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Showing posts with label Sainsbury's. Show all posts

Monday, 25 March 2013

Giveaway: Win a £25 Sainsbury's voucher

The winner is.... Emily Jane Ann Nelson.  I have sent you a message on Facebook.  Congratulations.

As part of the Sainsbury’s Bank Family Blogger Network, I am offering this giveaway courtesy of Sainsbury's Bank loans.


  • Log in to Rafflecopter and enter the draw by leaving a blog post comment with your ideas for affordable family activities to do during the school holidays. You can also enter by tweeting about the giveaway, using the hashtag #SBschoolholidays, and by referring a friend to enter the giveaway.
  • The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning the £25 Sainsbury’s voucher!
  • Whether or not you're our prize winner, your affordable family activity ideas could also potentially appear in a future Money Matters Blog post.
  • The winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter (which uses and announced on this page.
  • The deadline for entering the giveaway is Wednesday 3 April.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to all readers in the UK.
Entrants must have a UK address to enter. No bulk or third party entrants.
The prize is non-transferable, and will be sent out from Sainsbury’s Bank.
The name and address of the winner will be passed to Sainsbury’s Bank, but will not be used for marketing purposes
All entries may be featured on the Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters blog post without further payment.
The winner will be contacted by e-mail, if they do not respond within 7 days another winner may be chosen.
The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter (which uses and announced on this page.
Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Food for family car journeys

Travelling with a young family can be a stressful experience.  Keeping everyone topped up with healthy, nutritious food will go a long way to making sure that a long car journey doesn’t turn into a road trip nightmare.

Hungry kids are fractious kids, so always make sure that you pack adequate food for the journey. Keep things fresh by bringing a cool box or bag and make sure that you have healthy, dry snacks at the ready.

Follow these simple tips, and while we can’t guarantee a peaceful car ride, at least you’ll be well prepared.

Foods to avoid

Sugary treats will buy you a few minutes silence, but a sugar rush followed by a crash won’t do anything to keep the peace in the long run.

Just like us, children have a tendency to feel hungry when they’re bored.  Try to distract little ones with in-car games, like I spy and bingo. If all else fails, go for healthy snacks. Dried fruit satisfies a sweet tooth, but it’s healthy too.

Less mess

Cleaning up smears of food from car seats is no fun. Be sure to pack things that are easy to eat and won’t damage the upholstery if they get dropped.

Pitta pockets and wraps might be a better alternative to sandwiches as fillings are less likely to be spilled.

If possible, pull over to an appropriate area for your young passengers to eat. Not only will you reduce the amount of food that ends up on the seats and floor, but the risk of choking is minimised.

To make the trip more enjoyable, plan ahead to stop somewhere nice for lunch. A well-planned break can turn an arduous journey into a memorable family day out.

Make sure that everyone has a chance to stretch their legs too – after all, it’s not just children who get irritated when cooped up for too long.

Slow burn

The best foods for long journeys are ones that release their energy over a long period of time. Cereals like oats and barley as well as pulses are great foods for sustaining even energy levels – good for the kids and ideal for the driver, helping to maintain concentration.

Long lasting energy from oatcakes, wholemeal bread and bean salads are an important part of a healthy road trip meal.


Car sickness can be a major problem for young passengers and fatty foods really won’t help.

Stick instead to raw fresh veggies like carrot sticks, celery, cucumber and peppers. Go for low-fat sandwich, pita or wrap fillings like chicken or tuna and steer clear of mayonnaise.  

Fresh fruit salads or seasonal compotes are a better choice than sticky cakes or pastries.


Good hydration is very important, but avoid giving children fizzy drinks or bottles of juice. They’ll gulp them down and soon need the toilet.

A good solution, especially during the summer months, is to freeze a bottle of water or juice. Kids will love handling the cool container and because they can only sip the melt water, they won’t be able to guzzle the drink too quickly.

Don’t forget to give your car a once-over before you leave home. Inspect oil, coolant and other fluid levels, make sure tyres are fully inflated and check that your car insurance
 offers an appropriate level of cover for the driving you’ll be doing.

Author Bio:
Liam Williams writes for the Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters blog. In his spare time he enjoys motoring and organic gardening.