Enjoying the summer bank holiday at home

The long-awaited August bank holiday falls on Monday 31st this year. Traditionally a date where Brits take the opportunity to get out and about, on mini-breaks, festivals or sporting fixtures, coronavirus and social distancing means it's looking a little different this year.

To help you get the most out of your summer bank holiday, we're sharing a guide for the top buys to bring the party to you, without breaking the bank.

Weber Go Anywhere Charcoal. © Weber

Barbeque anywhere

Anyone planning barbeques this weekend will know there’s always a chance of showers, despite the forecast. A portable barbeque which can easily go under a cover, gazebo or tree, is a sure-fire way to keep the grill alive, whatever the weather.

This affordable and sleek model is perfect for a socially distanced and delicious afternoon. A handy tabletop barbeque, the Weber uses charcoal for cooking, ensuring you don’t lose any of the smoky flavours. Currently priced at £76.49, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and delivers excellent quality. So much so that our users have voted it as the top-rated portable barbeque on our site.

Klarstein Skal. © Klarstein

Bring the pub to you!

If you want that freshly poured pint at home, then what better time to invest in a beer dispenser? This is a great way to enjoy that pub garden feel, whilst staying safe.

This lightweight model can hold five litres of your favourite draught, making it perfect for any outdoor (or indoor) gatherings. The CO2 pressure canister makes sure the barley is properly preserved at the optimum temperature. Cheers to that!

Wharfedale DX-2. © Wharfedale

Home cinema magic

Lockdown has seen a boom in streaming service subscriptions as people are staying at home and getting stuck into a series. Many, however, are watching in the same audio quality as they watch EastEnders…We think it could be time for an upgrade.

This home cinema audio system has a top-of-the-line dynamic and audio quality, with great integration to any model of satellite TV. Compact and sleek, it can fit discreetly into your room or even mount on the wall as needed. The current price is currently the lowest we have seen this year.

Monitor Audio Bronze 2. © Monitor Audio

Festival sounds

This weekend is famous for hosting many popular UK festivals, such as Reading, Leeds and the Notting Hill Carnival. With all of these events sadly cancelled, there will be a lot of music fans missing their fix of live artists. As an alternative, a new household speaker can transform your living room into a backstage pass.

This model won the 2018 What HiFi? Awards as one of the top stunning standmounters. The modern design allows it to blend nicely with home furnishings, whilst delivering an impressive sound range. With 90dB/W/m sensitivity and an 8ohm impedance, the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 offers a full sound with little chance of distortion. This is perfect for the live music playlists available on BBC Sounds.

Top tips for online shopping this bank holiday

We encourage smart savvy shopping at PriceSpy. Here are some tips so you can relax into your weekend knowing you got the best deal.

Always shop around

It's obvious but it really is the only way to be sure you're getting the best deal. The best prices aren't always the first that pop up on search engines. Take the leg work out of your research by using a price comparison site.   

Check the history

Online prices are updated constantly. Often retailers inflate prices to later drop them once the initial hype of a new product has died down. Don't take the first price given to you. PriceSpy provides the price history and prediction for certain products so you can evaluate the best time to buy to get the cheapest rate.   

Be smart on specs

Know what you're looking for. Look at trusted review sites to get a clear idea of what you are getting from your money. Also, check the make and model of the products you are purchasing and read reviews.