REMEMBER, remember to save in November. Friday is Guy Fawkes Night but there’s no need to watch your money go up in smoke.
This year the big trend is for affordable low noise fireworks, so you can celebrate the big night without the big bang.
So whether you prefer a sparkling show or top notch rockets, here’s how to pick the right fireworks for your family.
Mega Sparklers 10-inch, 5 pack, 50p at Morrisons
Low Noise Sorcerer Colour Wheels and Roman Candles, £5.99 at Aldi
Sparkling Gems Low Noise Fountain 4-Pack, £6 at Morrisons
Funky Frog Fountain Box, £10.99 at The Range
Illusion Missile 100 Barrage Shot, £6 at Morrisons
TNT Magic Selection Box of Fireworks, £6 At Asda
Standard Fireworks Dyno Rockets, £7.99 at Lidl, or buy three for £20
Demon Display Pack, £25 at Morrisons
Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Stay safe and always follow the firework code
1. Never buy fireworks from unlicensed retailers. These fireworks may be unsafe and illegal.
2. Avoid setting fireworks off late at night. Be considerate – let your neighbours know you will be having a display, especially if they are elderly or they have pets or children.
3. Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.
4. Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.
5. Ensure your pets are safe. There’s expert advice available at petsathome.com
6. Carefully follow the instructions on each firework. Never go back to a lit firework unless the instructions advise otherwise
7. Never give sparklers to a child under the age of five. Light sparklers one at a time and wear suitable gloves, even when lighting them.
8. Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.
Website of the week
Turn over a new leaf with the Hand Me Down Book Club. Each year millions of books are not recycled due to the glue they are bound with. Now the sustainable subscription site aims to save 100,000 books by the end of 2021by finding new homes for old books.
Subscriptions range from just £9.99 a month for two books in the Surprise Me category, up to £22.99 for six books from the Fantasy & Sci Fi collection. There’s also a Children’s, Classics and Young Adults pick.
All boxes include free UK shipping in plastic-free packaging, with all books are graded ‘good’ to ‘great’ condition.
Founder Will Benmore said: “The Hand Me Down Book Club aims to reduce the number of books going to landfill while ensuring that print books currently in circulation can continue to tell their stories for years to come.”
Will’s Tips for Families on a Budget
1. If you have old children’s books you no longer want, offer them to local nurseries or playgroups. Full set such as phonics books? Sell them on eBay or a local selling group.
2. Torn or tattered pages? Get crafty and use them to decoupage. There are free YouTube videos to get you started.
3. Old books can make an unusual planter for succulents. Try Instagram for inspiration.
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