Being a single parent can be financially straining, especially during school holidays when you need to find activities to keep the kids entertained. Quite often you will see deals available for family tickets which offer big savings on days out, but are usually aimed at
PayPlan have recently put together an infographic which highlights the true cost of family activities for single parents. While it may be free to go to the park or enjoy a day at the beach, there are some activities such as going to the cinema, the zoo and even going to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour that can all add up resulting in a costly day out. With 1 in 4 families in the UK being a single parent family, it would be great to see more companies offering deals that cater to this.
From the infographic, you can see that a trip to the cinema for a family with two parents and two children costs £19.50 per paying adult, whereas a single parent with two children would have to pay £32 in total. Likewise with a family ticket for Cadbury World, it would cost a family with two parents and two adults £24.80 and a single parent with two children £41.05. The results from the infographic show that in every instance, a single parent family will have to pay more than a two parent family.
As you can see, affording days out when you’re a single parent family can work out to be very expensive. The majority of companies who offer family deals seem to favour two parent families, meaning that single parent families are more likely to end up in debt if they try to afford these types of activities for their children. The research also shows that a third of children with a working single parent live in poverty, so it’s understandable that single parents have to use a payday lender or a foodbank.
If you are struggling with the financial costs of being a single parent or know someone who is, remember that there are professionals who can offer financial advice. Join in the conversation using the hashtag #CostOfSingleParenting.