The added costs of being a single parent


Being a single parent can be both rewarding and difficult. In a world where all the family deals seem to be marketed at households with two adults and two children, single parenthood can be that bit harder. 

Finding affordable days out can be a challenge, whether you are a small family with one child, or a larger family like ours. One of my biggest tips on finding fun and affordable days out is to invest in passes such as the National Trust and English Heritage. Although the initial outlay is more, you save yourself a packet over the year and they do deals for single parent families too! Make sure you also search discount offers as we recently paid 9 months for the price of 12 – plus use sites like Top Cashback for money back offers.

Pay Plan conducted a study to find out just how much extra it costs for a single parent to do family activities and what was found might surprise you.

After searching the market they found that some typical family activities can be more expensive for single parents, due to “family deals” targeting two parents and two children. This was calculated by looking at the offers and prices provided by travel, transport, and activity brands. Our results found that in every instance, being a single parent guarantees you’ll pay more.

If a single family were to do all these things over the course of a few years they would find themselves paying an extra £2,904.95 compared to a two-parent family.

Cost of Being a Single Parent

One thought on “The added costs of being a single parent

  1. I totally agree with this as I was a single parent for years and always spent more on days out as I couldn’t take advantage of family deals x

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