over half of current members have saved between $150 to $300 a year using their Entertainment Memberships, which can really help lessen that dent in their bank accounts.


About Entertainment Membership:Entertainment Publications is a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed IncentiaPay (INP) and the producer of Australia & New Zealand’s well-loved Entertainment Membership. Entertainment is an iconic brand with a 25-year history providing the largest portfolio of lifestyle offers in the market today. Members access thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from over 10,000 merchants. The Membership allows savvy consumers to do more of what they love while saving and support a good cause at the same time – 20% of Membership sales go directly to supporting a fundraiser. Entertainment has helped more than 16,000 charities, clubs and community groups reach their fundraising goals; supporting fundraisers with over $84 million since its establishment in 1994.  For more information visit: www.entertainmentbook.com.au or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.


[1] Entertainment Membership conducted the research of 5127 of its members to better understand their spending and saving habits and behaviors.

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  • You just have to be savvy and use coupons, codes and good old fashioned fun. You don’t have to go out all the time!


  • Ughhh i hate holidays. With 3 kids I find we well and truly blow our budget to keep them entertained


  • Particularly difficult in the Zchristmas holidays.


  • I don;t spend a lot in the holidays there are lots of free or small cost activities to do
    They both get to pick something to play with from Big W that’s fun and will last the holiday period


  • We try to do free activities or just get out and explore


  • i think i’ll buy the entertainment book..heard good things about the savings.


  • My children are only young so we don’t spend nearly as much as this during the school holidays – if it’s cold we tend to do a lot of craft activities indoors and if the weather is nice we will ride bikes to the park for a play. Shopping centres are also great because they will usually have varied entertainment and for a small cost.


  • I’m going to have to invest in this i think


  • We love the Entertainment Book – we make savings!


  • I don’t think this is really news to most parents.


  • I’ve always fond cheap of free activities the best. Bush walking, parks, beaches, camping , skipping ropes with family joining in etc.


  • Be well prepared I will try when my child is older though at the moment I’m keen on activities like sport and learning to swim


  • Unfortunately the weather isn’t always suitable to send the kids outside to play. In parts of SA we had bitterly cold winds and rain some days. A couple of days we had dust storms instead. A lot of metro back yards are now so small that there isn’t even enough space for kids to ride bikes safely if at all. Some even have to park their cars out in the street and houses are one room wide. Some parks you’re not allowed to play ball games, a lot there is no toilets at all so you can’t go far from home in case one is needed, especially if you walk or cycle to the park / playground. I know of one that has a BBQ but no toilets nearby. We used to go and visit relatives and friends we didn’t catch up with during school terms because of playing sports. Sometimes the people came to our place.

    • Catching up with relatives and friends during school breaks is a lovely activity indeed !


  • I think with younger kids it’s far easier to do free or cheap activities in the holidays. A playground, walk through the bush, picnic, playdate, visiting markets or a cattle farm, exploring animals at the beach…it was easy to please them. My teenagers are a bit harder to please now and during holidays and weekend we tend to spend a bit more money. It helps to budget this though.


  • It’s amazing how kids have so much fun doing the basic things that don’t cost money. Parents are the ones that tend not to use their imagination…


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