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Picnics on a budget

Lincoln has a lot of nice outdoor spaces which are perfect for picnics with friends or family! Both South and…

Lincoln has a lot of nice outdoor spaces which are perfect for picnics with friends or family!

Both South and West Common or Hartsholme Park are great spots to enjoy a picnic with amazing scenery. All of these areas have great open spaces where you could take a football or just enjoy socialising with friends.

Especially with the weather getting warmer it is so tempting to spend much more time outdoors, however, this does not have to cost a fortune!

Food

My main piece of advice is to make your own packed lunch even when it can be tempting to buy a meal deal.

For instance, one loaf of bread is inexpensive and can make lots of sandwiches for everyone who is attending the picnic!

Simple foods are easy to take to picnics, for instance, pasta, sandwiches, or wraps.

Buying share bags of crisps and snacks will mean the costs will be lower if everyone splits the bill whilst also ensuring there is a large selection for everyone to choose from!

Baking treats or using what you already have at home is also a cheaper way to enjoy dessert.

Cutlery

It can be tempting to feel the need to buy disposable cutlery however it is cheaper and better for the environment to just bring the cutlery from your kitchen at home.

There is no need to purchase items if you have an alternative at home!

Picnic blanket

Depending upon how long you plan to stay for your picnic a blanket is a must-have as the ground can become soggy or damp!

This does not have to be expensive, you could choose to look for one in a charity shop, or on the high street such as B&M or Wilko.

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