Posted - 22/07/11 | 0 Comments

Massive bill to beat the summertime blues!

Never mind £1 for an ice-cream, the bill for keeping the kids amused over summer holidays will cost over £2,000 for many families.

The break will cost an average of £379 per week, making a total of £2,274, according to a new survey by satellite TV service Freesat.

Petrol, entrance fees to attractions and eating-out lead the table of costs, which also includes sporting activities, lessons, souvenirs, toys and sweets.

Apparently, a third of parents are raising cash by selling items on eBay while nearly a quarter save up by relying on charity shops and hand-me-downs. Almost as many work extra hours to put money aside.

However, those words that most parents dread … “I’m bored” … still sound out across the UK. The survey reckons that 77% of kids will still grumble!

Older parents (and grandparents) may casts their minds back to the tear-jerking song No charge by country singer Melba Montgomery in 1974.

In the song, a young lad hands his mother a bill for jobs around the house. The mother sings her response – reminding her son about all she’s done for him … for free.

You can watch it here. Tissues at the ready though. It’s a weepy of the most extreme kind.

Better still, make the kids watch the video. It may reduce complaints and lower demands, thereby reducing your summer holiday bill!

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Posted - 05/07/11 | 0 Comments

You can run but you can’t Hyde!


Heavy legs, gasping for air … but big grins all round – and a tidy sum for charity!

The Clear team joined 2,000 others in London last week for the Hyde Park Jog, which raised funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Our runners set off from the park’s bandstand, following two routes: A challenging 10km for the fitter ones (two thirds of us) and a gentler 5k run for those of us who consider a walk to the nearby cake shop to be a ‘work-out’!

Unfortunately, progress wasn’t as fast and streamlined as Clear’s invoicing system. Still, we all made it across the finish line … and then retired, as a team, to a nearby spot for beer and pizza.

But it wasn’t the final timings that mattered most (although Adrian was the fastest!). A tidy sum will soon be on its way to BHF.

Our sponsorship and donations are now well into three figures – with the Clear management promising to double whatever we raise!

Other runs and jogs across the UK are being organised by BHF. Click here for more details.

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